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#BeBest? Melania Trump Breaks Tradition, Snubs Jill Biden

First Lady Melania Trump

Melania Trump (image via Flickr/White House – public domain)

Melania #BeBest Trump will be the first modern First Lady to not invite her successor to walk through the White House residence.

Show of hands – anyone surprised? Anyone? No? Me neither…

From CNN:

From Bess Truman and Mamie Eisenhower’s meeting, to the visit Laura Bush hosted where Jenna and Barbara Bush showed Sasha and Malia Obama how to slide down the banister in the Residence, to the visit where Michelle Obama invited Melania Trump even after Donald Trump had questioned her husband’s citizenship, this tradition has long been one of the first lady’s many unwritten obligations. And Melania Trump has discarded it.

It’s perhaps unsurprising that Melania Trump has flouted a social norm of her position. Every one-term president — and his wife — have felt the sting of defeat, but unlike her husband, none of them have refused to accept the election results.

In related news, a new CNN/ORC poll shows Melania departs the White House with a much lower approval rating than other recent First Ladies.

Melania’s tenure garners a thumbs-up from only 47% of those polled. Compare that with the 69% approval of Michelle Obama upon her departure and 67% by Laura Bush. Hillary Clinton had a 56% approval rating after her 8 years in the White House.

Of course, Melania was only there for 4 years. Perhaps she just needed time to improve…