While America's presidents have varied in their tastes, policies, preferences, personalities and more, one thing all but one of them had in common that they were married when they took office. The formalizing of the role of first lady goes right back to the beginning, when the president's wife was expected to be involved in ceremonial duties and also in supporting their husband in executing his position.
Not all presidential couples were equally high profile, and not all first ladies were equally involved. Indeed, there have certainly been marriages that were wracked by infidelity, distrust and even active dislike. However other first couples were clearly deeply in love, such as Barack and Michelle Obama, while others were clearly very much on a team together even if not one necessarily united by romance, such as Eleanor and Franklin D Roosevelt. Others were complex, like John and Abigail Adams, who loved one another but faced long periods apart, family troubles, and the sheer impracticality of maintaining family life while trying to run a vast country without access to a car. None were as glamorous as John F. Kennedy and his wife Jackie, who were held up as an American royal family and celebrated for a marriage that, under the surface, was roiled by deceit and misery. So tell us about your relationship, and we'll figure out which of these couples you are most like!
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