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The health of candidate Joe Biden remains in the news. Two reporters from The Washington Examiner interviewed Dr. David Scheiner who was Barack Obama's personal physician before his presidency. The headline from this interview shouted, "Lots of issues: Biden not a healthy guy." Dr. Scheiner worried about the candidate's potential for...

EMILY DONELSON I. THE THIRD SURROGATE FIRST LADY ANDREW JACKSON'S NIECE, A SIGNIFICANT PARTICIPANT IN A MAJOR WASHINGTON SCANDAL  President Andrew Jackson was America's second president who was a widower. Rachel Jackson, his revered wife of many decades, died from a myocardial infarct (heart attack) during the interval between his election to the presidency...

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT AND LORENA HICKOK "ELEANOR & HICK" : THEIR RELATIONSHIP EXPLORED IN A NEW BOOK Eleanor Roosevelt had a long-term relationship with reporter Lorena Hickok, one that began when she was the wife of the Governor of New York State and persisted during her tenure as First Lady. Susan Quinn's saucily...

MELANIA TRUMP The Incoming First Lady, The Wife of America's 45th President. The First Lady-designate is 46 years of age, stands five foot eleven inches in height, and is in good health. The author could discover neither significant illnesses nor chronic health problems in Melania Trump's medical history. It appears that...

FDR's Gatekeeper: The President's Most Significant Surrogate First Lady Previous posts on the site have demonstrated that Eleanor Roosevelt was matrimonially estranged from Franklin, her husband. The breach occurred in 1918 when Eleanor accidently discovered his ongoing affair with Lucy Mercer, her social secretary. Consequently, during his 1920s convalescence for disabling...

FDR'S DAUGHTER MAY HAVE PROLONGED HER FATHER'S LIFE APRIL 1944 -- APRIL 1945. Once President Roosevelt was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and severe hypertension, his daughter Anna and Navy cardiologist Lieutenant Commander Howard Bruenn assumed his care and medical treatment. Dr. Bruenn was a constant presence and examined Roosevelt several times...

FDR'S DAUGHTER: INSTRUMENTAL IN PROLONGING HER FATHER'S LIFE, APRIL 1944 -- APRIL, 1945? Anna Roosevelt, President Roosevelt's daughter and favorite child, became a White House resident in early 1944 and was her father's closest companion until his death in April, 1945. It was at her insistence that FDR was examined by...

DID HER INTERVENTION PROLONG FDR'S LIFE THROUGH D DAY, THE 1944 PRESIDNTIAL ELECTION, AND THE YALTA CONFERENCE? Anna Roosevelt Boettiger, President Franklin, and First Lady Eleanor, Roosevelt's oldest child and only daughter, visited the White House over the 1943-44 Christmas/New Year holiday. During her four week stay, FDR quickly realized how...

MRS. ROOSEVELT EXPANDED THE PERSONA OF THE AMERICAN FIRST LADY IN REMARKABLE WAYS, BUT PARADOXICALLY LEFT UNFULFILLED ITS IMPORTANT TRADITIONAL ROLE - THE COMFORT AND PERSONAL SUPPORT OF THE PRESIDENT, HER HUSBAND. In 1918, Eleanor Roosevelt, who had borne her husband Franklin Roosevelt (FDR) five children, accidentally uncovered evidence of an...