Some friends and I last night were discussing various president’s pecadillos and wondering why no First Lady ever dumped her husband. Off the top of my head I know that FDR, JFK and Clinton cheated on their wives. I’m not sure about LBJ (he had an affair while a congressman and married the woman but I’m not sure how he behaved while in office). Perhaps there were other presidents diddling women other than their wives but I don’t know.
One possibility that came up (and the reason for this thread) was whether a woman could sue the president of the United States for a divorce. We all had a vague notion that the President is immune to civil suits while in office (correct me if we were wrong about that). We also figured a divorce constitutes a civil suit. As such, if the president is unwilling to give his wife a divorce (or vice versa if a woman were ever president) is the woman just SOL till he leaves office?
[sub]Note: We realized there can be many other reasons for a wife to stay with her husband. She might forgive him, she might simply like the power of being first lady and unwilling to give that up and so on. IIRC Eleanor Roosevelt held FDR’s affair over his head (blackmail) and pushed FDR into some social reforms Eleanor wanted to see happen that FDR likely would not have done himself. At least that’s a story I heard. [/sub]