The Wife of a Presidential Candidate; Does she Influence our Vote?

Michelle Obama is the mother of our country. The moment we elected Barak Obama into the presidential office, Michelle automatically took her seat as first lady. Her name wasn’t on a ballot, but she was still able to become an influencial part of American government. Citizens ridicule a presidential candidate based on looks and personality, but to what extent do the looks and personality of the first lady impact the ability for a candidate to be elected? We may never be able to answer this question.

Being a first lady isn’t all glitz and glam. They know the president better than any government official, and in that way they play a key role in governmental decisions. Yet, they aren’t voted into office. Somehow, they end up living in the white house and unofficially impacting governmental decisions without one vote being cast in their favor.

In the 2012 election, both Michelle and Ann seem to be amazing mothers and wives. One raised two girls, the other five boys, both were born and raised in America, and both support their husbands and all they stand for. On paper, they seem similar, but do the voters see something else?

It seems that the first lady prospects are picked apart by the media just as much as their presidential candidate husbands. Ann Romney has been scrutinized about her career choice as a stay at home mom, and Mitt Romney’s campaign has to defend every action she has done in the past and present, yet her name is not on the ticket. We however see Ann Romney as a branch of the president, his second in command. He chose to spend the rest of his life with this woman, so the media and citizens much find out what this means about his character. It is amazing how much one person, who’s name isn’t even mentioned in debates or public policy, impacts a voters decision.

It’s all due to media. A presidential campaign is all about getting to know the candidate himself, their wife and of course their children. If the media doesn’t find an interesting story about Romney or Obama, they can turn their attention to their wife or children. The media is ruthless. And due to this wives have to be on their game as well. They have to know what their husbands stand for, and support them fully, or else the media will tear their campaign apart. Ann Romney, in her interview with CNN, makes Mitt seem like a personable and caring man.

I believe the candidates wives are not presented in the media to debate or discuss public policy, but they are an important part of the campaign because they make the presidential candidates come to life. The stories their wives tell, remind us that the cadidates aren’t just politicians looking to create loopholes in government to pass their policies, but they are also loving fathers and caring husbands. Citizens get caught up in the hustle and bustle of who is right or wrong, but the wives bring our focus back to the amazing people these candidates are, no matter what their political affiliation.

And yes, I think the candidates wife does influence the voter, but only positively. I don’t think a voter would vote for Barak Obama because they hate Ann Romney, but rather Michelle Obama would positively effect your perspective of Barak Obama.


-Katie Gibbs


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This is a blog about the 2012 presidential election. Content is generated by students in Professor Heldman's Politics 101 class. She does not necessarily endorse the views expressed here.
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