Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Fact of the Day: Madame President

When a president can no longer physically or mentally perform his duties, the Vice President assumes his role until he recovers. When Woodrow Wilson suffered a stroke, First Lady Edith Wilson had to constantly help her husband. While she defended that she never made any real decisions on her own, many believe she had the real presidential power instead of Woodrow Wilson or his Vice President Thomas R. Marshall.


  1. Adam
    Behind many a President or a Prime Minister there stands a wife.
    Some have welded more than warranted influence - for good or bad.

    Nancy Reagan certainly was one!
    I reckon you could add Eleanor Roosevelt but she was really for the betterment.
    Mao's first wife and that horrible Romanian dictator of about 20 years ago - Nicolae Ceasescu.
    This evil monster's wife was the "she-devil incarnate".
    Mugabe of Zimbabwe's present young wife.
    Marcos of the Philippines and his Imelda.
    Mme Nhu - the sister in law to President Diem of South Vietnam.
    This woman personified evil, avarice and power.

    I would hardly suggest that Edith Wilson was any where near as powerful as
    the above.
    We had one here Australia- stayed in the background - but she was really the power behind the throne (Prime Ministership) - Janet or as I called her "Lady MacBeth" Howard.
    B J Hunnicut aka Colin

  2. I wouldn't doubt it. Most wives let their husbands know what the feel about certain things anyway.

  3. A woman's gotta do what a woman's gotta do....:D

  4. Maybe she's said, behind every successful man is a good women..

  5. Wouldn't doubt it any, wives can sure get their way

  6. Since he couldn't do his job after his stroke, it was good that she could help.

  7. If I didn't vote for her, I don't want her to assume the office!

    1. As you were not born - of course you didn't vote for her!
      B J Hunnicut.

  8. I believe she did as well. I mean, wouldn't you?

  9. Yep, she kept the press and other politicians away from Wilson and ran things pretty much herself.