The US has five former first ladies. Who are they?
1. Rosalynn Carter
Jimmy Carter won the US election of 1976 and served one full term as the country’s president. His now 90 year-old wife Rosalynn joined him in the White House, and according to CNN, used her time as First Lady to campaign for the “performing arts”, as well as “mental health”. The network also reports that she works with Habitat for Humanity, who build homes all over the world for people in need.
2. Barbara Bush
Aged 92, Barbara Bush is the wife of former US president George H. W. Bush, who served as Republican president for one term between 1989 and 1993. As FLOTUS, she mainly focused on literacy, which she often described as the “most important issue”, according to White House records.
When she turned 92 earlier this year, her husband posted a heart-warming tweet of the pair of them:
Happiest of birthdays to Barbara Pierce of Rye, NY. I'm still the luckiest guy in the world. pic.twitter.com/qsUHtyBIez— George Bush (@GeorgeHWBush) June 8, 2017
3. Hillary Clinton
This American First Lady - and politician in her own right - served as the US FLOTUS between 1993 and 2001. She then went on to become a New York Senator before becoming Barack Obama’s Secretary of State. Clinton followed this by winning the Democratic nomination for president in 2016, but lost out on becoming president to Donald Trump in last November's election.
Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 25, 2017
4. Laura Bush
Bush is the husband of former US president George W. Bush, and served as First Lady between 2001 and 2009. According to White House government records, her time as First Lady focused on education, and in 2003 she became the honorary ambassador for the UN Literacy Decade.
5. Michelle Obama
The wife of Barack Obama was America’s First Lady between 2009 and 2017. She has been a lawyer, and used her time in the White House to promote giving young girls a good start in life with a strong education.
Current first lady: Melania Trump
Mrs Trump has been America’s First Lady since her husband’s inauguration in January of this year. Born in Slovenia (Yugoslavia at the time), Melania is only the second First Lady to have been born outside America.