I wasn’t sure how to take Melania Trump, who seemed to be a bit like Evita Peron: a women who rode her beauty to the highest office in the land. But no — Evita cared about political power. If she’d not been struck down by ovarian cancer at the relatively young age of 33, she’d have run to succeed the strongman Juan Peron as President of Argentina — and won, in that democracy in name only. And Evita cared about the poor, sort of. Or at least she convinced the poor that she did, and they loved her for it. The poor of Argentina still regard her as a saint — their saint.
As we read the claims of Melania’s lawsuit against the Daily Mail, all becomes clear. Being our First Lady is, for her, all about money and the millions that could come her way as a result of her role as FLOTUS.
Laura Bush, a librarian, took on promoting children’s reading as her First Lady project. Michelle Obama went to Africa and talked to girls about getting an education. Melania is looking to protect the monetary value of her public image.
This is our First Family? After the exemplary Obamas, I hardly know what to say.