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  •  My LEAST favorite... (8+ / 0-)

    Is Barbara Bush.  What is there to say about a lady whose ability to carry a grudge was admired by Richard Nixon?  

    Favorite?  Harder to say.  How do you measure a Hillary Clinton against a Jackie Kennedy?  A Michelle Obama against Eleanor Roosevelt?

    Maybe I'll go off the board here and make an inspired pick...how about Mary Lincoln?  (No...not just because of Sally Field's performance.)

    She was eccentric...but she had a lot to do with her husband's success and she stood by him through tragedy and triumph.  She was first lady through the four most difficult years in our history.  She endured the loss of a son while in the White House.  Her family, like so many others, was sundered by the war.  

    She was far from perfect but was the victim of unfair attacks even in her own time.  In no small part history has been unkind to her because of the resentment of Lincoln's law partner William Herndon and her troubled relationship with son Robert.

    Had Lincoln lived...and she not had the misfortune of being measured against a martyr and found wanting...we might have a very different picture of her.

    "I don't give them Hell. I just tell the truth about them and they think it's Hell."

    by Notthemayor on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 02:48:19 PM PST

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