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The emergence of the presidential couple is one of the most important and contentious developments in America's postwar political history. Its citizens' reaction to the First Couple reflects the country's changing morality, its uncertain attitude toward feminism, and the increasing power of the media. Gil Troy traces these shifts through ten presidential marriages, from the homesick tensions between Harry and Bess Truman to the very public scandals endured by Bill and Hillary Clinton. Along the way, readers learn of Mamie Eisenhower's perseverance on her husband's campaign trail, Gerald Ford's embarrassment over Betty's outspoken honesty, and the amazing political success of Nancy and Ronald Reagan's partnership in office. With a new chapter devoted to Hillary and Bill Clinton's tainted partnership in office and to our present First Lady's senatorial ambitions, this edition of Gil Troy's Mr. and Mrs. President offers fresh insights into America's paradoxical expectations for its presidential wives and husbands.
1. "Just the Wife of the President"
On the Trumans, Privacy, and Gentility
2. "Ike Is My Career"
The Eisenhowers at Home in the Fifties
3. The Kennedys
"A Magic Moment in American History"
4. "Crawling Down Pennsylvania Avenue on Broken Glass"
The Johnson Partnership During the Assault on Standards
5. "Stand By Your Man"
From the "Pat and Dick" Show to The Final Days
6. The Ford Interregnum and the Primal Scene of Presidential Politics
7. "Who Elected Her?"
The Carters' Co-presidency
8. "Doing Everything We Can"
The Reagan Liberation
9. Perfect Couple, Imperfect President: The Bush Restoration
10. "Dates With the American People"
The Clintons' Journey From Co-presidency to Co-dependency
Conclusion: "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden
First Consort, Not First Lady
A Guide to Sources