Would you enjoy saying goodbye to Michelle and hello to Melania as a First Lady? It seems like they would be VERY different, to say the least. Who do you prefer?
Melania has been mostly quiet and invisible on the campaign trail, letting her step-daughter Ivanka Trump assume a bigger role. “My hands are full with my two boys – my big boy and my little boy!” Melania often says. Elegant and reserved, she does not relish the spotlight, appearing only occasionally with her husband since he jumped into the race last June.
Now that her husband is the presumptive GOP nominee, what kind of First Lady would she be?
Born in 1970 in a village near Sevnica, Slovenia, which was then part of Yugoslavia, Melania moved to New York to pursue her modeling career in 1996 and became a permanent U.S. resident in 2001 and a citizen in 2006. She would be the first foreign-born first lady since John Quincy Adams’ wife Louisa, who was born in London. But Louisa’s father was American and Trump has made his reputation railing against immigration, putting Melania in the awkward position of defending her husband’s controversial stance as an immigrant herself. She does not shy away from it; when asked about her own views on immigration she says, “You follow the rules. You follow the law.”
Melania’s friends say she was a homebody during her modeling days in New York. She has attempted to carve out a career launching a jewelry line on QVC, which sold out in 45 minutes. (Her line of caviar-infused anti-aging creams has reportedly been less successful.) But it seems Melania would be more like Laura Bush focusing on her husband’s happiness and domestic tranquility than either Jackie Kennedy, Betty Ford, or Michelle Obama who all had more complex feelings about the role of first lady.
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