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Yesterday C and I had an errand to run together. While she had ducked into a sandwich place near UC Riverside to buy drinking water as we waited for our bus, I overheard a young woman talking with a young man. The burden of her remarks was the oddity of Melania Trump being allowed to be the First Lady when she isn't American born. It sounded as if she thought First Lady was (a) an official position that (b) had to be filled by a native born citizen, like President and Vice President.

I can only quote Professor Kirke: "What do they teach in the schools these days?"


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Aug. 9th, 2019 07:29 am (UTC)
It seems forgivable that someone young isn't aware of a very unusual part of the Washington system of government. Unusual in that it's uncodified, and thus not hedged in by lots of laws. It's rather similar to the role of the spouse of the British monarch, although they do have a few official jobs.

The thing that did surprise me years ago was an American who thought that Prince Phillip, spouse of the Queen, was next in line for the throne when she dies. That's almost exactly like placing the First Lady ahead of the Vice-President in the US order of succession.
Aug. 9th, 2019 11:26 am (UTC)
Melania Trump being *allowed* to be the First Lady...??

Ummmmm..... Sorry, that's the only word I can utter.
Aug. 9th, 2019 08:43 pm (UTC)
In the Information Age ignorance is still common
My experience: 30 years ago back when I had a high school Civics class, I do not recall learning about the First Lady.

What they try to teach in schools these days is most likely similar to what they tried 30-40 years ago:
- Show up on time.
- Listen to those in authority.
- Memorize, regurgitate, and make room for the next lesson.

Logic, research, and curiosity are sadly very low on the priority of what is taught to students, and has been for decades.

My 2¢.
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