While things have not been looking rosy for Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, 2016 promises to be a year loaded with political firsts no matter who ends up occupying 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Of course, if Hillary Clinton wins in November, she would be the first female president. She would end a nearly 230-year streak of men as commander in chief and America would finally join a growing group of nations that have had a woman at the top.
Just as interesting, a Hillary win would give our nation its first male “First Lady.” No one really knows what Bill Clinton would want to be called if he makes his way back to the White House, but he has jokingly suggested, “First Lad” or “First Mate.” Or he just might take a page from the Sarah Palin playbook when, as Governor of Alaska, she often referred to her husband as Alaska’s “First Dude.”
If Trump can parlay his incredible run in the Republican primary to the Oval Office, he would become the first billionaire president. Of course, without Trump revealing his tax returns, we have no way of knowing if the billions Trump talks about are assets or liabilities.
But the most interesting political firsts would come if Melania Trump becomes our nation’s next First Lady.
Melania Trump would be the first First Lady born and raised in a former communist country, Yugoslavia. She would also be only the second First Lady born outside the United States, the first being Louisa Adams, wife of John Quincy Adams, who was born in England.
Melania would also be the first First Lady who is the third wife of a President.
But strangely enough, she would not be the first First Lady to have worked as a model. Pat Nixon did so, on and off, in New York and Los Angeles before her marriage to Tricky Dick. Betty Ford, before marrying our 38th president, Gerald Ford, was contracted as a professional runway and print ad model in New York.
Though Melania would become the country’s third First Lady model, she would be the first to have posed in the nude.
And just now, to the shock of some, it is being reported that Melania worked as a high priced “escort” for the few years she lived in the U.S. before she met Trump … not that there’s anything wrong with that! How a woman chooses to support herself is nobody’s business but hers.
Our founding fathers were wise men. There is nothing in the Constitution that prevents a “sex worker” from assuming the title of First Lady.
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