Godspeed, Melania Trump
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After the decision by the state populations in general election, the “recount,” the Electoral College vote, and the inauguration, it is official: On Jan. 20, 2016, Melania Trump became the first lady of the United States.

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She started out in a humble apartment in Eastern Europe; quite a bit different from the grandeur of Trump Tower. She came to the United States with an interest in the style and grace of the fashion industry, which started her on quite another path that has brought her to the style and grace of the White House.

Now she is about to embark on an adventure that few have experienced. Ten years after becoming a U.S. Citizen she becomes the person closest to, arguably, the most powerful individual in the world.

The first lady is not mentioned in the Constitution. Are there are no laws delineating the official duties of a presidential spouse? Rather, an informal process of “adjustment as you go” has come to govern the role of each first lady.

Some have taken to exercise extensive power over the president and the government. Most have taken on a righteous cause, drug abuse, literacy, obesity, just to mention a few.

But most of these first ladies had grown up in the limelight of politics. Progressing from lower level political campaigns, through the mid-level politics and finally into the furor, intensity and at times viciousness of national level politics.

Melania Trump had been thrust into the fray over the tumultuous times of the last 18 months. She seemed to have weathered the storm of a campaign unscathed.

Now that Donald TrumpDonald John Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president MORE has caught the tiger by the tail, she is thrust into a position of much higher visibility, public scrutiny and public responsibility than she could have imagined when she took the citizenship oath.

Next to her husband on inauguration day, her first real test, she seemed to maintain her poise. She did not seem overly nervous; she also did not seem overly out of place. She seemed to just fit right in dealing with the social graces.

As our first lady, there will be times when she will be called upon to represent this country without the hand of the president next to her. I trust that she will rise to such occasions.

As evidenced by the president’s selections for government leadership positions, I also trust that he chose Melania Trump as his spouse because he saw in her the honesty, integrity and stamina that reflects a women of character.

As she grows into her role, I wish her all the best and have every confidence that she will bring honor, credit and dignity to the role of first lady.

Godspeed, Melania Trump.

John M. DeMaggio is a retired special agent in charge, and a retired captain in the U.S. Navy. The above is the opinion of the author and is not meant to reflect the opinion of the U.S. Navy or the U.S. government.


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