Updated on Mon, November 2, 2009 by Anne
The White House looked spooky, bathed in orange light and draped in fake spiders. A huge stuffed black spider dangled in the doorway. One wonders whether presidential ghosts were horrified or laughing themselves back to death.
The word is that George Washington’s painting remained taut against the wall, amid the revelry. If you remember, George and Martha also knew how to have a good time.
Most Americans celebrate having a joyful, inspiring “traditional” family in the White House.
The subject of the Obama marriage is a feature in today’s New York Times magazine.
Posted online since Thursday, the article remains in the low top 10. Generally positive, we learn not much new about the Obama’s, except for the correct call that their marriage is central to the Obama brand and Michelle is a very traditional First Lady in gender relations.
Since he first began running for office in 1995, Barack and Michelle Obama have never really stopped struggling over how to combine politics and marriage: how to navigate the long absences, lack of privacy, ossified gender roles and generally stultifying rules that result when public opinion comes to bear on private relationships.
Michelle is honest about withdrawing from POTUS’s campaigning for years. The Obama’s have admitted that their union was shaky times, especially when the First Lady felt that she carried the majority of the burden of childrearing and saw little of her husband.