Has Michelle Obama’s N.H. speech set a new bar for influential first ladies?

A day after several women came forward to accuse Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump of unwanted touching and groping, first lady Michelle Obama denounced the candidate’s “sexually predatory behavior” in a speech on Thursday in New Hampshire that many pundits are calling the second-best of this election season.

The first lady comes in second only to herself, after giving a similarly well-received speech at the Democratic National Convention in July in support of Democratic presidential candidate and former secretary of State Hillary Clinton. While first ladies have often campaigned for their husbands and given political speeches, the sway Mrs. Obama currently has with American voters and the elevated political platform on which she stands is an uncommon role for a presidential spouse in an election cycle.

“This is highly unusual to have the first family campaigning so strongly for their would-be successors,” Katherine Jellison, the department of history chair at Ohio University and an expert on first ladies, tells the Christian Science Monitor. “It is unprecedented that a sitting first lady campaigning for anyone other than her husband would be giving two such high profile campaign speeches.” READ MORE.

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