Last week, Melania Trump and Michelle Obama set their differences aside and bonded over what they had in common: their dedication to their children.
Last week, Michelle Obama and Melania Trump met for the first time, following White House tradition when the first lady would invite the US President-elect’s wife to tea, Today reports. As they enjoyed their tea, President Obama and President-elect Donald Trump met for the first time. These meetings, which followed a grueling and ugly campaign period, were pleasant, with Trump even tweeting:
A fantastic day in D.C. Met with President Obama for first time. Really good meeting, great chemistry. Melania liked Mrs. O a lot!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 11, 2016
Melania, a former model from Slovenia, will be the first foreign-born first lady since 1829 (the then-president John Quincy Adams’ wife, Louisa Adams, was British). After Melania was called out for lifting portions of her speech at July’s GOP convention from Michelle’s 2008 speech at the DNC convention, word got out that Melania had always admired Michelle. Melania’s speechwriter, who took the blame for the whole debacle, wrote in her statement:
"In working with Melania Trump on her recent first lady speech, we discussed many people who inspired her and messages she wanted to share with the American people. A person she has always liked is Michelle Obama. Over the phone, she read me some passages from Mrs. Obama's speech as examples."
Michelle and Melania, dedicated mothers
Melania only made a handful of appearances during her husband’s campaign, as she spent most of her time focusing on raising their son. This goes to show that even first ladies know their priorities: family always comes first. Melania once talked to Parenting magazine about her dedication to Barron, saying:
"I am a full-time mom; that is my first job. The most important job ever. I started my business when he started school. When he is in school I do my meetings, my sketches, and everything else. I cook him breakfast. Bring him to school. Pick him up. Prepare his lunch. I spend the afternoon with him. Sometimes I have obligations, but I also think children need to see a parent do what her passion is. It is a good example for a child. So the child can find passion as well and follow that passion in the future."
Michelle and Melania found common ground in their role as parents, and discussed the unique challenge of raising kids in the White House. Melania and Donald Trump’s son, Barron, will be the first boy to live at the White House since John F. Kennedy Jr. Barron is 10 years old—the same age Obamas’ eldest daughter Malia was when they moved into the White House. Their youngest daughter Sasha was 7.
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