Top 9 First Lady quotes that challenge our social media-hashtag world

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Today may be president’s day, but we all know that behind every great President was a leading First Lady that had his back. In the beginning communication was via speeches, then came radio, and television. Despite strong messaging (and a strong executive press officer) each new medium presented pros and cons as well as nuances in the way leaders reached out to the public. For example, Franklin D Roosevelt gave speeches sitting down and many didn't know that he was paralyzed, perhaps radio was a means of covering up the image and focusing on the message. Many say that John F Kennedy had a strong campaign because television was becoming the forefront of communication and the first televised presidential debate took place for all of America to see a handsome young JFK. The way we communicate has greatly changed over the years, yet many fundamentals are still intact.

President Obama has been called the “first social-media president.” During his first campaign for the presidency until leaving office there was a strong social and traditional media influence in the way he (or his comms team) interacted with the public. The first family of today, including the First Lady and kids (and pets), are the center of attention and must manage to target their messages through the mounting layers of mediums. We’ll never forget Michelle Obama’s campaign quote, “When they go low, we go high.” because not only was made into GIFs, memes, social media posts, mini video clips, Tweets, it prompted discussion and action among the listeners. 

We may not have so much documented communication from former First Ladies, but we have a few quotes, stories and anecdotes.

Well, without further ado, here are my top 9 First Lady quotes that make me think they wouldn’t be up for the world of social media, hashtag campaigns and interaction. Or perhaps we can learn something from these divas, who lived in the pre-smart phone era, and led their lives based on their strong values and honor, and not on which hashtags were trending or how many views their speech coverage recieved. 

 “I want to live my life, not record it.” -Jackie Kennedy

But just give Snapchat a whirl, dear Jackie, you may feel like you can do both?

“It is one of my sources of happiness never to desire a knowledge of other people's business.” -Dolley Madison

Dolley, really, y tho?

“No news at 4:30 a.m. is good.” -Lady Bird Johnson

Lady Bird… or ladybird, or …there’s no more breaking news on the hour, it’s all day every day 24/7 and most of it ain’t good.

“I’ve always felt that a person’s intelligence is directly reflected by the number of conflicting points of view he can entertain simultaneously on the same topic.” – Abigail Adams

Agree/disagree/half agree/completely agree/kind of disagree with you.

“Friendship with ones self is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.” - Eleanor Roosevelt

Ele, I don’t know Ones Self, but I have 734 and counting friends on Facebook from all over the world and that is all important to me.

“I never have tantrums. If anything makes me mad, I'm silent. If I'm not talking, leave me alone.” -Pat Nixon

Aka you are going into airplane mode for the night. And, will wait to document your rant tomorrow on your feed.

“I see the first lady as another means to keep a president from becoming isolated.” - Nancy Reagan

Have no fear, Ronnie got a phone now, another means to never feel isolated, again. I think.

“A woman's place in public is to sit beside her husband, be silent, and be sure her hat is on straight.” -Bess Truman

#Timesup Bess