by Daveda Gruber:
Our beautiful and gracious First Lady Melania Trump had a message for the press as she wrapped up her “Be Best” tour. Her message was short and sweet.
FLOTUS in her closing remarks told the media to just be better.
During a town hall style discussion in Las Vegas, Melania talked about the opioid epidemic, which has claimed nearly 48,000 American lives in 2017.
Melania was quite clear as she said she wished the media would spend as much time highlighting the heartbreaking crisis as it does “idle gossip or trivial stories.”
When news media asked the first lady what else the media could do, she had the answer. She stated that the epidemic should be leading the news.
She said, “I think it should be on every media and the front pages of the newspaper, and I’m sure a lot of people would follow and go home and talk with the children and educate them, so they are responsible adults and they show them how drugs can be dangerous.”
Melania also challenged the media to “devote as much time to the lives lost, and the potential lives that could be saved, by dedicating the same amount of coverage that you do to idle gossip or trivial stories.
She stated, “When we see breaking news on TV, or the front pages of newspapers — it is my hope that it can be about how many lives we were able to save through education and honest dialogue.”
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Melania even delved into her own personal life as she then explained how she teaches her own 12-year-old son, Barron, “how drugs are dangerous. It will mess up your head. It will mess up your body and nothing comes positive out of it.”
The Las Vegas crowd was composed of an audience of several hundred people. It included Vegas entertainer Wayne Newton, who was seated in the theater where Elvis Presley once performed at the Westgate hotel and casino.
Melania’s “Be Best” tour also included a focus on babies born dependent on opioids.
The back and forth in the discussion brought a lighter touch when Melania answered a question about what her family’s choice for a group meal might be and she answered “spaghetti.”
The personal questions did not stop there. She was asked how much cooking she does. She answered that she leaves that to the “professionals” at the White House. She added that there’s “really no time” for her to cook.
The First Lady tweeted about her tour:
Thank you to the teachers, leadership & students of DOVE School of Discovery in Tulsa for welcoming me today. There is great work being done! It is so important that education includes not only academics, but the importance of a strong sense of character & values. #BeBest pic.twitter.com/sRRMMASrlx
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) March 4, 2019
Thank you #Microsoft @MSFTIssues for showing us your innovative tools & platforms to help children. What an informative visit! #BeBest @Microsoft pic.twitter.com/Lo0QCHgGzd
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) March 5, 2019
Proud of the work that is being done all across our nation to fight the opioid crisis. Thank you to @EricBolling for inviting me to talk about this important issue. #BeBest will continue to promote programs that help address this crisis. pic.twitter.com/e7oKBqBj3m
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) March 6, 2019
God bless our First Lady, Melania Trump.