On opening night of the Republican National Convention, Melania Trump stole the show. On a night that featured Rudy Giuliani’s fist-pounding, heart-throbbing speech, the night belonged to Melania. Three days later, her speech is still the talk of the convention. But what did she actually say? What would she do as First Lady?
Let’s get the “controversy” out of the way first. The media was quick to pounce on the short part of her presentation that sounded a lot like Michelle Obama’s speech eight years ago. This will be like a kidney stone – it hurts for awhile, but it will pass. In 2008, two senators named Obama and Biden both used huge segments of old speeches on the campaign trail. And they were running for President. Nobody cared. The double standard has reared its ugly head – again. But it will pass. It always does.
Then we will be back to the substance of what Melania actually had to say. And she said two things of note.
Women and children.
Melania will focus on the needs of women and children in America. “If I’m honored to serve as First Lady, I will use that wonderful privilege to try to help people in our country who need it the most. One of the many causes dear to my heart is helping children and women. You judge society by how it treats its citizens. We must do our best to ensure that every child can live in comfort and security with the best possible education,” she said.
Mrs. Trump went on to praise veterans and the freedom of living in America. “I can tell you with certainty that my husband has been concerned about our country for as long as I have known him. With all of my heart, I know that he will make a great and lasting difference,” she said before also describing the real estate mogul as a fighter who is “intensely loyal to family, friends, employees and country.”
By all accounts, Melania stole the show on opening night of the convention. But it wasn’t just her words. It was her grace and poise. Mostly, she had the right temperament. Let’s hope her husband was taking notes.