As I was writing the post about America’s First Ladies, I thought a lot about the various tasks and duties associated with the position. I tried to imagine what kind of First Lady I would be.
I think I would do well at being the White House hostess and entertaining foreign dignitaries. I know how to throw a party and make people feel welcome in my home. I would enjoy the public speaking part and traveling as a goodwill ambassador on behalf of my husband. I could handle “other duties as assigned” and wouldn’t even mind doing it all as an unpaid volunteer.
But I could never be First Lady. And the reason is because I bite back. When all the world is heaping criticism upon her spouse, the First Lady has to smile politely and say nothing.
The first time someone criticized my husband or God forbid my child, I would fire off a snotty response that would singe their eyebrows.
I would use up all my official First Lady stationary in the first month writing notes of apology.
Hostessing skills I have. Self-restraint? Not so much.