First Lady News Articles

First Ladies are big news!  Below, find articles that have featured different First Ladies. Additionally, many articles reference the National First Ladies' Library, either as a source or a supplementary resource. 

Also, the National First Ladies' Library historian Carl Sferrazza Anthony has been quoted extensively by the media. Click the links below for access to articles he has written as well as articles that have used his expertise, along with news items referencing the National First Ladies' Library.

When First Ladies Dance
By: Carl Anthony
May 6, 2011

How the Wedding of Princess Diana Resurrected the Queen of America (And why Absence from Princess Kate's is Good For Obama)
By: Carl Anthony
April 29, 2011

The Right Recipe for a White House State Dinner
By: Feifei Sun
January 19, 2011

Michelle Obama, Laura Bush represent new breed of First Ladies
By: David Shribman
September 25, 2010

No vacation from attacks on Michelle
By: Kendra Marr & Amie Parnes
August 16, 2010

America's Royal Wedding
BBC News, Washington
By: Katie Connolly
August 1, 2010

Factbox: Notable first ladies and their travels
April 12, 2010

'Let's Move': Michelle Obama takes on childhood obesity
The Associated Press, reprinted from The Christian Science Monitor
By: Linda Feldmann
March 10, 2010

Obamas invite famous guest chefs to cook at White House
The Associated Press
By: Caryn Rousseau
March 4, 2010

A first lady's first year
ABC Online
By: Kim Landers, Washington correspondet
March 3, 2010

Couple shines light on first lady Dolley Madison in PBS documentary
Akron Beacon Journal
By: Rich Heldenfels
February 26, 2010

The NFLL was featured on CBS Sunday Morning, as Martha Teichner examines the relationships behind the President and First Lady throughout the years.
CBS News
February 14, 2009
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First Lady tackles a weighty issue
The Associated Press
By: Nancy Benac
February 8, 2010

Michelle Obama crafts policy agenda
By: Nia-Malika Henderson
February 3, 2010

Capital Culture
The Associated Press
By: Caryn Rousseau
February 2, 2010

Celebs, mags are go-tos for style ideas
The Sacramento Bee
By: Leigh Grogan
January 3, 2010

Michelle's Golden Year
Tribune Newspapers
By: Wendy Donahue
December 28, 2009

Michelle Obama plays Santa Claus for Toys for Tots
The Washington Post
By: Robin Givhan
December 17, 2009

Obama Christmas: no small feat
The Associated Press
By: Nancy Benac
December 14, 2009

Michelle Obama on Whirlwind Year
ABC News
By: Lauren Sher
December 9, 2009

Obamas, Winfrey Talk Gifts on Christmas Special
The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press
December 9, 2009

What's cooking at the White House?
Chicago Tribune
By: Katherine Skiba
December 6, 2009

Of princesses and first ladies
The Washington Post
By: Roland C. Warren
December 6, 2009

Obama's aide withering under scrutiny
The Associated Press
By: Jocelyn Noveck
December 4, 2009

Obama's social director comes to forefront after gate-crashing
The Chicago Tribune
December 4, 2009

Obamas welcome Christmas
The Chicago Tribune
By: Katherine Skiba
December 3, 2009

Obama family lights National Christmas Tree
The Associated Press
By:  Christine Simmons
December 3, 2009

Michelle Obama kicks off holiday season
USA Today
By: Staff reports
December 2, 2009

How a lobbying campaign helped make Thanksgiving a national holiday
The Washington Post
By:  Sarah Lovenheim
November 25, 2009

Anticipation high for Obamas' first state dinner
Tribune Washington Bureau
By:  Katherine Skiba
November 23, 2009

Michelle Obama's poll numbers slide
By:  Nia-Malika Henderson
November 10, 2009

Obamas updating First Family's image
USA Today
By: Mimi Hall and Maria Puente
November 3, 2009

Michelle Obama to start mentoring program for girls
Tribune Washington Bureau
By: Katherine Skiba
November 2, 2009

The Magic of Michelle
The New York Times
By: Charles M. Blow
October 23, 2009

Hillary reborn
New York Magazine Online
By: John Heilemann
October 16, 2009

Obama girls fly under the radar but how long will it last?
USA Today
By: Maria Puente
August 28, 2009

Eunice Kennedy Shriver: Human Style
The Huffington Post
By: Carl Sferrazza Anthony
August 11, 2009

First Lady Michelle Obama agrees to chair First Ladies' Library
Canton Repository
By: Staff reports
August 3, 2009

Short notice: Much ado over first lady's 'do
By:  Laura T. Coffey
July 22, 2009

Revisiting the First Ladies' Homes
By: Robin T. Reid
June 30, 2009

The Obamas find a church home - away from home
Time USA
By: Amy Sullivan
June 29, 2009

Dolley's documentary
Orange County Review
By: Hannah Wever
June 25, 2009

Former First Lady Laura Bush 'On the Record'
Fox News
By: Greta Van Susteren
June 9, 2009

Love in short supply for political spouses
The Associated Press
By:  Andrew Miga
June 4, 2009

