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Part one: Potential American First Lady – Ann Lois Davies Romney

"Ms. Romney avid horse back rider!"
"Ms. Romney avid horse back rider!"
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America has always been enamored by the women who occupy the White House. In modern times, who can forget Jackie Kennedy, Rosalynn Carter, Hillary Clinton, or Laura Bush?

Each of these women will forever have the recognition as having been married to an American president. Never-the less, each in their own way will have made a place for themselves in history.

They each bring to the White House their own unique experiences, abilities, and personalities hoping to make a name for themselves according to their agendas.

They will, of course, decorate the family living quarters to suit their own family; but many have taken it upon themselves to make drastic changes in the rest of the White House; much to the delight or dismay of the citizenry. Christmas at the White House is normally overseen by the First Lady each year as well. Each First Lady will usually come to the White House with a schema of their own; promoting things that are of great concern to her.

Atlantans can more closely relate to Rosalynn Carter who was also the First Lady of the Governor’s mansion in Atlanta. She brought awareness to the plight of those with mental illness. She also volunteered at Georgia Regional Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. And for four years, she was the honorary chairperson for Georgia Special Olympics.

She continued her campaign while in the White House to help those who were mentally ill; and mostly a forgotten people. She not only helped to make the country aware of the vast problem of mental illness; but also helped to get laws passed to actually help those who suffered from an array of mental disorders.

Those who occupy the White House are a type of royalty to Americans. But on the contrary, the national feelings are quite unlike the reverence the English have for Elizabeth Windsor, the Queen of England. It seems in America that the First Lady is either loved or despised.

A lot of attention is given to each woman once she becomes the First Lady; and sometimes the public is not too happy about extravagance and waste that can take place in the House of the People. They note her fashion statements, her devotion to family, and the philosophies that she endorses.

However in spite of everything, when a man has been elected President, she comes with him part and parcel. It has often been reported that the First Lady has more power over the President (and his decisions) than does his cabinet. Many First Ladies have actually sat in on cabinet meetings like Rosalynn Carter did. Many times they are called upon to travel abroad on goodwill ambassador trips. Each in their own way strives to serve the American people.

Looking forward to the election this year, there are at least four possibilities of women who could be the new First Lady – not including the current First Lady, Michelle Obama. The nation already has a pretty good idea of who she is; and what she has tried to accomplish.

This article (and subsequent articles) will be about potential First Ladies who could obtain the title if her Republican husband if elected in the November 2012 Election.

Mitt Romney seems to be leading in early voting; but there are those who feel that any of the other three wives could have the title of First Lady bestowed on her as well, i.e. wives of Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, and Rick Santorum.

It was once said that behind every successful man, there is a woman pushing him toward success.

Ann Lois Davies Romney, wife of Mitt Romney, was born on April 16, 1949. She will be 63 years old in a few months. She chooses, along with her husband, to be part of the Republican Party. She (and the former Governor or Massachusetts) was married in 1969. They had known each other since elementary school; and started dating in 1965. They have been married to each other exclusively for 43 years.

He attended one year at Sanford University; and then left for a two and one-half year mission trip to France through the Mormon Church. While he was away, it is reported that she made the decision on her own to convert to his religion. Her parents were not allowed to attend the ceremony in the Temple because they were not Mormons.

They have five adult children born between 1970 and 1978. They are Matt, Josh, Ben, and Craig.

She is a graduate of Brigham Young University and Harvard University. She lists her occupation as: Homemaker. Her religion is as that of Mormon; being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Her father was originally from Wales and opposed all forms of organized religion. However, at one point she gave reference to the family as having attended the Episcopal Church.

To learn more about her religion and faith, you may wish to check this article at Wikipedia.

When her husband, Mitt, was governor of Massachusetts, she was involved in a number of children’s charities; notably Operation Kids. This organization is a public organization founded in 1999; and provides a service to donors seeking to give money to children’s organizations

The home office is in Salt Lake City, Utah. There are a number of celebrities who support this charity; among them is John Walsh of Most Wanted. He came to fame after his son Adam was kidnapped and murdered.

This quote can be found on their web site: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Margaret Mead

Ms. Romney was very active in her husband’s campaign in 2008; and has continued to be a major part in this the 2012 campaign.

Mitt Romney’s 2008 campaign acknowledged that Ms. Romney had made a personal donation to Planned Parenthood in the amount of $150.00. While Mitt explains that while he was once for abortion; now he is against abortion. Does this mean that Ms. Romney has changed her mind as well?

In a video back in January of 2008, she had an interview with a reporter from the Gainesville Sun in Florida who basically asked three questions:

(1) Did she think, that having been the wife of a governor, that would qualify one to be President – obviously directed at Hillary Clinton who was running in that election.

(2) And based on her donation to Planned Parenthood in years past, did that reflect her position on abortion?

(3) She was asked if she and her husband had discussed her illness; and whether or not it might affect tenure in the White House.

Besides the daily stress of raising a large family (and being the First Lady of Massachusetts), she has not been without health problems. In 1998, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and in 2008; she was diagnosed with (DCIS) – which is a non-invasive type of breast cancer. Since a lumpectomy, she has been cancer free.

Ms. Romney shares a fondness of a sport with another former First Lady, Jackie Kennedy. Like Jackie was, she is an accomplished horsewoman; an avid equestrian. She has competed and won several awards in Dressage.

For additional information on her life you can click on the following categories found on Wikipedia:

Early life

Marriage and children

Multiple sclerosis and riding

First Lady of Massachusetts and charitable work

2008 campaign

Between campaigns

2012 campaign

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