he allegations yesterday that a despicable Washington, D.C. police officer made a death threat against Michelle Obama got me thinking about whether she was the first to receive such threats. She is not.
I also called the National First Ladies Library and asked this question. A receptionist who answered said they didn’t have a historian on staff, but were confident that all first ladies receive death threats.
I also sent an e-mail to historian Patricia Brady, who’s written about and researched First Ladies a lot. As soon as I hear back from her, I’ll update this post.
Maybe Michelle Obama receives more death threats than the others did. But it looks like she isn’t being threatened solely because she’s black — as some Internet commenters have suggested — but because she’s married to a powerful man with a lot of equally powerful enemies.