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It’s disturbing that The American President, the most heroic portrayal of Bill Clinton (or at least a Clintonesque president), killed off the president’s wife in order to garner sympathy. Historically, however, first ladies are often seen as bitchy hindrances to their husbands. Allida M. Black’s Casting Her Own Shadow might be seen as an antidote: The George Washington University assistant professor examines the life of Eleanor Roosevelt after the death of FDR. Simultaneously ass-kissing and scholarly, Black clearly supports “ER” ‘s liberal politics. In fact, she’s so laudatory that when she states in the conclusion that “Eleanor Roosevelt was a woman, not a saint,” you doubt her sincerity. Still, Black researched Shadow impeccably, and one can’t deny that without ER, there would be no HRC. Black lectures as part of the National Archives’ First Ladies series at noon at the National Archives Theater, 7th & Pennsylvania Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 501-5000.