Sean Davis

Be Best?

In an alliterative battle of phrasing, First Lady Melania Trump is inspired by Michelle Obama (again) and rolls out her “Be Best” campaign. Sean Davis tries to decipher what it all means. 

 

Melania Trump’s husband has [allegedly] cheated on her with porn stars and nude models without wearing condoms, her Christmas decorations bombed, and she’s inspired trending hashtags: #SadMelania and #SaveMelania. Every time we turn on the news we can find another reason to feel bad for the First Lady, but just when we all believed we couldn’t feel worse for Melania, she walks into the White House Rose Garden and announces her “Be Best” campaign.

It is as if someone told her that, as First Lady, she must have a signature issue, so she searched for some injustice she’s seen firsthand in her life and landed on something her husband does on a daily basis: cyberbullying. During her unveiling speech she said, “As we all know, social media can be both positively and negatively affect on our children [sic] … and it is our responsibility as adults to educate and remind them that when they are using their voices, whether verbally or online, they must choose their words wisely and speak with respect and compassion.”

This reminds me of the time where Trump physically and verbally made fun of The Washington Post reporter Serge Kovaleski, who has arthrogryposis, a congenital condition affecting the joints. I’m sorry, that’s just bullying, not cyberbullying. I’d give an example of that in one of Trump’s tweets, but there are way too many to pick from. Here’s a list from Rolling Stone magazine. Here’s a list from Forbes. Here’s a list from CNN.

 

Every time we turn on the news we can find another reason to feel bad for the First Lady, but just when we all believed we couldn’t feel worse for Melania, she walks into the White House Rose Garden and announces her “Be Best” campaign.

 

I may be wrong, but I imagine her therapist telling her to start a hobby. This is a distraction for her. Melania desperately needs something to bury herself in, so she doesn’t have to focus on horrible things her husband is doing as President on a daily basis.

I’m not sure how she expects to be taken seriously. Her campaign has three completely unrelated pillars: child wellness (as vague as that is), cyberbullying, and opioid addiction (in kids?). The timing is ridiculous as well. She’s been the First Lady for 16 months and she waits until her husband’s multiple cheating scandals are on the news every night to unveil her program. And let’s talk about the program. I know the goal isn’t to fight illiteracy, but “Be Best”? I’m into alliteration as much as the next guy, but seriously, you need a direct object in there even if you don’t use them in your native language, even if you are trying to one-up Michelle Obama’s “Be Better”.

All joking aside, what good is a program on children wellness if we aren’t leaving a world for the children to live in? Trump’s amazingly horrible pick for EPA Secretary has rolled back air and water quality regulations, recommended a total repeal of the Clean Power Plan, and removed scientists from all advisory committees. Our new Secretary of State, whose entire job is diplomacy, strengthening our relationships with allies, and keeping peace with our enemies has stated at multiple Christian conferences that Muslims hate Jesus and because of that we’re at war and “we will continue to fight these battles, it is a never-ending struggle until the Rapture.” Trump has just withdrawn from the Iran nuclear deal that kept them from building nuclear weapons.

I’m not telling Melania that she shouldn’t do anything. Maybe all Presidential spouses should have a signature issue. After all, they are in a position where you may be able to create positive change. I’m just saying that maybe Melania should use this position to talk some sense into her husband instead of plagiarizing Michelle Obama over and over again.

 

Sean Davis

Sean Davis is the author of The Wax Bullet War, a Purple Heart Iraq War veteran, and a community leader in Northeast Portland, Oregon. His latest stories, essays, and articles have appeared in various magazines and media sources such as HUMAN the Movie, the international fashion magazine Flaunt, Forest Avenue's forthcoming anthology City of Weird, and much more.

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