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First Lady of the United States

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First Lady of the
United States
Michelle Obama 2013 official portrait.jpg
Michelle Obama

since January 20, 2009
Residence White House
Inaugural holder Martha Washington
Formation April 30, 1789

The First Lady of the United States is the wife of the President of the United States. If the President is not married, or his wife is unable to do the jobs of First Lady, a family member such as daughter or sister usually is considered the First Lady. The current first lady is Michelle Obama.

Some famous former first ladies include Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, Dolley Madison, Mary Todd Lincoln, Julia Grant, Lucy Webb Hayes, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jacqueline Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, Betty Ford, Rosalynn Carter, Nancy Reagan, and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

What the First Lady does

The First Lady is not chosen by the people of the United States, and there are no things that she must do. She is also not paid anything for being First Lady. However, she joins in many official ceremonies with the President. Sometimes she does these things for him.