To be honest, the Constitution and federal laws do not really matter. The media in our culture pushes agendas - the "Fifth Column". If the First Lady has an agenda to push deliberately or not, that will get front and center attention in the rag magazines, newspapers, and television. I recall how the news focused on Betty Ford and Happy Rockefeller's mastectomies; women made appointments all over the country and the age protocols for first mammograms were lowered and pushed. Later, Betty Ford was significant in drug rehabilitation programs in methods that worked for her situation. Twenty years before Betty Ford's surgery, Mamie Eisenhower had a hysterectomy, and the media tread gently around that fact, using delicate language.
Edith Bolt Wilson is referred to in some circles as the "First Woman President" because of the lead she took after Woodrow's stroke. Lou Hoover had an advanced degree, had a radio show, and encouraged the Girl Scouts. Eleanor Roosevelt was an outgoing FLOTUS. Nancy Reagan went on sitcoms with her, "Just Say 'NO'!, campaign. More quietly, both First Lady Bushes talked about literacy. Lady Bird planted wildflowers. Jackie redecorated the WH. Hillary pushed her healthcare agenda. Michele had a eating better and gardening plan that extended to the federal lunch program. There are no laws for the First Lady to do anything but tradition holds that she be the WH Hostess. In recent administrations, the FLOTUS has had a bigger role.
I read that many people do not care for VP nominee Pence because he does not believe in Evolution. If he were elected what could he do? Why would this be an issue? Yes, he would be a "heartbeat away", but really, what would he be able to do about anyone teaching or researching Evolution?
Legally nothing, statutorily little, but having an agenda, maybe. The EO has been used since George Washington.
The media has an agenda.
Remember in a national emergency, the executive branch has plenty of powers. See what FDR did with EO 9066 in 1942 with the confiscation of property and the denial of civil rights without due process.
Let me muddy the waters more for all of you. Bernie Sanders is a write-in candidate in some states, so one can still consider feeling the Burn in the voting booth one more time. VP Libertarian candidate William Weld, Harvard Law and Oxford graduate, is an old friend of Hillary's - they worked on the impeachment committee together 40+ yrs ago and as Governor of Massachusetts was married to the granddaughter of TR and had five children.
"Vaccines are like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get - acute hemorrhagic edema of infancy, allergies, diabetes, eczema, petit/gran mal seizures, ADEM, AFP, ASIA, CFS, GBS, JPA, JRA, LGS, LKS, MS, POF, POTS, RA, SJS, SLE, SPD, TPI, Henoch-Schonlein purpua, fibromyalgia, Retts Syndrome, encephalitis, Hughes Syndrome, neurological damage, coma, or death."
~paraphrased from "Forrest Gump"~
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