First lady Melania Trump on Thursday read to a group of kids at a Manhattan hospital ward.
So, “first lady visits sick children” wouldn’t have been big news under past administrations. But in the Trump White House, it’s a dog-bites-man moment — it’s one of Melania Trump’s first outings in a hyper-traditional first lady role.
According to the pool report, Trump (dressed in a sweater and stilettos) read to kids at the pediatrics ward of the New York Presbyterian Hospital from the Dr. Seuss favorite, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” One line she read seemed particularly Trumpian: “You’ll be as famous as famous can be; With the whole wide world watching you win on TV.”
Such sessions were routine with previous first ladies, particularly Laura Bush, a former librarian, and Michelle Obama, who often talked to kids about her “Let’s Move!” wellness campaign. And Trump might do many more of them, or forge ahead with her own agenda in her new unpaid, undefined — but high-profile — job.
Melania Trump has chosen to live in Manhattan while her son finishes school and has seemed hesitant to fully embrace her role. But this week, it seemed she was at least warming to it: On Saturday, she hosted the nation’s governors and their spouses at the first black-tie event of the Trump administration, and on Tuesday she attended her husband’s address to a joint session of Congress.