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This is really an interesting topic. Thanks Dragonflymind.
Like several others have said, my first vote went to JFK and Jackie was the first First Lady that I paid any attention too, although I heard about Eleanor Roosevelt, Bess Truman and Mamie Eisenhower. I will have to say I did not really relate to her but admired her like I would a movie star. I admire her more now than I did when she was in the White House.
There have been several First Ladies that I have liked better than their husbands. Both Barbara and Laura Bush fall into this category and I was really sad that it wasn't Elizabeth Dole that was running for president.
As for the Clintons, I know it was Bill that was on the ballot but my vote went to him because they campaigned making it clear they were a team. I know she was really attacked for deciding to stay with Bill after all the scandal, but I thought she was so human when she discussed it with Oprah and said that he could make her laugh. I have to say that I could forgive a lot for a man that could do that.
As for the Obamas. I'll have to say the more I see of them the more I like them. I would love to know them as friends and it seems to me their relationship is something to be honored by everyone. Somehow they have managed to balance things in the face of so much pressure. I have a feeling he, too, could make me laugh.
One that I left out was the Carters. Jimmy Carter was our governor before he was president and I was once at the Governor's Mansion for a breakfast of Annapolis graduates prior to a Navy/Ga. Tech football game. I think he got a raw deal and he has done more as an ex-president than as president. I'll have to say, I'm not a big fan of his wife, althought it's possible she would be a lot stronger if I knew her personally, but I have a hard time relating to the typical "Southern" wife. I think it must be a generation thing. My mother thought she was the best president's wife ever. She gave me an autographed copy of her book that I haven't read. I suppose I should read it before I criticize.