The Roles of Presidential Spouses

The democratic candidates remark on the importance of the presidential spouse and the roles they would take part in.
4:54 | 12/20/15

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And we're gonna make a very sharp turn this week wrapped things that care Secretary Clinton. First ladies as you well know have used their position to work on important causes like literacy and drug abuse. But they also supervised the men used the flowers. The holiday ornaments and White House to court know you think you know where I'm going here. You have said that Bill Clinton is a great host and levs giving tours but may opt out of picking flower arrangements if you're elected. Bill Clinton aside. Is it time to change the role of a president spat. The the role has been defined by each person who's held and I am very. Grateful for all my predecessors and my successors because. Each of them not only did what she could to support her husband and our country. But often chose to work on important issues that were of particular concern. Obviously mrs. Obama has. Ben a terrific leader when it comes to young people's health particularly. Nutrition and exercise and I think has had a big impact. So whoever is part of the family of a president has an extraordinary. Privilege of not only having up front row seat on history but making. Her or maybe it's hit his contribution and with respect to my own husband I am. Probably still gonna pick the flowers and the China. For state dinners and stuff like that but I will certainly turn to him as. Prior presidents have for special missions for advice and in particular how we're gonna get the economy. Working against for everybody which he knows a little bit about. I do what I do. Senator Sanders your wife Jane shares an office in your campaign headquarters in Burlington we've seen the pictures the desks right next to each other. Would she have a desk close by and west wing. Given the fact that she's a lot smarter than me yes she would. Our enemy by that we take this moment. To congratulate. Hillary Clinton like the what. Not only did an outstanding job as a First Lady but redefined what that role could be so I thank you very much what. My wife Jane Hall has been. Way back when before going to. A forced the parents many many kids came into our home and receive the kind of love. That they desperately needed and she turns around many lives. She is the best parent in grand mother that all I know. She has devoted her life when I was mayor of the city of Burlington actually when I first met up. We slaughtered and useful office with slaughtered you after school programs for kids slaughtered a child care sent the slaughtered youth newspaper. We got the kids involved in a whole lot of issues she led that effort. So I think at a time. Oh win but so many of our kids. Are desperately looking for construct of activity with too many of our kids hanging around on street corners potentially getting into trouble. I think we need a forceful advocate. For all the children with teenagers what the little children to deal with that this functional trial care cent ups system. And I think my wife would do a great drawl and helping me accomplish those senator thank you. Governor. Governor about. You talked about your wife Katie here tonight she's a district court judge and the question for you was which you have to give that up as First Lady in. Or will she share an office in the west wing as well but I would be totally up to her. In May Katie is never been a person do. Let her husband's professional choices get in the way with following her dreams. And I think she got that from her mother. They admit that she is a far more accomplished lawyer that I was ever able to become before I took my. She is a district court judge in Maryland she puts an awful day there we brace for terrific kid said and done. And yet when she was First Lady thought the state not only was she go to work every day. And and sit there through a lot of saddened gut wrenching cases but then she put an additional time. Being an advocate against domestic violence Merrill make great strides on that because of for efficacy and her understanding of how the court process works she was an advocate against bullying and implementing anti bullying thing so Katie O'Malley will do whatever Katie O'Malley wants to do regardless of her husband's success in getting elected president governor O'Malley.

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