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For a group of military spouses, this Mother’s Day will be one they never forget. First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden hosted a special Mother’s Day tea to show their appreciation and thanks.

As First Lady, Mrs. Obama continues her work on the issues close to her heart — supporting military families, helping working women balance career and family, encouraging national service, promoting the arts and arts education, and fostering healthy eating and healthy living for children and families across the country.

Take a look at the video from yesterday’s luncheon:

Being  First Lady has always been a challenging, but inspiring job. In the early days of the United States, there was no generally accepted title for the wife of the President. Many early first ladies expressed their own preference for how they were addressed, including the use of such titles as “Lady,” “Mrs. President,” “Mrs. Presidentress” (in the case of Julia Tyler) and “Queen of the White House.”

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The title “First Lady” originated in the United States[citation needed] in 1849, when United States President Zachary Taylor called Dolley Madison “First Lady” at her state funeral while reciting a eulogy written by himself. Harriet Lane, niece of bachelor President James Buchanan was the first woman to be called First Lady while actually serving in that position. The phrase appeared in Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Monthly in 1860, when he wrote, “The Lady of the White House, and by courtesy, the First Lady of the Land.” Once Harriet Lane was called First Lady, the term was applied retrospectively to her predecessors.

The title first gained nationwide recognition in 1877, when Mary C. Ames wrote an article in the New York City newspaper The Independent describing the inauguration of President Rutherford B. Hayes.