Melania Trump has Michelle Obama in her corner when it comes to adjusting to life as the new first lady. It’s something very few in the political world know anything about, and only those who’ve held the position understand what an incoming first lady experiences after her husband is inaugurated as the President of the United States. The job is overwhelming and comes with its own set of challenges.
On November 10, Michelle Obama and Melania Trump met at the White House while President Obama and President-Elect Donald Trump had their first face-to-face meeting. The incoming and outgoing first lady weren’t on camera, but it was revealed that the two talked a lot about what it’s like raising children in the White House.
Michelle Obama tells Oprah Winfrey in her OWN special that she also told Melania Trump whatever she needs when she becomes the first lady, she and her team will be there to help.
Politico highlighted a few scenes from Mrs. Obama’s interview with Oprah Winfrey that’s set to air Monday night.
“My offer to Melania was, ‘You really don’t know what you don’t know until you’re here, so the door’s open,’ as I’ve told her and as Laura Bush told me,” Michelle Obama said. “My door is open. That was really the nature of the meeting.”
Mrs. Obama wants to be as much of a help to Melania Trump as Laura Bush was to her when she became first lady in 2008. Like her husband, Michelle Obama wants to model what the Bushes did for them when they transitioned into the White House. President George W. Bush and his wife did everything possible to ensure a smooth transition for the Obamas.
Michelle Obama says her door is open to incoming first lady Melania Trump: https://t.co/dsQhMvmR6s
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) December 19, 2016
“I’m not new in this ‘going high’ thing,” Michelle Obama added, pointing to the slogan, “When they go low, we go high.” It grew in popularity throughout the presidential race when she criticized Donald Trump at rallies supporting Hillary Clinton.
“I’m modeling what was done for me by the Bushes,” Michelle continued. “And Laura Bush was nothing but gracious and helpful, and her team was right there for my team all throughout this entire eight-year process.”
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) December 19, 2016
Melania Trump has maintained a low profile after she plagiarized portion of her speech given at the Republican National Convention. Several excerpts from it were taken from Michelle Obama’s speech given at the Democratic National Convention when her husband was running for president. Melania’s main focus is on raising 10-year-old son, Barron. She and Barron won’t move into the White House until after Barron completes his year at school in June 2017. In the meantime, she and Barron will stay in New York City at Trump Tower.
Several news outlets report that Donald Trump frequently relies on President Obama to help him navigate all the protocol and duties he’s about to inherit on January 20. Their first meeting lasted 90 minutes and Trump said it could have gone on a lot longer as far as he was concerned. The president is committed to seeing through a successful transition for his successor. Likewise, Michelle Obama is ready to help Melania Trump for whatever she needs when she officially becomes the nation’s new first lady. In this way, the Obamas and Trumps are showing a united front and putting the interest of the country first.
First Lady Michelle Obama Says Farewell to the White House — An Oprah Winfrey Special, airs Monday on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.
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