While President Trump's departure from the White House dominates the news cycle, his wife's transition flies under the radar. She wouldn't want it any other way.
After four years of calm, calm leadership, the departure of First Lady Melania Trump is symbolic of her unwavering humility and the modesty that is all too hard to find in today's Washington DC. Unlike her husband, Melania was never boastful or boisterous. . She was never flashy. She was always stylish and friendly. Melania easily left the spotlight on the president and his "America First" agenda, while still finding ways to inspire people who look up to her – Democrats and Republicans.
When Americans were concerned about personal voting in a pandemic, Melania led the way, cast her vote personally in Florida. The first lady routinely pushed back against her husband's critics, issue her own statements, even if it was uncomfortable to do so. Through the ups and downs, Melania continued to work for a good cause, organizing numerous events in children's hospitals and to encourage US officials, including the military and first responders. She sought her own path, whether that meant make surprise visits to US troops in Iraq or deliver lunch to firefighters and their families.
Perhaps most importantly, the first lady was never desperate for media recognition. While Democrats like Dr. Jill Biden can expect puff pastry pieces and flattering magazine spreadsMelania did much of her work behind the scenes. Faced with a hostile press, she committed to just doing the right thing instead of promoting it.
This is a woman who launched a campaign against bullying, only to be Made fun of. This is a woman who has traveled thousands of miles to serve as the overshadowed, oft-forgotten role model for girls around the world – from the United States to Ghana and India. Melania & # 39; s empowerment of women was most notable at the White House, where she entrusted numerous female executives with the greatest tasks.
Did the liberal media recognize her brand of female empowerment? Of course not. Our "journalists" chose to attack the first lady instead. But she kept going.
Melania Trump's legacy is perfectly encapsulated in one recent letter from her, showing Americans the "way forward" and begging people to stop "the violence" of recent weeks. In her words: “It has been the honor of my life to serve as your First Lady. I want to thank the millions of Americans my husband and I have supported over the past four years and shown the incredible impact of the American spirit. I am grateful to all of you for serving me on platforms that are dear to me. "
And we are grateful to you. Since 2016, the first lady has not only preached politeness, she has put it into practice. Her way is the path forward. It's the blueprint for all Americans, including the incoming Biden-Harris government.
Melania couldn't have left Jill Biden with bigger shoes to fill in – in words and in action. It won't be easy to walk in.
Our only hope is that the Bidens will lead us through turbulent times with the kindness and grace of Melania Trump. The first lady can unfortunately be overlooked, but she will never be forgotten.
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