The First Ladies Who've Shaped the Presidency

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Joint-Base Andrews On Thursday, May 5 in a hangar at Joint-Base Andrews, l-r, President Barack Obama, and First Lady Michelle Obama, kick off a USO comedy show celebrating Military Appreciation Month

This is a rebroadcast of an interview that originally aired on August 15, 2016. 

First ladies have always played a key role in public relations and communication. Political scientist Lauren Wright looks at how that role has changed over the course of our nation’s history in her book,  On Behalf of the President: Presidential Spouses and White House Communications Strategy Today. She also analyzes every documented speech made by a first lady since 1992.