Dear Hillary,

            I am one of the millions of Americans who are horrified and amused by this election season. I know you get advice from advisors, political pundits, and the Joe on the street as to how to run your campaign. I thought I would add my opinion to the ruckus.

            Please consider vetting Michelle Obama as your vice president. If she isn’t available, I have another recommendation.

            First, let’s discuss Michelle.

            There are many reasons why Michelle would be a perfect compliment to your candidacy so I will touch on the highlights.

            Michelle is the daughter of a water pump operator father and a stay-at-home mother. She attended Chicago public schools before studying at Princeton and Harvard Law. Humble beginnings and a brilliant mind are very important characteristics for a VP.

While First Lady, like you, she worked hard for many causes: child obesity, assisting veterans, and promoting the importance of education. Fighting for social issues is a check mark in the pro-column for Michelle as your VP.

During her tenancy in the White House, Michelle had companionship from Bo and Sunny, while you and Bill had Buddy and Socks. Studies have shown (I’m sure) that pet lovers make excellent vice presidents.

            To move off of Michelle’s resume, I want to point out less obvious reasons as to why Michelle is the perfect choice to be your VP.

She’s taller than you by four inches. As the Washington Post reported on May 23, 2016 when referring to the presidency, “…height is one of the most pervasive tests. The taller candidate has won the popular vote in more than two-thirds of the elections since 1950.” Donald Trump towers seven inches over you. Michelle’s height is sure to bring the odds to your favor.  

Michelle is younger than you by sixteen years and, let’s face it, hipper. She can bring in the Bernie Sanders voters who, if they are like my millennial nephew, are unhappy with you.

No scandals dog Michelle. I don’t have to mention that five-letter word that stalks your campaign. No, it’s not “Trump”. It’s “Trust”. Michelle can help in that category too.

Last, although I have not met you or the First Lady, I—as well as most people—know you by your first names. Not having to use time consuming last names (Think Elizabeth Warren) is a positive in this fast world.  

I am aware that even if you did consider naming Michelle as your VP she would decline. Malia isn’t starting college for another year, and Sasha will be a high school sophomore when school begins in the fall. Michelle is working on the Let Girls Learn initiative, plus I am sure she looks forward to time off from the political brouhaha.

Here’s my other idea for your VP candidate: Me. There are many compelling reasons why I too am qualified. I am the daughter of an accountant father and a mother who was a nurse, and I am a law school graduate. I work for social causes, and like you and Michelle I am known as Jo, a single moniker. I have a dog and two cats, and I am seventeen years your junior. My millennial nephew thinks I’m dope.

I hope you will add me to your shortlist of possible VPs. At five foot two inches I won’t be able to help you in the height department so I understand if you pass. I am available, however, for a cabinet position, which to the best of my knowledge is not height restrictive (Think Madeleine Albright).

            Thanks for listening to this Jo on the street. If you desire any further tips, please do not hesitate to contact me.

All my best for a successful election, Jo

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When Joanne Lewis is not practicing law, she is writing. She pens murder mysteries, historical fiction and historical fantasy books and is the author of several award-winning novels. As an author, she hopes to entertain, to educate, and perhaps to enlighten. As an attorney, she is most proud of her work as an assistant state attorney and as a guardian ad litem representing the best interests of children.

Her books are available on Kindle, as paperbacks, and as audio books.

Her latest release is Bee King, a historical novel that is about the first person in the United States diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, and takes place from the start of the Civil War until 1910. Just like the people who inhabited Five Points in lower Manhattan during the 1800s and the turn of the century, Bee King traverses the pentagonal streets where abolitionists battled copperheads, immigrants clashed among social, religious and political strife, and doctors and psychologists strained to help patients. Told in Five Points (sections), Bee King is dramatized through conventional literary devices as well as through newspaper articles, a manifesto, and other non-traditional tools.

The Forbidden trilogy consists of the novels: Forbidden Room, Forbidden Night, and Forbidden Horses. Forbidden Room is her best-selling novel.

In Forbidden Room, the first book in the Forbidden trilogy, new attorney Michael Tucker has few clients, yearns to be like his famous grandmother and cannot afford to move out of his parents' home. Sara Goldstein is an heiress accused of killing her uncle. When Sara hires Michael, he gets the chance to defend an innocent person, a beautiful lover and notoriety like his grandmother. But is it more than he asked for? Is Sara innocent or is she a murderer?

Forbidden Night, the second book in the Forbidden trilogy, delves further into Michael and Sara’s complicated relationship, as well as into Soldier Boy’s psyche, into their family histories, and into the creation of the carousel horses. The question posed in Forbidden Room, the first book of the Forbidden trilogy—Is Sara innocent or is she a murderer—is answered.

Forbidden Horses, the final book in the Forbidden trilogy, travels to the eighteenth century and takes place in Austria to reveal the troubled history of the creation of the carousel horses.

Michelangelo & Me is a series of five novellas in the genre of historical fantasy.

In the first book of the series, Michelangelo & the Morgue, seventeen-year-old Michelangelo defies religious and political powers in order to capture a serial killer who is murdering the artists of Florence. In Sleeping Cupid, the second book, Michelangelo’s believed-to-be lost statue narrates his journey from fifteenth century Florence, Italy until the present day where he lives in an attic in a sleepy Florida town. Future books in the anthology include Space Between, School of the World and Michelangelo & Me.

The Lantern is a historical novel about a modern-day woman's search to find a girl from 15th century Florence, Italy who dared to enter the competition to build the lantern on top of Brunelleschi's dome. Across time and space, three lives collide as they battle abuse, disease, fear and prejudice in pursuit of their dreams. Along the way, they intersect with some of the most famous figures of the Renaissance including members of the Medici, Filippo Brunelleschi, Donatello and a young Michelangelo.

Wicked Good, a different kind of love story, begins in Bangor, Maine. Fifteen-year-old Rory is not defined by his diagnoses of Asperger's syndrome and Bipolar Disorder and lives life to the fullest. Archer, his adoptive mother, is Rory's biggest fan. Rory searches for his birth parents to find out why he is the way he is. He discovers his roots in Salem, Massachusetts where the Salem Witch Trials had occurred, and in Gloucester, Massachusetts where fishermen went down with the Andrea Gail during the Perfect Storm. He also learns his true roots are closest to his home in Bangor. As Rory discovers truths about himself, Archer learns about herself too.

Make Your Own Luck is the unforgettable and moving novel of Remy Summer Woods, a young attorney who refuses to believe thirteen-year-old Bonita Pickney killed her father, Patrick Pickney. Remy risks her relationship with her own father as well as her life to prove Bonita's innocence. Along with learning what happened the night Patrick was murdered, Remy discovers hard truths about her family and herself.

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