Skip Nav

Should Congress Ban Michelle Obama From Policy Work?

As first lady, Michelle Obama has brought the cameras and awareness to a variety of issues. She's promoted sustainable food, highlighted the work of nonprofits, and honored female vets.


Back in 1993 (when Hillary was mixing things up in the White House), a federal appeals court ruled that the first lady was functionally a government employee. That means she (or maybe someday he) could participate in policy debates like a member of the administration.

Now House Republicans are pushing for an amendment that would overturn that decision. The new rule would force Michelle Obama to do her policy work in public, because she would be considered an "outside advisory panel." Essentially, it would keep presidential spouses from working on policy issues within the administration.

Regardless of the legal mumbo jumbo, do you think it's right for the first lady to have a policy role?

Latest Love & Sex