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Welcome to Pop Politics. I'm Amanda Tice. Today's issue is the Future First Lady. In the past, there have been many influential First Ladies. Betty Ford started an addiction clinic, Nancy Regan had the Just Say No to Drugs campaign and Jacky O won the hearts of the American public with her impeccable style and poise. The First Ladies have proven that they are more than just the wives of the President. We are here with Lauren Iannotti who is the Articles Editor at Marie Claire to discuss Michelle Obama and Cindy McCain. We thought Lauren was a great resource because of her background in news, politics, and international affairs. Lauren, why do you think that Michelle Obama and Cindy McCain can potentially be the next influential set of First Ladies?

I think both of them are poised, totally break of paradigm of what a First Lady is. I think each person who has been First Lady has brought something to the office, if you can call it an office, but has brought something to the job and I think that this two will bring something entirely new.

What are you looking for in the next First Lady?

Smart, intelligent, show man that they are not really the true Rulers of the world.

It should be like a First Lady that's more out there and independent and like speaks her mind, you know.

Both of them kind of-- their aspects to both of them that can remind us the former First Lady really they're both very very different from anyone we've seen, sort of walking beside the President before.

So, if you have to kind of compare them in terms of their role as First Lady, what type of First Lady do you think that they would be respectively?

Well, I think-- I think it's fascinating 'cause I think they really both speak to sort of what's going on in our culture right now. So, you've got Michelle Obama who's 5"11, works out as a friend said like a Gladiator every single morning. She's a working mom, works extremely hard, Princeton and Harvard Law, she's constantly talking about balancing work and family which is something an American women always sort of concerned with. There's so many women wanting to do that and, you know, she really sort of speaks to that element and it's really really crucial to woman's lives right now and everybody's lives and her husband's life.

I'd like to have like more of a Jackie character, someone who really entertains people, brings them in. I think-- I mean I hate to say it, sounds like 1950's but that's kind of her job, being entertaining like international guests. You don't want someone who's gonna fight for power with her husband.

Cindy McCain on the other hand is someone who has dealt with addiction, she has dealt with a lot of personal problems and physical elements and she has a son who's-- She has a son who's in the Military and he's in Iraq and she worries about him and she's not afraid to mention that. That speaks to a lot of families around America. She is someone who is an intrepid Philanthropist, she's not just somebody who-- She obviously comes for money but she doesn't throw money at a cause. She goes to Afghanistan, she's been to Darfur. She is not timid about being very much involved in sort of really important affairs in the world. So, this is really cool. I mean, what you've got are two kind of great possibilities here. You've got somebody who is either gonna really represent working mothers or you've got somebody who's gonna be fighting around the world for international causes and I think each of them in their way, which is like bringing sort of really exciting things to the White House.

I think it has to do with more of like woman's rights. I would like her to focus on that. I think that woman is just as capable as man.

Definitely handles her own affairs, maybe start something new. I don't know what but something.

I really like the fact that they seem to be real people, I mean sometimes in the past, First Ladies are seen very stiff and quiet and they don't really participate as much. Even if you look back to Eleanor Roosevelt, who kind of started civil rights movements for women. I mean I think these women have the possibility of making huge change and how women are viewed in America. How do you feel about that?

I think-- Yeah, imagine Eleanor Roosevelt who got to see that was, just booking everything. I mean she was really a trail blazer.

The ability to influence her husband to think not just from a strategic base but from a moral base. You know, but I do think that either one of those women, neither of them is gonna just sort of sit back and hold tea parties. I mean neither of them-- I mean, I think both of them-- Both of them will give the tour at the White House in Christmas and you know, would do it-- Would enjoy it and do it. Michelle had said that-- She said that, you know, she was not a member of sort of Senators Wives Club. She says she regretted it but I don't think she- I don't believe her, I don't think she did. I think she's far more interested in having an effect on policy. I know both of the candidates highly respect their wives' opinions and they look to them for counsel regularly. So, whether or not-- You know, whether or not they're sitting on cabinet meetings, they'll definitely gonna have some influence and I don't think there's any doubt about that if you look either of this like woman; they're both forces of nature.

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