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October 31, 2016 at 3:29 pm

Washington Post Quotes Jellison on Michelle Obama ‘Megawatt First Lady’

The Washington Post quotes Dr. Katherine Jellison, Professor and Chair of History at Ohio University, in a story on “In Phoenix, Michelle Obama goes after Trump again — and offers a vision for a Clinton presidency.”

The national spotlight does not usually follow first ladies after they leave the White House, said Katherine Jellison, a history professor at Ohio University who has studied first ladies, but there are exceptions. Eleanor Roosevelt, Jacqueline Kennedy and, of course, Clinton, remained dominant forces in public life.

“Since Michelle Obama has been such a megawatt first lady, she may be one of those exceptions. She is a celebrity,” Jellison said. “She can have a long post-White House period where she will probably continue some of her current projects, [and] she has political skills, although she keeps denying wanting that role for herself.”


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