By Hidden Power: Presidential Marriages That Shaped Our History
Explores the non-public dynamics and historic occasions that have been formed by way of White condominium marriages over the process twelve administrations, from Edith and Woodrow Wilson to George W. and Laura Bush.
summary: Explores the private dynamics and ancient occasions that have been formed through White apartment marriages over the process twelve administrations, from Edith and Woodrow Wilson to George W. and Laura Bush
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Even today, in our cynical, media-intense age, the country looks at the president and first lady as role models. Beyond public expectations, it is a fact that no man needs a strong partner more than the president, isolated and cocooned as he is in what Truman called the Great White Prison. With the exception of Woodrow Wilson and his second wife, the presidential couples of the last century began their political ascent together. No one knew these presidents or understood their obsession better than their wives.
When we walked, we would try to forget that lurking behind every tree was a Secret Service man,” Edith wrote later. By mid-August, they were secretly engaged. Wilson began in earnest to prepare her for the role of full presidential partner. Statecraft, he assured her, was not so very intellectually taxing. ” Wilson’s daily love letters to Edith were now accompanied by packets of state papers, with his handwritten marginal notes. He expected her not just to read them but also to comment on them.
In 1920, she helped the House pass the Nineteenth Amendment—for female suffrage—by a single vote. After a taste of global engagement and social upheaval, the country’s conservatism reasserted itself. Between the two world wars, the United States turned toward a selfish insularity. There was a general fatigue with sacrificing for war, with Woodrow Wilson’s moral rebukes and with Europe’s blood feuds. While the Old World lay prostrate, America’s business was business. The booming new field of advertising targeted women not as citizens but as consumers.