- Incoming and outgoing first ladies traditionally ride together to the swearing-in ceremony
- For Michelle Obama it will be a final hurdle as first lady; for Melania Trump, it will be a first
Kate Andersen Brower is a CNN contributor and the author of the best-sellers "First Women: The Grace and Power of America's Modern First Ladies" and "The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House." Unless otherwise noted, facts in this piece reflect research from those works. The opinions expressed here are hers.
(CNN)Edith Bolling Galt Wilson, the most powerful first lady in history, ran the White House after President Wilson suffered a stroke eighteen months before he left office.