Laura Bush fills in the blanks
The Cleveland Plain Dealer
May 23, 2009

Labeling the First Lady
Women's Wear Daily
By: Staff of Women's Wear Daily
May 22, 2009

The First Lady's First 100 Days
The Huffington Post
By: Carl Sferrazza Anthony
April 29, 2009

First 100 days:  Michelle Obama has big shoes to fill, but so far walking in stride
By: Stephen Clark
April 28, 2009

L'etat de grace continue Obama, le monde
April 28, 2009
Translated article

First lady boost following with more traditional role
Chicago Tribune
By: Stacy St. Clair
April 28, 2009

Obamas rock and rule
The Straits Times
April 26, 2009

Michelle Obama's popularity soars
Chicago Tribune
By: Mark Silva
April 24, 2009

Michelle Obama's garden secret
Christian Science Monitor
By: Peter Grier, Staff writer
April 13, 2009

White House reaches out to D.C.'s troubled schools
South Florida Times (AP)
By:  Brian Westley
April 11, 2009

Michelle Obama settling in as a role model
The Washington Times, LLC
By:  Christina Bellantoni
April 10, 2009

Michelle Obama in Europe: First lady's style
Los Angeles Tribune
By: Christi Parsons
April 5, 2009

Etats-Unis - "Michelle Obama est une bonne avocate de son mari"
By: Fabrice Aubert
March 30, 2009
Translated article

World watches Obama, Sarkozy - forget the husbands
The Associated Press
By:  Jocelyn Noveck
April 3, 2009

Women's History Month
AHA Today - American Historical Association
By: Jessica Pritchard
March 23, 2009

Washington's not-so-secret garden
The New York Times
By:  The Editors
March 21, 2009

Michelle Obama's right to bare arms
The Boston Globe
By: Vanessa Jones
March 19, 2009

First Lady has short time to define her public image
The Hill
By: Emily Goodin
March 17, 2009

Women see themselves in Michelle Obama's mirror
The Associated Press
By: Samantha Critchell, AP fashion writer
March 11, 2009

Letitia Tyler marker in Virginia
The Historical Marker Database website
Posted by: Bernard Fisher
March 7, 2009

Hello Dolley!  And Jackie and Mamie and Nancy...a brief history of showing 'skin' in the White House
The Huffington Post - blog entry
By:  Carl Sferrazza Anthony
March 4, 2009

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Michelle Obama, First Ladies and African-American history
The Huffington Post - blog entry
By:  Carl Sferrazza Anthony
February 26, 2009

Is Michelle Obama really in the kitchen?
Los Angeles Tribune
By: Christi Parsons
February 23, 2009

Michelle Obama's "Wednesday Nights"...and someone else's too
The Huffington Post - blog entry
By: Carl Sferrazza Anthony
February 11, 2009

Michelle Obama breaks precedent, honors tradition
The Huffington Post - blog entry
By: Carl Sferrazza Anthony
February 11, 2009

First Lady Michelle Obama's rollout; first FLOTUS visit to Interior Dept. since Eleanor Roosevelt
Chicago Sun Times / Washington Times
By:  Lynn Sweet / Christina Bellantoni
February 9, 2009

Michelle emerging as active First Lady
By: Bill Plante
February 5, 2009

First Lady portrait hung at Nassau Inn
New Jersey Times
By: Chris Sturgis
February 4, 2009

In Obama White House, First Lady shows she's part of the team
By: Judson Berger & Daniela Sicuranza
February 4, 2009

Michelle Obama crafts policy agenda
Yahoo News
By: Nia-Malika Henderson
February 3, 2009

Michelle Obama and the Covert Influence of First Ladies
The Huffington Post - blog entry
By: Carl Sferrazza Anthony
January 30, 2009

A Look at American China
Rocktown Weekly
By:  Heather Bowser
January 27, 2009

First Ladies: Character to Caricature, Part One
The Huffington Post - blog entry
By:  Carl Sferrazza Anthony
January 22, 2009

Obamas celebrate, at last, on way to White House
The Associated Press
By:  Lisa Tolen; AP writer
January 21, 2009

Michelle Obama looks to shape role of First Lady
tvIcon.jpgYouTube - Associated Press
January 21, 2009

Obama takes power, urges unity vs. 'raging storms'
The Associated Press
By: Jennifer Loven; AP White House Correspondent
January 21, 2009

Obama girls share spotlight on big day
The Associated Press
By:  Jocelyn Noveck
January 21, 2009

Letters to Michelle Obama collected into a book
The Associated Press
By:  Carolyn Thompson; AP writer
January 21, 2009

First lady's inaugural gown is a balancing act
McClatchy Newspapers - Washington
January 20, 2009

The message in the dress
By:  Anderson Cooper
January 20, 2009

Dressing up in down times
The Wall Street Journal
By:  Amy Chozick
January 20, 2009

At inaugural balls, there's some suffering in celebration
USA Today
By:  Maria Puente
January 20, 2009

Text of President Barack Obama's inaugural address
The Associated Press
By:  President Barack Obama
January 20, 2009

