Melania Trump Gets to Work in a Hard Hat
Did you know that the first lady, Melania Trump, has been quite busy? You didn’t? Oh, well, perhaps you didn’t see her giving awards to women. Perhaps you didn’t see her receiving an award for women at a luncheon. The media doesn’t talk about all that. All the media talks about is yadda yadda coronavirus this and yadda yadda election that and yadda yadda did you hear that Love Is Blind? Taking a page from her husband’s playbook, she took a new approach to making a photo op work. She wore a hard hat.
A hard hat is an accessory that says, “Can’t you see that I’m working here?” and also, “Look out, I’m in the danger zone!” It’s a very active accessory. She wore it, alongside approximately six other men and women in businesswear also wearing hard hats, because she’s building a new tennis pavilion on the White House grounds, a project that’s been in the works since at least October. The proposed structure will be “clad in limestone” and “approximately 1,200 square feet in area and approximately 18 feet in height.” It’ll have a “copper roof.” That dream has not yet been realized, as you’ll notice from the photos. Right now the construction site appears to be a dirt mound and a couple of cinderblock walls, but that’s nothing wearing a hard hat and pointing purposefully at a model can’t fix.
There’s a long tradition of first ladies adding capital improvements to the 18 acres of White House grounds, as well as updating interiors. Jackie Kennedy began a restoration project and made the formerly nonsmoking State Rooms smoking-friendly. Laura Bush gave many of the rooms a fresh coat of paint. Michelle Obama planted a vegetable garden. Presidents installed updates too. Barack Obama transformed the tennis courts into a basketball court. Bill “Mr. Self-Care” Clinton put in a hot tub. And a tennis pavilion isn’t even Trump’s first project. Her first order of business was to update the bowling alley.
Anyway, this tennis pavilion is a huge vote of confidence from our first lady that we’ll all survive her husband’s presidency and that future first families will be around to enjoy the sport of kings for awhile to come.
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