I was recently talking with somebody who was a bit skeptical about the role any first lady would have anyways. My comeback was something like "haven't you ever been to an Egyptian house?!", at which thought his eyes widened, and he exclaimed "actually, she would be very influential...the budget would have to run through her first!".
Thank God Khadiga is an economics major!
Anyways, for a bit of history about Egyptian first ladies check this very well-researched historical roundup. A lot of very interesting facts. For example, did you know that all Egyptian first ladies since the revolution of 1952 have been half-Egyptians ? (As far as I know, Khadiga is Egyptian all over!)
Thanks Senefru for the inspiration!