Potentially Powerful in the White House

by NeW Staff on June 23, 2008 · 0 comments

A recent poll came out asking Americans which Presidential candidate's wife they prefer.
 
http://tpmelectioncentral.talkingpointsmemo.com/2008/06/poll_more_view_michelle_obama.php.

This really provoked my thinking, will the wives of the two Presidential candidates make a difference in America's voting preferences? How much of a role does the First Lady play in affecting the President's decisions? Should we look at her political views and how she could potentially sway her husband? And what about emotional support? Does the First Lady's level of compassion and concern for the President's well-being influence what type of leader our new President will be?

If this really is an important factor in the Presidential race, then what does this say about the role of marriage in society today? Do Americans really value strong, committed marital relationships? In a culture where the sanctity of marriage is increasingly being challenged in the courts, in pop culture, and in the classroom, one's attempt to base voting decisions on a candidate's spouse seems to signal a double standard.

What is your opinion? How is marriage viewed today in our culture, and yet at the same time, how much of an emphasis do the news media place on the role of these potential First Ladies? Is marriage undervalued or do journalists overplay the importance of one's spouse during a Presidential term? Some interesting food for thought...

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