Campaign for the First Lady

The image of the American first lady is iconic. She must be fashionable, motherly, warm, talented and intelligent. She is also expected to be an advisor and confidante to the president. Although the first lady has no official duties or salary, Americans often regard her as the chief hostess of the White House.

In English, a guest is someone in your home. The host is the person who has invited you.

Presidential hopefuls can sometimes spend up to two years trying to get the job. During that time, the candidate’s wife (and potential first lady) is often considered a stand-in for the would-be president.

This year, the Democratic Party, one of the two major US political parties, again selected Barack Obama as the presidential candidate. At the Democratic National Convention this September, Michelle Obama gave a televised speech to support her husband.

At the Republican National Convention in August the Republican Party officially nominated Mitt Romney to challenge Barack Obama. His wife, Ann Romney also delivered a speech to support her husband.

Word of the day: Confidante: Someone you tell your secrets to

Both women are very devoted to their husbands and have much in common. Yet there are also differences in their backgrounds and priorities.

Michelle Obama grew up in Chicago, Illinois, with her brother. Her father worked for the Chicago Water Department as a pump operator and her mother was a stay-at-home mom. Michelle attended public schools in Chicago. She then earned a degree in sociology and African-American studies from prestigious Princeton University. She graduated from Harvard Law School in 1988. She met Barack Obama when working as a lawyer at a Chicago law firm. They married in 1992 and now have two daughters, Sasha and Malia.

Michelle left the law firm to work with communities in Chicago. As first lady, Michelle has remained committed to working with young people.

Ann’s parents, Edward and Lois Davies, raised her in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She has three brothers. She and Mitt got engaged when they were still in high school. They married in 1969, shortly after he returned from a religious mission.

Ann and Mitt attended Brigham Young University, an important religious school founded by the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Ann graduated in 1975 with a degree in French. Ann and Mitt have five sons. Ann was a stay-at-home mother but became involved in politics when the family lived in Massachusetts. She ran for town meeting representative and won.

The woman who becomes the US’ first lady for the next four years will keep the image of the first lady as an American icon. Her interests, activities and fashions will be studied. There is much information available about first ladies and their individual styles. The White House website has a page dedicated to the biographies of every American first lady.

No matter whose husband wins come November 6, his wife will play an important role right by his side.

Original article by C. Murphy Hebert – Phoenix, Arizona. Text edited by The Word’s Methodology team

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The image of the American first lady is iconic. She must be fashionable, motherly, warm, talented and intelligent. She also must help and support her husband. She doesn’t have any official duties or salary but Americans often see her as the hostess of the White House.

This year the question is not only Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, but also Michelle Obama or Ann Romney.

Both women have a lot in common. For example, they are absolutely devoted to their husbands. When the Republican Party officially nominated Mitt Romney in August, his wife, Ann Romney, gave an emotional speech to support her husband. In September, the Democratic Party again chose Barack Obama as the presidential candidate. Michelle Obama then delivered a televised speech.

However, there are also differences in their background and priorities.

Get / earn / have a degree in something – to successfully finish university. ‘She finished university last year.’ ‘She graduated in French’ means she has a degree in French.

Michelle Obama comes from Chicago, Illinois. She went to public schools in Chicago. Then, she studied at prestigious Princeton University. There, she got a degree in sociology and African-American studies. She also has a degree from Harvard Law School. She met Barack Obama when she was working for a law firm in Chicago. They got married in 1992. They have two daughters, Sasha and Malia.

As first lady, she has been working with young people and communities.

Ann Romney was born in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Ann and Mitt went to Brigham Young University, a well-known religious school which was founded by the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She finished with a degree in French.

Ann and Mitt Romney got engaged when they were still in high school. They got married in 1969, right after Mitt returned from a religious mission. Now, they have five sons.

Ann was a stay-at-home mother but she became interested in politics. However, she is also known as a great supporter of her husband.

Word of the Day: Be available – when something or somebody is available, you can get it or see the person. ‘Mr Smith is not available now because he’s in a meeting.’ ‘I’m afraid this information is not available.’

On November 6, one of these two women will become the US’ first lady. Her interests, activities and fashions will be discussed. There is a lot of information available about first ladies and their individual styles. Clothing, dishes, letters and other personal things are on display in museums and libraries across the country. Also, on the White House website there is a section of biographies of every American first lady.

Original article by C. Murphy Hebert – Phoenix, Arizona. Text edited by The Word’s methodology team

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The image of the American first lady is iconic. She must be fashionable, motherly, warm, talented and intelligent. She is also expected to be an advisor and confidante to the president. Although the first lady has no official duties or salary, Americans often regard her as the chief hostess of the White House.

Presidential hopefuls can sometimes spend up to two years campaigning for the position. During that time, the candidate’s wife (and potential first lady) is often considered a surrogate for the would-be president.

This year, the Democratic Party, one of the two major US political parties, again selected Barack Obama as the presidential candidate. At the Democratic National Convention this September, Michelle Obama gave a televised speech to support her husband.

The Republican Party officially nominated Mitt Romney to challenge Barack Obama at the Republican National Convention in August. His wife, Ann Romney also delivered a stirring speech to support her husband.

Both women are fiercely devoted to their husbands and have much in common. Yet there are also differences in their backgrounds and priorities.

The author uses some interesting adjectives. ‘A stirring speech’ is one that is full of energy and causes an emotional reaction. ‘Fiercely devoted’ means they are deeply attached to their husbands.

Michelle Obama grew up in Chicago, Illinois, with her brother. Her father worked for the Chicago Water Department as a pump operator. He had multiple sclerosis, a serious disease, but rarely missed work. Michelle’s mother, Marian, was a stay-at-home mom who made sure the children were happy and doing well in school.

Michelle attended public schools in Chicago. She then earned a degree in sociology and African-American studies from prestigious Princeton University. She graduated from Harvard Law School in 1988. She met Barack Obama when working as a lawyer at a Chicago law firm. They married in 1992 and now have two daughters, Sasha and Malia.

Michelle left the law firm to work with communities in Chicago, holding a position in Chicago’s City Hall. She later founded a local chapter of Public Allies, a volunteer program that helps prepare young people for public service.  She also held important positions at the University of Chicago.

Word of the day: To curtail: To reduce something

As first lady, Michelle has remained committed to working with young people. Examples are her campaign to curtail childhood obesity and her work with Dr. Jill Biden, Vice President Joe Biden’s wife. Michelle and Jill created Joining Forces, an initiative to help military families.

Ann’s parents, Edward and Lois Davies, raised her in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She has three brothers. She and Mitt got engaged when they were still in high school. She and Mitt married in 1969, shortly after he returned from a religious mission.

Ann and Mitt attended Brigham Young University, an esteemed religious school founded by the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. They had their first son in 1970, while both were still at Brigham Young University. Ann graduated in 1975 with a degree in French.

Ann and Mitt have five sons. Ann was a stay-at-home mother but became involved in politics when the family lived in Belmont, Massachusetts. She ran for town meeting representative and won. She has campaigned for her husband through several state races and an unsuccessful bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008. She is best known as a source of unwavering support for Mitt, reportedly urging him to run again in 2012.

The woman who becomes the US’ first lady for the next four years will uphold the image of the first lady as an American icon. Her interests, activities and fashions will most certainly be studied. There is much information available about first ladies and their individual styles. Clothing, dishes, letters and other personal effects are on display in museums and libraries across the country. The White House website has a page dedicated to the biographies of every American first lady.

No matter whose husband wins come November 6, his wife will play an important role right by his side.

C. Murphy Hebert – Phoenix, Arizona

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