The wives of U.S. presidents are often important American figures in their own right. Although they have no official responsibilities, first ladies are a highly visible part of U.S. government. The role of the first lady has evolved over the centuries, from hostess of the White House to advocates for public policy. Learn about the different causes first ladies like Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford, Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton, and Michelle Obama have championed over the years, from literacy to addiction to health care reform.
The ‘New York Post’ ran a speculatory op-ed that Hillary Clinton might run for president again in 2020 based on emails from the former senator to her supporters. Meanwhile, conservative TV show ‘Fox and Friends’ broke from the Thailand Soccer team rescue efforts to cover the rumor.
First lady Melania Trump drew attention for wearing a jacket that read "I REALLY DON'T CARE, DO U?" during a trip to a children's immigrant shelter. Her team insisted there was no hidden message, though the president said it was directed at the "fake news media."
Netflix confirmed that Michelle and Barack Obama signed a multi-year deal to produce series and films. “Barack and I have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire us, to make us think differently about the world around us,” said the former First Lady in a statement.
Former First Lady Laura Bush described a policy splitting up families who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexican border as cruel, immoral and heart breaking in the Washington Post. A spokesperson for Melania Trump said she "hates to see children separated from their families."