70 Years of First Ladies Standing in Front of Christmas Trees 

It's an American tradition that every year, no matter how dismal, the White House invites a bunch of photographers to capture some feel-good seasonal snapshots of the president's pad decorated for the holidays. Generally, it falls to the First Lady to doll herself up, park herself in front of the tree, and smile for… » 12/23/14 6:20pm 12/23/14 6:20pm

Why the Hell Are We Still Holding First Lady Bake-Offs? Stop It. Stop…

Yesterday, Family Circle announced that First Lady and Princeton-educated attorney Michelle Obama's white and dark chip cookie recipe roundly defeated challenger and stay-at-home mom Ann Romney's M&M's cookie recipe. And while it's tempting to joke about the metrics of stay-at-home mom success versus lawyer success,… » 10/03/12 11:30am 10/03/12 11:30am

Ann Romney Wants to Be America’s First Professional Mother First Lady…

After Hilary Rosen called Ann Romney — and I'm paraphrasing here — a shiftless layabout who luxuriates on a pallet of silk pillows and divides her days between torpid contemplation of her life of leisure and QVC, people got upset. Some people (stay-at-home moms) were legitimately annoyed that Rosen seemed so… » 4/15/12 12:30pm 4/15/12 12:30pm

A Handy Guide to Gossiping About First Ladies

Amid the paroxysm of gasping that gripped the nation this week when Michelle Obama told "CBS This Morning" co-host Gayle King that she's not "some angry black woman," political pundits may have lost some historical perspective. Exhibit A: their breathless discussion of the ‘salacious' details in Jodi Kantor's recently… » 1/15/12 1:30pm 1/15/12 1:30pm

The "Reluctant First Lady" Is Now A Thing

Few in their right minds truly want to be first lady, or go through the increasingly circus-like process of trying to become one. Politico, and the breed of horse-race, minutiae-driven reporting it represents, hasn't make this any easier, and now here it is recognizing the newly frank reluctance of some prospective… » 4/25/11 10:40am 4/25/11 10:40am