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Pictures Of The First Ladies At The Beginning And End Of Their Tenures In The White House 

Mick Jacobs
Updated July 3, 2019 131.7k views 12 items

Though the president of the United States may have control of the steering wheel, their partner sits right beside them in the navigator's seat, experiencing all the same mishaps and bumps as the commander-in-chief. Pictures of first ladies at the start and end of their terms show that the presidency affects more people than just the president. First ladies and presidents have changed in many ways before and after their time in Washington, DC.

Some first ladies spent eight full years in the White House, while others spent only one term or less. Every individual who enters the White House exits as a different person than they were before - for better or worse.

Michelle Obama is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Pictures Of The First Ladies At The Beginning And End Of Their Tenures In The White House
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Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama (née Robinson; born January 17, 1964) is an American lawyer, university administrator and writer, who was the first lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. She is married to the 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama, and was the first African-American first lady. Raised on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, Obama is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School. In her early legal career, she worked at the law firm Sidley Austin, where she met Barack Obama. She subsequently worked in non-profits and as the associate dean of Student Services at the University of Chicago and the vice president for Community and External Affairs of ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 55

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

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Laura Bush is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Pictures Of The First Ladies At The Beginning And End Of Their Tenures In The White House
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Laura Welch Bush (née Laura Lane Welch; born November 4, 1946) is an American educator who was First Lady of the United States during the presidency of her husband, George W. Bush, from 2001 to 2009. Bush previously served as First Lady of Texas from 1995 to 2000. Born in Midland, Texas, Bush graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1968 with a bachelor's degree in education, and took a job as a second grade teacher. After attaining her master's degree in library science at the University of Texas at Austin, she was employed as a librarian. Bush met her future husband, George W. Bush, in 1977, and they were married later that year. The couple had twin daughters in 1981. Bush's ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 72

Birthplace: Midland, Texas, United States of America

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Hillary Clinton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Pictures Of The First Ladies At The Beginning And End Of Their Tenures In The White House
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Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton (born Hillary Diane Rodham, October 26, 1947) is an American politician, diplomat, lawyer, writer and public speaker. She was First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001, a United States senator from New York from 2001 to 2009 and the 67th United States secretary of state from 2009 until 2013. Clinton became the first woman to be nominated for President of the United States by a major political party when she won the Democratic Party nomination in 2016. Raised in the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge, Clinton graduated from Wellesley College in 1969 and earned a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School in 1973. After serving as a congressional legal counsel, she moved ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 71

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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Barbara Bush is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Pictures Of The First Ladies At The Beginning And End Of Their Tenures In The White House
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Barbara Pierce Bush (born Barbara Pierce; June 8, 1925 – April 17, 2018) was the first lady of the United States from 1989 to 1993 as the wife of George H. W. Bush, who served as the 41st president of the United States, and founder of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. She previously was the second lady of the United States from 1981 to 1989. Among her six children are George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States, and Jeb Bush, the 43rd governor of Florida. Barbara Pierce was born in New York City. She met George Herbert Walker Bush at the age of sixteen, and the two married in Rye, New York in 1945, while he was on leave during his deployment as a Naval officer in ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 92 (1925-2019

Birthplace: New York City, New York

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