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Read This: First Wives Club Edition

Michelle Obama (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

Good afternoon, everyone. If you missed today's Reliable Source chat, peruse the transcript.

Meanwhile, we're still reeling over Matt Latimer's "Speech-less: Tales of a White House Survivor." But Robin Givhan presents another side of White House survival: How first ladies keep busy -- and keep up an appearance of independence -- during all those summits and meetings of male heads of state. First Lady Michelle Obama has some new ideas (touring Pittsburgh's Andy Warhol Museum, visiting a sustainable farm), but as Givhan points out, perhaps not too much has changed:

In their spare time, the wives of presidents have tackled everything from the dysfunctions in the health-care system to human rights in Burma to, now, the unhealthy eating habits of an entire nation.
But even the most independent-minded spouses can't shake some traditions even if they wanted to. They continue to be charged with such hearth-and-home concerns as dinner menus, china patterns and just how to make the White House Easter Egg Roll exciting.
On the long list of traditions upheld by the East Wing, one of the most curious might be the "spouses program." That is not so much an official title as it is a kind of bureaucratic shorthand for the series of luncheons, walking tours and performances that the partners of world leaders typically attend during the G-8, the G-20 and any other random occasions when heads of state gather and their mates come along because protocol demands it.

Elsewhere in Style: Joy Behar is getting her own primetime talk show on HLN, the channel formerly known as CNN's Headline News. In TV news, Lisa de Moraes says America can't get enough of Hugh Laurie's "House," while Tom Shales begs ABC to make "Eastwick" disappear. And Ron Charles reviews the latest novel from Nick Hornby.

By The Reliable Source  |  September 23, 2009; 12:22 PM ET
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Okay, ladies, what's with the wrap-up of other stories in the Post that you've been doing lately? I feel like I'm reading the text of one of those Post radio "If you don't get it, you don't it" ads. Is there not enough gossip to keep you busy so you have to fill in column inches by shilling your colleagues' work? It's really annoying.

Posted by: 7900rmc | September 23, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

This rag gets more pathetic everyday. Robin Givham is a boring hack, repeating her odious malarkey does not improve it.
Reliable Source was once interesting.

Posted by: SoCali | September 24, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

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