As many have of you have gathered, I love American politics. I am involved in it, I read about it, I study it. There is only one question I can't get around: Where the f- this messed up concept of the First Lady (*) comes from? I don't want to disrespect Eleanor Roosevelt, or Nancy Reagan, or even Michelle Obama. As far as I know they are all good people, smart, and they probably do really care about many issues. However, I think that the attention they get is disproportionate, and their political power is even more disproportionate. There is no mention of the FLOTUS in the Constitution. There is no governmental role for the FLOTUS. Yet, she gives speeches, she flies governmental airplanes, and she even has a fully staffed office at the White House that she uses to start initiatives (often commendable). It seems to me that her role is para-governmental, a sort of bureaucratic institution that was born out of tradition (and probably a reflex of the monarchy) and is getting increasingly powerful. If you look at other republics and/or democracies around the globe you will notice that the US is alone in this. May's husband is not going to do anything. Italy's Renzi's wife? Less. Merkel's husband? I don't even know if she's married! (*) I talk of First Lady because historically that's what we had so far, not because a man shouldn't be the First Gentleman. And of course I recognize that a security detail is necessary.