Bill Clinton: First Bro?

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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Bill Clinton joked recently about taking on a new title, should his wife win the presidency. "My Scottish friends of mine suggested I be called 'First Laddie.'" While popular and logical suggestions include First Gentleman or First Man, the former president's candor may have merely been a greater indication of his precedent-setting prowess.

A White House historian was reluctant to speculate. "It's unprecedented. It's not history," he dodged. "It's up to the protocol people in the White House." Once upon a time, the POTUS's wife was called Mrs. President. Perhaps Bill wouldn't mind being addressed as Mr. President again?

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Then there's the duties that come with the spousal title. First Ladies have traditionally taken on the job of "Host of the White House," changing the china and socializing with the predominantly female spouses of foreign dignitaries.

Now we're talkin'.



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