The First Lady Who (Really) Ran the Country

West Wing Reports
Jul 17, 2015 · 7 min read
When the United States entered the First World War, Edith coded and decoded secret messages for her husband and other government officials. But the power the First Lady would wield after her husband’s crippling illness would be far greater. (Library of Congress)
“My God, the president is paralyzed,” cried his close friend and physician, Dr. Cary Grayson. He conspired with First Lady Edith Wilson to cover up the president’s true condition from the American people. (Library of Congress)

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