Hilary Clinton must be watching this handover of power with great interest as she stands a chance of being among two record breaking phenomena in the United States. She could be the first female President and also the first First Lady to take her husband into the White House as First Man.
Nestor Kirchner did his wife the honours by handing over the Presidential cane and lovingly draping the traditional blue and white sash over the shoulders of Cristina Kirchner’s shoulders as Argentina’s newest President. The act is a symbol of passing power over to the new president.
One wonders how much power will Nestor still have as the First Man or will he be the shadow president.
It is something that appears to be happening more theses days and may become even more popular in the future where you have husbands and wives taking turns in being in the top job.
I really think Nations ought to look at this practice. I do not think it is healthy for democracy. A couple should not try to extend their time in power by switching hats. What if after the husband and the wife swap power, the son and his wife swap power and then what you end of having is a dynasty.
Cristina is the first female to be elected leader in Argentina in 191 year history according to the New York Times. Some believe it is her husband who helped her achieve such a status. Though others would argue that she is a woman in her own right and has been in politics for some times, like our Hilary Clinton.
In her acceptance speech she called for a “reconstruction of multilateralism,” saying that “a unilateral world is a more insecure world and more unjust.”
She is aware that she will be faced with challenges for being a woman leader that her husband did not face. She paid homage to female role models like the beloved Eva Perón and “to the women in the white handkerchiefs,” referring to members of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, the group that fought relentlessly for information about their “disappeared” loved ones during Argentina’s military dictatorship.
“They dared to go where nobody else did,” Mrs. Kirchner said, her voice cracking as she looked up at some members of the group waving from a second-floor balcony. “Mothers and grandmothers of the homeland.”
This is all good and I wish her well but I do not think a couple should be able to cut it both ways. You either share power with your husband or wife but you can’t have it all. That weakens the strength of democracy to have a couple in power for that long.
Good luck to you Madam President, may the forces be with you always