Happy President’s Day! 50 Pictures Of First Ladies Being Awesome

As a rabid gang of man-hating lesbians*, there’s nothing we hate more than a holiday dedicated to a bunch of dudes. (Ultimately this leaves us with Purim and Mother’s Day.) Luckily where you find a powerful man, you’ll also find the woman he’s married to. We call those women “First Ladies.” Sometimes they do things and look awesome and people take pictures. Unfortunately, photograph machines are a fairly recent invention so therefore we have a limited pool to choose from. That’s fine because one can never look at too many pictures of Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton or Jackie Kennedy.

Last year we did a Top Ten First Ladies of All Time which was pretty rad, possibly way radder than this.

* just kidding

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  1. This is very cool, great photos! And it makes me so proud that here we’ve had a female president in power for 21 of the last 22 years…granted now we have a man, but on the upside he is a very pro gay, poem composing leprechaun,(well, he looks like one, so same difference) and there are also unconfirmed reports that he may be a wizard…http://rosneypublicrelations.blog.com/files/2011/10/Wizard-222×300.jpg See, Irish president win all round!!

  2. I fangirl by myself and squeal out loud every time someone even mentions Michelle Obama.

    I just don’t understand how she can be so damn awesome. Push up contest with Ellen. Work out/Dance routine with Beyonce. Arms that make me wonder if she can beat Tina Turner in an arm wrestling contest.

    The woman can do no wrong.

    13 year old girls have Justin Bieber.

    I have Michelle Obama.

  3. I love this! 28 is too adorable for words.

    That being said… Eleanor Roosevelt is my homegirl and there is not enough of her on this list.

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  4. I’m totally digging the pic of Betty Ford with her ERA button! imagine that, a Republican woman who was proudly in support of women’s rights.

    also, amen to the comment above– if any first lady should be getting some lovin’ on a website for queer ladies, it’s Eleanor.

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