General Politics

Margaret Truman

Lee Sigelman Jan 29 '08

Margaret Truman died today.

For those of you who are too young to know of Margaret Truman as anything other than the writer of a long list of mediocre mysteries set in Washington DC, here’s an obit that provides a lot of interesting background information. As arguably the first White House offspring beset by an overabundance of media coverage, she came in for considerable criticism for reasons that by today’s standards would be considered totally inconsequential (e.g., wearing a scarf rather than a hat in public, and subsequently for donning a chapeau rather than showing off her hairdo), and thus blazed a trail later reluctantly followed by Amy Carter, Chelsea Clinton, and the Bush twins, among others.

[Hat tip to Jim Lebovic]