Veteran White House journalist Carl M. Cannon takes a look at Michelle Obama, the first African American first lady, a Harvard-trained lawyer, and one of her husband’s most valued political mentors.  This presentation is the first in the new series Beyond the Gowns: First Ladies in American History.
Carl M. Cannon
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Veteran journalist Carl M. Cannon discusses the life of first lady Michele Obama on Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Michelle Obama is the 46th first lady of the United States, caretaker of an unpaid position that nevertheless is one of the most powerful in the world. How powerful? Put it this way: Even in this rarified air, Mrs. Obama stands out for her closeness to the president.

Moreover, she is the first African-American first lady, a symbol that cannot be overstated in the black community.

Mrs. Obama is also representative of a new generation of first ladies. She is the first post-Title IX first lady, a woman who was the president’s professional mentor before they went into politics, who kept her job during the 2008 campaign, who has a Harvard law degree, and who hugged the Queen of England.

Cannon’s presentation is the first in a new series Beyond the Gowns: First Ladies in American History.

The series is made possible by Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Legacy Fund grants to the Kansas City Public Library and the Truman Library Institute and is co-sponsored by KCUR’s Up to Date.

Cannon is the Washington editor of RealClearPolitics.com. He is a past recipient of the Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prize for Distinguished Reporting and the Aldo Beckman Award, the two most prestigious awards for White House coverage.

Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP at kclibrary.org or call 816.701.3407.

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