Feb 8, 2016
Our topic today draws upon the sparsely populated archive of U.S. first ladies on television. Two First Ladies stand out with television presence. They rise taller than their peers, leaving a lasting impression which I hope you will find not only inspirational, but also piques your curiosity.
The first is Eleanor Roosevelt. Yes she served as First lady from March 1933 to April 1945 (the period of time in American history before the Constitution was amended to limit the president to two terms). She served as U.S. Delegate to the U.N. General Assembly from 1946 to 1952 and in 1961 and ’62, chaired the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women.
Second, we'll review the powerful TV presence Betty Ford had, both during her brief term as First Lady and even after. Due to an unexpected series of events in the Nixon Administration, Betty arrived at the White House as the unfiltered mother of four and wife of a congressman from Michigan. Just what the country needed.