Roles of the American First Lady : White House Care-Taker or the President’s Adviser

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  • สุธีรา อภิญญาเวศพร คณะอักษรศาสตร์ มหาวิทยาลัยศิลปากร

Keywords:

The American First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, Hillary Clinton, Abigail Adams

Abstract

“American First Lady” is not an official position appointed by laws and her role is not officially defined. As a public figure and the closest person to the President, her life and activities always receive close attention from the American public and the media. In addition, her opinion may have a direct or indirect influence upon the President. The First Lady is expected to be able to perform a variety of roles such as hosting the White House social functions, giving speeches to the public, participating in social welfare activities, political campaigning, testifying before the Congress commissions etc. However, Americans will not approve of the First Lady assuming an equal or more prominent role than the President. The First Lady’s roles are diverse, depending on her attitude, interests and personal relationship with the President. Some First Lady confine themselves to traditional roles such as taking care of the White House, organizing charity work and keeping away from the Presidential domain. On the other hand, some First Ladies insist on taking part in political activities and they become important political partners and advisers to the President.

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Published

2020-02-06

How to Cite

อภิญญาเวศพร ส. (2020). Roles of the American First Lady : White House Care-Taker or the President’s Adviser. Journal of the Faculty of Arts, Silpakorn University, 36(1), 43–67. Retrieved from https://so04.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/jasu/article/view/238664