In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Melania Trump gave a seven-word promise to the people of Texas that she won’t just give them words, but action, in order to alleviate the suffering faced by those who are in the hurricane’s path.
Words, not action — that’s something we haven’t seen for a while out of a first lady.
In a Tuesday press release from the White House’s Office of the First Lady, Trump offered her sympathy and support to those affected by the tragedy.
“The effects of Hurricane Harvey will be felt in Texas, Louisiana, and other parts of the country for many months and years to come,” the statement read. “So far, 1.7 million people are under orders to evacuate their homes, and, as the floodwater in Houston rises, sadly, so will the number of evacuees.
“I want to be able to offer my help and support in the most productive way possible, not through just words, but also action,” she continued. “What I found to be the most profound during the visit was not only the strength and resilience of the people of Texas, but the compassion and sense of community that has taken over the State. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with the people of Texas and Louisiana.”
Now, of course, what did the media focus on when it came to Melania’s response to the hurricane? The fact that she wore heels: “When is a shoe not just a shoe?” wrote Vanessa Friedman in The New York Times. “When it is a pair of very high, needle-thin heels worn by the first lady of the United States on her way to the site of a natural disaster. Then it becomes a symbol for what many see as the disconnect between the Trump administration and reality; another example of the way in which this president and his family continue to define ‘appropriate’ their own way; and an excuse for partisan name-calling.”
If you cut out everything aside from “an excuse for partisan name-calling,” you’d have something accurate. However, since we’re going to be partisan, let’s look at the fact that Melania Trump is promising action to make this country better, as opposed to the words Michelle Obama gave us.
Michelle said she would fix our nation’s school lunches; she gave our children slop. She said she wanted to end division in America while talking about how, after her husband was nominated, “for the first time in my adult life I am proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback.” Words, undone by actions — and more words.
Melania’s promising action — and what a difference that is.