Yesterday, my son, Anthony, had laryngitis, so I filled in for him on “The Ponce Brothers” on WLS Radio 890AM. The main topic that older son, Dan, and I took up was Maggie Daley’s death. Thought you might be interested in some of the bullet points I prepared ahead of time. We didn’t get to everything, but is there anything I missed?
- Why did so many Chicagoans connect with her?
- The way she handled her illness?
- How she influenced the mayor and raised his awareness about the arts, culture, beautification?
- Other ways she was an asset to the mayor?
- Her political clout behind the scenes?
- Anecdote about how the mayor thought Gallery 37 was a stupid idea when his staff recommended it — not knowing at first that Maggie was behind it.
- Defining moment for Maggie and mayor: the death of their young son, Kevin, from spina bifida?
- Her legacy?
- Does the public put too much pressure on first ladies–to be perfect, to be role models?
- The line between a first lady’s public role and private life?
- Did she create a template for Amy Rule?
Presidential first ladies
- What makes an ideal first lady?
- Reaction to Michelle Obama and Jill Biden getting booed recently at NASCAR race?
- When does a first lady push things too far? Pressure to stay on “safe” causes like nutrition, fitness, beautification?