Boondoggle

One blogger’s personal bridge to nowhere

What first ladies are there for

According to Governor Rod Blagojevich’s website The New York Times, the responsibilities of Illinois first lady Patricia Blagojevich are, you know, all those womanly things.

The Web site for the governor’s office says that in addition to raising the couple’s two daughters, Ms. Blagojevich occupies herself with typical first lady issues: raising awareness on children’s health, food allergies and literacy, and starting the State Beautification Initiative, which planted native wildflowers along state roads.

The portfolio of a first lady

The portfolio of a first lady

“Typical first lady issues” are, according to The Times, raising children, self-State Beautification, and planting flowers.  True, Patricia Blagojevich’s website does list these initiatives…but it describes them as “issues that directly affect the well-being of Illinois’ citizens” — a far cry from prescribing norms.  The “typical first lady” crap is all The Times.  I guess it just made a better story to have the “blast of vulgar language” that emanated from Ms. Blagojevich — I’m not even entirely sure what “hold up that [expletive] Cubs [expletive] … [expletive] them” really means — come from a typically demure first lady with a “very low profile.”  And who takes care of babies and flowers.

(image from flickr user Dazed81 under a Creative Commons license)

(h/t Megan)

Advertisements

December 11, 2008 - Posted by | Feminism | ,

2 Comments »

  1. […] Or maybe the post should just replace the front page with a section on flowers. […]

    Pingback by Women newspaper readers only care about families « Boondoggle | December 22, 2008 | Reply

  2. […] are, Michelle Obama’s responsibilities will include more than flowers and […]

    Pingback by First lady do’s and don’ts « Boondoggle | December 27, 2008 | Reply


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: