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May 10, 2018 at 8:43 am

Jellison on Air Talk | Not First First Couple to Lead Separate Lives

Dr. Katherine Jellison, holdng a drawing

Dr. Katherine Jellison

Dr. Katherine Jellison, Professor and Chair of History at Ohio University, was a guest on KPCC’s Air Talk in a session headlined “First lady experts check in on Melania Trump’s public perception and opportunities to achieve her ‘Be Best’ initiative goals.”

Host Larry Mantle asked Jellison about a report that the the Trumps are leading largely separate lives.

“The first couple that comes to mind that largely led separate lives, and oftentimes traveled separately, and sometimes championed issues that were somewhat in contradiction to each other were the Roosevelts, Franklin and Eleanor. She was oftentimes on the road, of course going places where he couldn’t go because of his paralysis, but also she had several causes that were near and dear to her heart that she championed at a time when her husband thought it was politically dangerous for him to do so. The first issue that comes to my mind is African American civil rights, for instance…. So this is not the first first couple, even in living human memory, that led largely separate lives,” Jellison said.

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