Melania Makes Her Mark: FLOTUS After the First Year. [VIDEO]

Melania Makes Her Mark: FLOTUS After the First Year. [VIDEO]

Melania Makes Her Mark: FLOTUS After the First Year. [VIDEO]

Guess who the most popular member of the First Family is? Kudos to you if you said Melania Trump. At the end of President Trump’s first year in office, it’s his wife whom the public loves the most.

She didn’t complete her first year as FLOTUS without bumps, however. Or snarking from a hostile media.

Interestingly, there were those who pitied her, as Vanity Fair wrote about “Melania’s Burden.” But it didn’t take long for the trolls to arrive. Various clothing designers refused to dress her, even though their threads would’ve looked splendid on the former model. Alleged comedienne Chelsea Handler claimed that Mrs. Trump could barely speak English; however, Handler had to eat those words. Melania speaks five languages.

I honestly wonder if Mean Girl Handler is jealous of Melania’s beauty, but that’s just me.

Then there was StilletoGate, when the First Lady wore stilettos on a flight to Houston to visit hurricane damage. Melania-haters sneered at the stupidity of an entitled clothes horse wearing high heels into a disaster zone.  Actually, she changed into sneakers upon arriving, but the trolls were out to claim a Trump scalp. Yet she trolled them right back by wearing another pair of stilettos on a second trip to Houston.

Like she really cares what they think.

Even at Christmas the media couldn’t bother to be kind to the First Lady. They described her Christmas decorations at the White House as “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” She was also criticized for holding Christmas festivities with little black children at the White House — why, how hypocritical, being married to such a racist and all!

Despite all the negativity, Melania Trump has managed to carry on as First Lady in her own dignified, reserved way. And despite the glamour, it’s been tough, especially for someone who seems to be very private. Barbara Perry, a professor at the University of Virginia, notes that “Any person thrown into the role of first lady that doesn’t have public ambitions is in a tough spot. . . .Then layer upon that not being a native English speaker and being more introverted as a person.”

But Melania is quietly making her mark. She traveled with the President to Asia last fall, turning heads with her stunning look.

Credit: Vanity Fair.

Melania also took solo trips to West Virginia, Texas, and Michigan, where she addressed families dealing with bullying, the opioid crisis, and hurricane recovery.

And in September, she attended the Invictus Games in Toronto, addressing the wounded warriors of Team USA.

Let the haters hate. Frankly, I’m thrilled to have Melania Trump as First Lady. To be sure, she appears to relish her privacy rather than being an outspoken figure. But isn’t that a nice change from Michelle Obama and her penchant for foisting awful food on our children? Which the kids promptly threw into school trash cans? Or Hillary Clinton — aka, the FLOTUS Who Won’t Go Away? Remember how she bragged about “two for the price of one” in Bill Clinton’s White House?

Anybody want any more of that? I sure don’t. It’s good to have a sophisticated and dignified First Lady once again.

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

1 Comment
  • Scott says:

    There’s no comment i could make about the recently former (THANK GOD!) FLOTUS that wouldn’t be deemed racist, regardless of my intentions, so I’ll just say yes, it is nice to have a beautiful, graceful, and dignified FLOTUS again…

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