January 20, 2017 marked a presidential transition at the White House. Many of the followers of My Year with The First Ladies have followed this blog since it began in 2010 during the time I was working for the Obama White House and was introduced to its history and traditions surrounding America's First Families. I became particularly interested in the lives of the women who claimed the title of First Lady, whom I believed at the time, were not receiving enough attention regarding their contributions. To some extent, the tenure of First Lady Michelle Obama shone a spotlight on how First Ladies make a difference in people's lives. Now that the Obamas have departed the White House, the country has a new First Lady, only the second foreign born first lady since Louisa Adams, wife of the 6th President of the United States, John Quincy Adams. Many of you know if you follow this blog that Louisa Adams was not happy in the White House and considered it a prison . It remains to be seen what Melania Trump will make of her time in the White House. My hope is that all of you will continue to follow this blog as the new administration unfolds and history is made. One thing I have learned as I continue to examine presidential and White House history is, regardless of political persuasion, those who occupy the White House do so only on a transitory basis while the White House itself has stood as a symbol of all the promise of Americans for over 200 years.
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