For the most part first ladies seldom falter, which is why it was disappointing to read about the wife of a self-described "compassionate conservative" former president fumble on an issue of equal rights.
It's easy to interpret the 2012 election as a ratification of Barack Obama's first term. But down in Austin, the LBJ Presidential Library is making a strong case that the legacy voters cemented in November was Lyndon Johnson's.
Michelle Obama is hardly the first to enjoy gliding over the waxed parquet on the wide, open East Room floor. Her "Dougie" is but the latest link in a history of popular American dance within first lady history.
The parallels between the hate speech of the early 1960s and today are numerous and disturbing. But there are also important differences. So, where does the Republican leadership stand on playing with matches?
There were few powerful women in mid-19th century America who more vigorously pressed the case first for abolition and then for the education, housing, and welfare of freed African-American slaves than did Mrs. Lincoln.
When the opportunity came to partner with a race car driver around a grand-prix track at 150 miles an hour in a supercharged, ground-hugging, open to the elements hell-on-wheels speedster in Austin, Texas, I said "sure."