FILE - In this Aug. 18, 1992, file photo, first lady Barbara Bush reacts to Sen. Phil Gramm, who delivered the keynote address to the Republican National Convention at the Houston Astrodome. Expecting Ann Romney and Michelle Obama to take the stage to assure Americans that their men are swell husbands and fathers may sound like a holdover from the 1950s, but it’s a relatively recent political convention tradition. It wasn’t until 1992 that Bush pioneered the wifely testimonial. She was assigned a prime Republican convention slot in hopes that her matronly charm would steady her husband's wobbly re-election bid. (AP Photo/Marcy Nighswander, File)

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FILE - In this Aug. 18, 1992, file photo, first lady Barbara Bush reacts to Sen. Phil Gramm, who delivered the keynote address to the Republican National Convention at the Houston Astrodome. Expecting Ann Romney and Michelle Obama to take the stage to assure Americans that their men are swell husbands and fathers may sound like a holdover from the 1950s, but it’s a relatively recent political convention tradition. It wasn’t until 1992 that Bush pioneered the wifely testimonial. She was assigned a prime Republican convention slot in hopes that her matronly charm would steady her husband's wobbly re-election bid. (AP Photo/Marcy Nighswander, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 18, 1992, file photo, first lady Barbara Bush reacts to Sen. Phil Gramm, who delivered the keynote address to the Republican National Convention at the Houston Astrodome. Expecting Ann Romney and Michelle Obama to take the stage to assure Americans that their men are swell husbands and fathers may sound like a holdover from the 1950s, but it’s a relatively recent political convention tradition. It wasn’t until 1992 that Bush pioneered the wifely testimonial. She was assigned a prime Republican convention slot in hopes that her matronly charm would steady her husband's wobbly re-election bid. (AP Photo/Marcy Nighswander, File)
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