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Friday, May 26, 2017

The Melania story the U.S. press won't tell

The pope blessed her rosary. She visited the Vatican's children hospital and stayed for their selfies. But the most extraordinary Melania Trump story on this first overseas tour by President Trump occurred in Israel.

Nechama Rivlin, 71, the wife of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin (Bibi is prime minister), confided last month that she has a lung disease which necessitates the use of an oxygen tank.

From Haaretz:
The two first ladies were arriving for a press conference at the President's Residence in Jerusalem in honor of U.S. President Donald Trump's meeting with Rivlin.
The photos of Rivlin, who uses an oxygen concentrator, and Trump were shared across social media, with commentators lauding the two women for their demeanor.
Melania -- maybe a foot taller and 24 years younger -- told Missus Rivlin that they would walk at her pace.

There was another story, from the Jerusalem Post:
Trump and his wife also spent an afternoon visit at the President's Residence in the capital on Monday, where Nechama surprised Melania with the touching present: a book about a mother-son relationship meant for the First Lady to enjoy alongside her son, Trump's fifth and youngest child. 
The book, titled "Hug," and given to Melania in copies in three languages (English, Hebrew and Arabic) was written by world-renowned Israeli author David Grossman. Grossman, a Man Booker Prize nominee, is mostly known for his adult literature, and has penned significant oeuvres that were translated into 30 languages such as "Some to Run With," "Be My Knife," and "To the End of the Land."
"Hug" tells the story of a mother and a son who go on a walk. The child, named Ben, expresses his concern that he is alone in the world because he is "special." His mother reassures him that despite his being one of a kind, he will never be truly alone. 
Nechama Rivlin appears to have picked the present carefully, as its plot seems to be a nod at the struggles Trump's only child may possibly be facing as his family is at the center of public attention, making the First Son a very special boy indeed. 
Neither woman sought the world stage on which they stand, but both rose to the occasion with grace, dignity, and humanity. One is that Jewish grandmother everyone needs, while the other is the daughter-in-law everyone wants.

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  1. Thank You Don.


  2. Well said Don

  3. Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. You done good, Don.

  4. It has to be tough being the wife of someone who is always in the public eye. Melania seems to be very classy yet comfortable in her role as First Lady. She sure is a big improvement over you-know-who. - Elric

  5. Classy.

    Fascinating how someone with little to recommend her is exalted by the media while they can't wait to go after a woman with real style (and I don't mean fashion).

  6. Mrs. Trump is a woman with a lot of love in her heart. No wonder the left hates her so.

  7. The Networks are also continuing their News Blackout on Obama's censure by the FISA Court.

    I guess the Court didn't like being tricked into helping Obama spy on Trump and being used as a Democrat campaign tool.

    They'll probably mention it when they get off the conference call with Valerie Jarrett.

  8. Thank you Don, for discussing this side of Melania. On the right it's easy to get caught up in her Sophia Loren type beauty and her sense of style, or the easy snark of the left where envy is a policy; it's wonderful to see the road less traveled by journalism these days: the essence of the matter.

    In the end of her days, will it be amazing good looks or envied beauty that will define her? No. I will be things like these, the tender mercies of daily kindness that is Melania's hallmark.

    This is journalism.
    ~Carolina Kat

    1. .... And the very noticeable rebuke to holding her husband's hand in public on multiple occasions ... and the $1 million per day she costs the taxpayers so she won't have to sleep her husband in D.C.

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    3. @Anon: Go ahead and choke on your spite.

  9. Melania is a natural at being first lady. And truly a lady. Nothing forced, unlike her predecessor.

    1. "Natural" as in hiding in New York with her son so she can avoid her husband. You're okay with taxpayers coughing up an additional $126 million to cover the cost of her not moving to D.C.?
      I agree with you about "nothing forced" ... she won't be forced to hold her husband's hand in public.

    2. As long as I don't have to suffer more #bringbackourgirls bullshit, I'm fine with $126 Billion. To the victor goes the spoils, Sparky. Moochelle taught us how to spend, what with her five hundred mill junkets. Oh, but that was just a reparations payment, wasn't it? My bad...

    3. zregime - just as blind and naïve as Surber. If a politico has an "R" next to his name, it's okay to steal and self serve. But if a "D" does the very same thing, it is the apocalypse. Sad.

    4. Anon, you are one angry, messed-up boy. Or girl.

    5. The Clinton Crime Family and the Obama Grifters have used the public treasury and elected office to make themselves rich and to live a luxurious lifestyle on the taxpayer dime. The Trump family, on the other hand, is giving up potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in earnings of their companies each year while serving in public office for a token salary of $1 a year. So who personally has or will sacrifice more? The Criminals and the Grifters? Or the Blonde Billionaire? On this issue, I'll give the Billionaire and his wife a brief pass for the few months their family lives apart.

    6. Sam I, Anon doesn't know either......