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Michelle Obama Shows Melania Trump How It’s Done — Releases Incredible Message to Americans Who Are Worried About Coronavirus

One thing we keep hearing over and over again is how much people miss former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama right now. We are facing a pandemic. People are scared. Donald Trump is just spewing lies and misinformation, and Melania Trump is…who the hell knows. Let’s just say Melania has been in the background during this international crisis.

Melania has sent a few tweets. And she has retweeted the CDC a few times. So I guess, that is doing something?

On Thursday, she released a PSA that set to reassure Americans that the disruptions to their daily lives will not last.

“While changes need to be made now, this is not how we will live forever,” she said in the minute-long video. “Our children will return to school, people will return to work, we will gather at the places of worship, concerts and sporting events again.”

I mean, whatever. A minute-long video of her puckering her lips and acting glamourous and telling people the basics…it’s fine.

This parody of Melania is spot-on:

But what people need right now is to feel SAFE. They need to know they are not alone. They also need to see their leaders as human. We want to see our leaders relate to us as we struggle. As we struggle to stay inside, struggle with finances, struggle with keeping children at home and homeschooling them. This is HARD.

Enter Michelle Obama.

See, this isn’t hard. Michelle Obama sent an Instagram post that did everything Melania didn’t. It assured people we would be ok. That we would be stronger after this is over. It also gave some real-life suggestions to get through this.

Obama wrote, “These past few weeks have been scary and difficult for many of us. We just don’t have a roadmap for what we’re currently experiencing—that in and of itself can bring up feelings of anxiety, loneliness, and fear. Not to mention the worry we feel about the health and safety of our parents, children, and loved ones and the financial security of so many families.

Whatever you’re going through right now, I want you to know you aren’t alone. Even as we practice social distancing, this new normal is something we are figuring out together.”

As for me, I know when I’m feeling overwhelmed that picking up the phone and calling one of my girlfriends can work wonders. I also know staying close to my community helps me to feel connected and strong. If you’re not sure what that looks like these days, I’ve offered a few suggestions to get you started. But this is by no means an exhaustive list!”

Add your comment below with the ways you’re showing up for your community during these tough times.”

And don’t forget: It’s okay to take a breath, too. Be gentle with yourself. Log off when you need to, take a break if you can, and let others know when you’d like a little help.”

See how easy that was? And how natural it was? That is all Americans want. Melania could learn a lesson from Michelle. It’s clear Melania has no issue stealing from Michelle Obama, she has done it in the past. Maybe it’s time for Melania to take a lesson from her predecessor.

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These past few weeks have been scary and difficult for many of us. We just don’t have a roadmap for what we’re currently experiencing—that in and of itself can bring up feelings of anxiety, loneliness, and fear. Not to mention the worry we feel about the health and safety of our parents, children, and loved ones and the financial security of so many families. Whatever you’re going through right now, I want you to know you aren’t alone. Even as we practice social distancing, this new normal is something we are figuring out together. As for me, I know when I’m feeling overwhelmed that picking up the phone and calling one of my girlfriends can work wonders. I also know staying close to my community helps me to feel connected and strong. If you’re not sure what that looks like these days, I’ve offered a few suggestions to get you started. But this is by no means an exhaustive list! Add your comment below with the ways you’re showing up for your community during these tough times. And don’t forget: It’s okay to take a breath, too. Be gentle with yourself. Log off when you need to, take a break if you can, and let others know when you’d like a little help. Illustrations: @grantagold Graphics: @linseyfields

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Nicole James is a lifelong Democrat and political activist who first cut her teeth as a teenager volunteering for Mike Dukakis’ presidential campaign. She has worked and volunteered for John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, HFA (Hillary For America) and Organizing For Action. She’s passionate about liberal and progressive causes, and considers President Obama her most favorite president ever. She holds her Bachelor’s from Boston College and her Master’s from Columbia University, both in Economics. When not working as a writer, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her three college-aged children.

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