Sigh. Just when forgot about Melania Trump's plagarized speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention, the First Lady (unknowingly?) copied the Obamas again. Melania unveiled her "Be Best" campaign, which is focused on social media use and well-being, but the accompanying pamphlet produced by her team caught some eagle-eyed political commentators' attention for the wrong reason.
"Fun fact: The White House trumpets “Talking with Kids about Being Online" as "a booklet by First Lady Melania Trump and the Federal Trade Commission." Except for an intro, it's exactly the same thing Obama's FTC put out," The Rude Pundit tweeted along with a side-by-side split of the two identical documents. So, yes, the pamphlet published by the Federal Trade Commission is basically the same one put out during the Obama Administration. Except this time, it was not longer called "Net Cetera — Chatting With Kids About Being Online."
Fun fact: The White House trumpets “Talking with Kids about Being Online" as "a booklet by First Lady Melania Trump and the Federal Trade Commission." Except for an intro, it's exactly the same thing Obama's FTC put out. pic.twitter.com/AEf6F0gBbt— The Rude Pundit (@rudepundit) May 7, 2018
After the oversight was made public, Melania's team quickly went into crisis mode, and made it clear on the website that the pamphlet was not by the First Lady but rather just promoted by her. In her defense, we doubt Melania had anything to do with the copy-cat pamphlet, seeing as she has much bigger issues to deal with, such as the Stormy Daniels scandal.
"Melania has always had one cardinal rule: Don't embarrass me. Even before he became president it's been one humiliating story after another," a source told Life & Style exclusively. "Melania doesn't want her family, especially Barron, to have to deal with these vulgar reports. She's at the end of her rope."
Two years ago, when Melania was caught plagarizing one full paragraph from a speech given by Former First Lady Michelle Obama, her team took the blame. "In writing her beautiful speech, Melania's team of writers took notes on her life's inspirations, and in some instances, included fragments reflected her own thinking," the statement began. "Melania's immigrant experience and love for America shone through her speech, which made it such a success." Right...
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Staffer Meredith McIver also submitted a resignation letter for the slip-up, but remained on the campaign team. "Over the phone, she read me some passages from Mrs. Obama’s speech as examples. I wrote them down and later included some of the phrasing in the draft that ultimately became the final speech,” she explained at the time. "This was my mistake, and I feel terrible for the chaos I have caused Melania and the Trumps, as well as Mrs. Obama. No harm was meant."
Maybe it would "Be Best" if Melania did her own work from now on.