The Mysterious Disappearance of Melania

By Al Perrotta Published on June 7, 2018

First lady Melania Trump made her first public appearance outside the White House in weeks Wednesday. Assuming that was really her at that FEMA meeting. I mean, between body doubles and holographic technology, who really knows, right?

I mean, holograms of Abba are going out on tour next year and they’ll be singing and swaying and transporting us back to the ’70s. How hard is it to come up with one phantom Melania that just sits there and listens to reports on hurricane preparations? 

There is Something in the Air, Fernando

If you haven’t been paying attention, Melania had the nerve to go a few weeks without being seen in public. She had kidney surgery, was hospitalized and then laid low. The media was apoplectic. Where was she?! What happened to Melania? What fate has befallen her?

All sorts of conspiracy theories sprouted. They ranged from the commonplace — she’s off helping look after her ailing mother — to the cruel — President Trump had physically abused her and she was recovering from her wounds.

Let’s see, according to Marie Claire:

  • She Bailed
  • She Got Plastic Surgery
  • She Has a Body Double
  • Her Disappearance is an Elaborate Ruse to Make the Media Look Bad

According to TV writer Nell Scovell

  • She’s Taking Care of Barron
  • She is Negotiating a New Better Marriage Contract
  • She’d Had it with the Stormy Stuff
  • She Threatened to Go to Mueller and is Now Imprisoned

The Federalist published a list of 8 times members of the media peddled a conspiracy theory about Melania.

(And yeah, maybe she has been responsible for the Washington Capitals’ Stanley Cup surge.)

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CNN’s whiny Brian Stelter defended all the speculation.

Disappeared? You’ve got Amelia Earhart, D.B. Cooper and now Melania Trump. Or maybe a better analogy is the Lindbergh Baby. If you believe certain media, her disappearance certainly involved foul play.

Jamil Smith writes for Rolling Stone, which for you younger folks, was once a respectable magazine. 

Melania Under the Knife, Under No Obligation

Melania Trump just had someone carve into her kidney. Perhaps she wasn’t in the mood to deal with media nonsense. “Sources say you were mean to the nurses.” “Is it true your hospital gown was designed by Stella McCarthy?” “Is it true your scar is shaped like a Pentagram?” “How responsible is your husband for the suicide of Kate Spade?”  Perhaps she was worried her medication might make her mouth off. 

Then again, she was a supermodel. When you’ve been paid thousands of bucks an hour to stand in front of cameras, perhaps you have no interest in doing it for free, particularly for a crowd as hostile as the White House press corps.

FLOTUS tweeted this on May 30.

Translation: “Dear Media, my life doesn’t revolve around you.”

Speaking of translations, the woman speaks five languages. Perhaps she’s been on a secret overseas mission. She certainly looks like she could be cast in the next Bond movie. (No, it won’t be called The Man With the Golden Hair or The Confidential Human Source Who Loved Me. Perhaps From Slovenia With Love.)

First Ladies Out of the Public Eye

The funny thing is, first ladies have often been out of the public eye. 

The wife of Andrew Johnson made exactly two public appearances after he became President in 1865. John Quincy Adams wife Louisa reportedly spent her days in the White House “binge-eating chocolates, writing poetry and plays about a ‘repressed’ female character who supposedly represented herself.” It didn’t help matters that Louisa’s mother-in-law was the quintessential first lady Abigail Adams.

More recently, Bess Truman hated Washington so much she spent much of the Truman Presidency back home in Independence, Missouri. Jackie Kennedy would slip away into the Virginia countryside and even off to Europe. Pat Nixon could have hitched a ride on one of the Apollo rockets and the media wouldn’t have noticed.

“Even people who can recall the Nixon presidency probably can’t remember the sound of her voice,” first lady scholar Katherine Jellison told The New York Times

Hillary, Barbara, Laura and Michelle

Now, Hillary Clinton was deliberately  high-profile. We got a “two-for-one” deal, remember? (Though she secretly slipped off to Colorado after Bill confessed his Lewinsky affair.) Barbara Bush, the media was glad to give her elbow room out of fear of that sharp-tongue. Laura Bush? How often can you talk about books?

Then, of course, there’s Michelle Obama. She rarely seemed happy in the fishbowl. (See any recent pictures? She looks as relieved and relaxed as a new college grad.) Michelle would disappear on foreign trips on the taxpayer’s dime with little fanfare.

But generally, she was so fawned over by the media she had little reason to avoid public appearances. Michelle was on more magazine covers than Kim Kardashian. Appeared on as many TV shows as Ryan Seacrest. Her initiatives, like the school lunch program, were treated like the greatest works of public policy since the Magna Carta.

Melania Trump could rescue a shipload of baby kittens and would be accused of interfering with maritime shipping.

The Melania Truth

During yesterday’s meeting with FEMA, President Trump said his wife had gone through a “little rough patch, but she’s doing great.” Earlier, he tweeted four reporters had spotted her when she was supposedly missing, claiming they kept quiet because it would ruin the media’s “sick narrative.”

 CNBC’s Eamon Javers had spotted Melania during her “missing” time.

Javers was right. It did not deter the conspiracy theorists.

Not that Melania cares, according to POLITICO.

Melania Trump is nonplused by any attention, people close to her said. And she views most of the questions about her health not as driven by real concern, but by nosiness. And she doesn’t care to play the game — even at the price of feeding the rumor mill.

So welcome back, Melania. The media has had it’s fun, and you look fit as a fiddle.

Just in time to win that Stanley Cup tonight for the Capitals.

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  • Ken Abbott

    Idiots. Gibbering, irresponsible, self-righteous idiots.

  • Howard Rosenbaum

    Perhaps all this chatter about the whereabouts of the First Lady was in actuality not as exaggerated as it could have been ..? After all were the FLOTUS to have been televised waving & greeting well wishers from her private room at Walter Reed Hospital, the MSM would have concocted some drivel about std’s or in their minds even better , an abortion procedure.
    History will record that Trump was hated by these guys for everything & anything real or imagined. There will also be a footnote in the annals of first lady historians that his wife though treated as ” guilty by association” , disassociated from the dubious tabloid type trifling of the MSM – & she only needed ONE tweet to accomplish that ….

    • Jacob Miller

      >> all this chatter about the whereabouts of the First Lady was in actuality not as exaggerated as it could have been

      It’s part of a larger pattern with the Trumps. Her staying in New York is just not something we’ve seen before. And, of course, Donald’s history of sleeping around and failed marriages.

      I assume the official explanation of their separation is legit — but it’s reasonable to wonder about their marriage.

  • Charles Burge

    What’s boggling to me is that, surely these people know we’re laughing at their Trump Derangement Syndrome, and yet they persist in it, as if though they were the real adults in the room.

  • Chip Crawford

    “Nattering Nabobs of Negativism” applies more today than ever.

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