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 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…
Michelle Obama graciously hosted Melania Trump at the White House immediately after 2016 election to ensure a smooth transition.
Melania Trump has done absolutely nothing for Dr. Jill Biden.
Some people are givers, others takers: pic.twitter.com/lBYWe32wkR
— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) January 18, 2021
Melania trump has broken tradition by NOT inviting the incoming First Lady to the White House.
That’s not very “Be Best,” is it?
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) January 18, 2021
First Lady Dr. Jill Biden already knows her way around the White House, her husband, who will be our President, was also VP for 8 years. She doesn’t need an invitation from racist birther trash Melania for a tour nor did she ever want one. Pack your shit.
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) January 18, 2021
NEW: Melania Trump, who abdicated almost all duties as First Lady and supported her husband’s racist politics, leaves the White House with a favorability rating **25-points below** both Michelle Obama and Laura Bush.
— Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) January 18, 2021