The “First Lady of the United States” is the title of the hostess of the White House, a position that is usually filled by the wife of the United States president. Other than that, the role carries no specific duties or responsibilities, Therefore, each woman who holds the title reshapes it, based upon personal experience and how she wants to use those experiences. The style and choice of what to with the role also reflects on the times in which she lives. I would like to present a comparison between two First Ladies; the currently serving Michelle Obama and one of her predecessors, the late Jacqueline Kennedy and show how this is expressed. Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (1929-1994) was born in Southampton, NY to a wealthy Catholic family, which provided private schooling and wide opportunities. Michelle LA Vaughn Robinson Obama was born in Chicago (1964) to working class parents and lived in a one-bedroom apartment on the top floor of a brick bungalow. Both women, however, got an excellent education and attended Ivy League schools. Jackie studied at Vassar College and in George Washington University receiving her BA in french literature. Michelle was an excellent student and attended Princeton for her BA. She later went on to Harvard Law School, and worked throughout her studies in order to pay for her tuition. Michelle worked in a law firm and Jackie in writing and journalism until they became first women. Jackie Kennedy and Michelle Obama where both married to “first- time” presidents; John Kennedy was the first Catholic president and Barak Obama is the first African American president. Both Michelle and Jackie started their First Lady ‘career’ by saying that their husbands and family are their first priority and they will try to accommodate the needs of family as much as possible during their husband’s careers. Nonetheless, both women did become involved in projects other than their families at a certain...
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