First Lady Melania Trump released her official White House platform on Monday, sixteen months after assuming her role. The initiative is called “Be Best,” and its focus is on wellbeing, fighting opioid abuse, and promoting positivity on social media to combat cyberbullying.
WATCH: First Lady Melania Trump unveils "Be Best" campaign for children, says it will focus on addressing well-being, social media use and opioid abuse pic.twitter.com/GYEMWlbcss
— NBC News (@NBCNews) May 7, 2018
The program is primarily targeted at children. In a Rose Garden ceremony earlier today, the First Lady expressed her concerns over the impact our competitive, fast-paced culture and social media are having on children’s preparedness for the future.
As a mother and as First Lady, it concerns me that in today’s fast-paced and ever-connected world, children can be less prepared to express or manage their emotions and oftentimes turn to forms of destructive or addictive behavior such as bullying, drug addiction or even suicide.
I feel strongly that as adults we can and should be best at educating our children about the importance of a healthy and balanced life.
And while few would question the good intentions of the initiative, many have noticed that the name bears a striking resemblance to former First Lady Michelle Obama’s own exhortation for men to “Be Better.”
Melania Trump just launched "Be Best".
In 2016, Michelle Obama encouraged men to "Be Better" pic.twitter.com/RtSz1tmETO
— Michael Cappetta (@MCappetta) May 7, 2018
You can watch the video below:
You’ll recall that Melania Trump faced blowback after a speech at the Republican National Convention, which had identical lines to a speech Obama had previously given.
So Twitter was quick to jump on Melania’s latest…homage to the former First Lady.
So Melania plagiarized from Michelle Obama. Again. https://t.co/lFs17UkMJG
— John Aravosis (@aravosis) May 7, 2018
Sincerest form of flattery.. umm what’s the word 🤔.. (imitation )
— Grace Matafuta (@musogirl) May 7, 2018
I guess BE BEST is better than BE BETTER?
— Laffmotron (@laffmotron) May 7, 2018
— #I'mWithNancy (@Plantflowes) May 7, 2018
When I learned Melania was calling her campaign, "Be Best," I thought "that's a very Trumpian thing to do."
When I remembered Melania repurposed a phrase Michelle Obama used, I thought "that's a very Melania-ish thing to do." https://t.co/lOaqwJpwjl
— poop_weasel (@poop_weasel) May 7, 2018
Michelle Obama: “Be Better”
Melania Trump: “Be Best”
— Erin O (@ekobrien) May 7, 2018