The pop media has feasted on the image of First Lady Melania Trump sharing a smile with former President Barack Obama. People Magazine reached out to Clinton aide Phillippe Reines for this gem of a quote:
“Obama is a funny guy, but that’s a woman craving distance from a monster being reminded what dignity looks like.”
Vanity Fair toned it down on the politics, sticking to facts and media tweets. The photo captured here was particularly well shared:
Melania is a beautiful woman. Donald Trump, the man, would never be seen accompanying a less perfect specimen of the female form. She has grace, wit, and intelligence. As for her husband, money apparently makes up for at least a few of these where he is in shorter supply.
What ties Melania to the president? Reportedly, she doesn't live with him. These days, she rarely accompanies him to events (other than required of her position). Other than her love for her young son, what reason does she have to stay with a man whose marital indiscretions are legendary?
Possibly it's a pre-nuptial agreement? Maybe she's just comfortable where she is, and wants the best life for her son.
But one thing is certain: were Melania to divorce Trump in office, it would likely prove ruinous for his 2020 chances. Whatever details would come out (it would be extraordinary in the history of the presidency) would damage him way more than her.
Were the president to lash out at his wife, it would certainly backfire.
So why hasn't the left tried harder to woo Melania? First, I don't think they can help themselves. She's tied to him and therefore low hanging fruit for attack. Second, I think they believe she's too heavily invested in his presidency.
But really, Melania has to be the most graceful and forgiving woman to live with a man like her husband since Jackie O, who put up with a philanderer for many years. No, I don't include Hillary Clinton, who used Bill and climbed on his political genius to further her own life, while letting him roam and spread his seed like a male lion on the savannah.
If Melania left Donald, that would be the end of his presidency. For all intents and purposes, he would become a lame duck.
As much as the left loves to point out Melania's cool behavior and distance from the president, she has so far stuck by him, and in many ways represented the best part of Trump's presidency. It says a lot when the First Lady is the shining feature of an administration.
Why does she stay with him? Melania has more grounds for divorce than it takes to end most celebrity and political marriages. How many wives have to endure their husbands being in the news for sleeping with a porn star while she was pregnant with their child? This happens every day to Melania.
I know cynical political types would never consider this reason why she stays, but here it is. Perhaps Melania loves him. With all his innumerable faults, maybe she stays because she sees something only a person who loves Trump can see.
We are left with two probable explanations. Either Melania is an angel, full of grace, forgiveness, and wisdom. Or she loves him. (She's not stupid, and she's not attention-seeking, so that rules out vanity.)
Either of these probabilities leads to the most improbable thought for a Sunday morning. Should Donald Trump remain viable for a 2020 second term run, it's because of grace and love. Nobody can ask for a better reason.
Then again, if it's not grace or love, what is she waiting for?