Life Under the Microscope
The Dr. Phil show "Pressures of the President"
By: Dr. Phil
January 19, 2009

The Obamas put their stamp on the White House interior
The Baltimore Sun
By:  Karen Hosler
January 17, 2009

Presidential Preferences
Financial Times - London, England, UK
By:  Troy McMullen
January 17, 2009

The hardest transition of all: From president to regular Joe
Scripps Howard News Service
January 16, 2009

White House moves not always smooth
The Associated Press
Here are a few of the mix-ups between comings and goings of former presidents, adapted from "America's First Families," by National First Ladies' Library historian Carl Sferrazza Anthony
January 16, 2009

Role of First Lady shaped by tradition and individual interests
Voice of America
By:  Susan Logue - Washington
The role of First Lady is not an elected or appointed office, yet the first lady can play a significant role in the president's administration.
January 15, 2009

The china syndrome
Boston Globe
By:  Christopher Muther - Globe Staff
January 15, 2009

The White House's protective bubble can offer too much insulation against ordinary life
By:  Colleen Mastony
Barack Obama says his family already is feeling the effects, but watchers of First Families believe the kids may help keep him grounded as president
January 14, 2009

Obama's tobacco habit hardly a White House first
Connecticut Post
By:  Peter Urban
January 10, 2009

Granny diplomacy
Boston Globe
By: Beth Teitell Globe Correspondent
December 30, 2008

Michelle Obama's choice of inaugural gown is big gossip topic
McClatchy Newspapers
By:  Maria Recio
Throughout U.S. history, and especially in the post-World War II era, first ladies have made statements about themselves and the times they live in with their inaugural wardrobes.

New first lady to face great expectations, opportunities
Associated Press
By:  Jocelyn Noveck
Powerhouse Michelle Obama faces criticism 'no matter what'.  Carl Sferrazza Anthony brings history back with past first ladies and the criticism they endured once they entered the White House.

What Will Change Look Like in White House Décor?
The New York Times
By: Penelope Green
Carl Sferrazza Anthony's expertise was in great demand in this new article that highlights many other decorating events as a new first family prepares to move into the White House.

In-laws in White House may add new meaning to domestic policy
USA Today
By: Greg Toppo
Dec. 4, 2008

Great expectations await nation's next first lady
The Associated Press
By: Yahoo! News
Nov. 22, 2008

Will Obama mum-in-law make it a family affair in the White House?
AFP - Washington
Nov. 22, 2008

Malia and Sasha's big move
Los Angeles Times
By: Faye Fiore and Geraldine Baum
Nov. 18, 2008

Obama and family sweep pop culture
Detroit Free Press
By: Julie Hinds
Nov. 15, 2008

Michelle Obama tours Executive Mansion
The Associated Press
By: Deb Riechmann
Nov. 10, 2008

Obama daughters will face public curiosity
Beth Whitehouse - Parental Guidance
Nov, 6, 2008

The next First Lady: The White House's working mom
The Chicago Tribune
By: Dahleen Glanton - Tribune correspondent
Nov. 6, 2008

Michelle Obama: America’s Next First Lady
By: Erica Hill - AC360 ° Correspondent
Nov. 5, 2008

U.S. First Lady: an unscripted and powerful role
Nov. 4, 2008

What's a First Lady to do? Role not specified, highly scrutinized
By: Maria Puente
Oct. 23, 2008

American Presidents Series
tvIcon.jpgCarl Sferrazza Anthony on Grace Coolidge - Smith College
October 1, 2008


American Presidents Series
tvIcon.jpgCarl Sferrazza Anthony on Warren G. Harding, Florence Harding, and Evelyn McLean - Segment on the Papers of Evelyn McLean
Watch   September 24, 2008

Our First Ladies, featured in American Profile magazine, and First Ladies in the 'Times Topics' section of the New York Times, share a wealth of information about our beloved first ladies.
Posted August 20, 2008

All about Jane: Hard life for America's First Lady from Hampton
By: Scott E. Kinney
Article Date: March 21, 2008
Carl Sferrazza Anthony has commented about Jane Pierce, with regard to her recent birthday anniversary. This was published in the Atlantic News, a publication from Hampton, NH.
Posted April 9, 2008

Celebrating the life of N.H.'s strange first lady
By: Jason G. Howe
Article Date: March 12, 2008
Foster's Daily Democrat, a New Hampshire newspaper, posted a story March 12 which discusses the life of Jane Pierce. The story quotes Carl Sferrazza Anthony and references the National First Ladies' Library.
Posted March 18, 2008

Political spouses play important role in presidential campaigns
89.7 WKSU hosted an interview showing how spouses of presidential candidates spend as much time on the road speaking and shaking hands as their mates. Carl Sferrazza Anthony's expertise and comments are highlighted throughout this radiocast.
Posted March 3, 2008

Spouse vs. Spouse: Bill Clinton and Michelle Obama go for the Unconventional
The NFLL's own Carl Sferrazza Anthony is quoted in this article comparing the political roles Bill and Michelle are playing in their spouses' campaigns.
Posted February 5, 2008