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"FLOTUS, FLOTUS, What Do You Know About Us?" is a song from the segment of the same name.

It is performed by Dot Warner, who attempts to sing about all the First-Ladies of the USA in two minutes, only to rush through them when she realizes she only has one minute left. Her self-imposed time limit is a reference to her brothers' famous songs "Yakko's World" and "Wakko's America," which also list several things (respectively countries and states) in under two minutes.

Lyrics[]

Dot Warner:
First first-lady Martha Washington stood strong at Valley Forge
And good old Dolley Madison saved Martha's husband, George
From the British in the White House in the War of 1812
These were not just wives of presidents, but patriots themselves!
Eleanor Roosevelt, lady on a mission
Head of the United Nations human rights commission
Just like a tea bag you knew Eleanor was strong
Cause she thrived when in hot water, just like me singing this song!
Lady Bird Johnson kept America clean
Betty Ford and Nancy Reagan, too, if you know what I mean!
Michelle Obama is an icon who put veggies in your school
And like Jacqueline Onassis, the epitome of cool!
Rosalynn Carter lobbied for the Equal Rights Amendment
Florence Harding ran a paper til her husband became president
Abigail Adams helped John form his politics
And her son, John Quincy Adams, was POTUS number six!
Wakko Warner:
Um, how many First Ladies are there?
Dot Warner:
Just 45.
Yakko Warner:
Uhhh, I hate to tell you this, but you only have one minute left.
Dot Warner:
WHAT?! Oh no, that can't be right!
Martha Jefferson, that's just eleven, now I'll have to rush
Pat Nixon and Melania Trump and Barb and Laura Bush
Lou Hoover, Sarah Polk, and Lucy Hayes, what was I thinking?
I had three verses on the tragic life of Mary Todd Lincoln!
Louisa Adams, Frances Cleveland, Elizabeth Monroe
Julia and Letitia Tyler, Mamie Eisenhower, oh no!
Edith Roosevelt, Jane Pierce, Ellen Arthur, I thought I had it in me!
Caroline and Anna Harrison, and Helen Taft, Ida McKinley!
Grace Coolidge, Lucretia Garfield, only seven more to go
Abby Fillmore, Rachel Jackson, Margaret Taylor, yeah, so close!
Eliza Johson, Edith Wilson, Julia Grant, so close, I can!
Thanks to Hillary Rodham Clinton, we almost had a first man!
[A screen pops up, reading:
"In Loving Memory of the Time we forgot Elizabeth Virginia "Bess" Truman.
Sorry...]

Trivia[]

  • Some First Ladies who were the spouse of the President were missed:
    • Ellen Wilson, the first wife of Woodrow Wilson and the FLOTUS from 1913 to her death in 1914. She was the only actual FLOTUS and spouse of a President who is not mentioned in the song,
    • Due to the animation lead time Yakko acknowledged in the first season premiere, the song was unable to acknowledge the then-incoming 46th First Lady of the US, Jill Biden, who was sworn in exactly two months after the show's premiere, making the song officially outdated only two months after debuting.
  • Some First Ladies mentioned in the song never held the title, since they had died before their husbands assumed the office.
    • Martha Jefferson died in 1782. Her husband, Thomas Jefferson, later took office as the third POTUS in 1801.
    • Rachel Jackson died in 1828, a year before her husband, Andrew Jackson was inaugurated.
    • Hannah van Buren, who was not mentioned in the song, was the wife of Martin van Buren. She died in 1819 well before her husband became the President in 1837.
    • Ellen Arthur died in 1880. Her husband Chester A. Arthur succeeded to the office after James A. Garfield's assassination in 1881.
  • When the President did not have a spouse, the title of First Lady was assumed by someone else, usually a close relative.
    • Martha Jefferson Randolph was the daughter of Thomas Jefferson.
      • Martha Jefferson's portrait in the video was actually a portrait of Martha Jefferson Randolph. She didn't have any portraits made during her lifetime.
    • Emily Donelson was the niece of Andrew Jackson.
    • Sarah Jackson was the daughter-in-law of Andrew Jackson.
    • Angelica van Buren was the daughter-in-law of Martin van Buren.
    • Harriet Lane was the niece of James Buchanan, the only President never to have married.
    • Mary Arthur McElroy was the sister of Chester A. Arthur.
    • Mary Harrison was the daughter of Benjamin Harrison.
  • Several Presidents got married while in office. In the interim, there was a fill-in First Lady.
    • Priscilla Tyler was the daughter-in-law of John Tyler.
    • Rose Cleveland was the sister of Grover Cleveland.
    • Margaret Wilson was the daughter of Woodrow Wilson.
  • Dot throwing a living piece of paper into a printing press parodies the Schoolhouse Rock animation I'm Just a Bill.

Errors[]

  • Martha Jefferson was the 12th First Lady that Dot mentioned, not the 11th.
  • If Hillary Clinton had become President then Bill's title would've been 'First Gentleman', not 'First Man'.

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