First Lady Perks!

See what privileges and responsibilities await Michelle Obama and her clan when they move into the White House. By Oliver Jones and Aaron Parsley

SETTING A TONE

As first lady, Obama will have the opportunity to champion the causes of her choice. Lady Bird Johnson (left) channeled her love of flowers into a national campaign for beautification, Nancy Reagan told kids to "Just Say No" to drugs, and Laura Bush, a former librarian, devoted her time to children's literacy. What cause will Obama take on? She offered a preview to U.S. News and World Report after spending time on the road meeting military wives: "I would work daily on the issues closest to my heart: helping working women and families, particularly military families."



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