First Lady Melania Trump got some advice from several former first ladies in a “Saturday Night Live” skit that featured guest host Natalie Portman.
“Come on, Melania, practice your happy face,” Melania (played by SNL star Cecily Strong) tells herself while peering into a mirror before the State of the Union address. “Oh, I don’t belong as first lady. I wish I could talk to someone who’s been through this whole mess before.”
As soon as Mrs. Trump says that, Natalie Portman magically appears as Jacqueline Kennedy, wearing her signature pink pillbox hat.
“Hello Melania, it is me, Jackie Kennedy,” Portman coos. “I have come to you in your hour of need, because I know how trying being first lady can be. All first ladies have a platform. Yours is bullying, mine was little hats.”
Mrs. Trump laments that “No first lady has ever been more humiliated than me.” And that’s when Hillary Clinton (played by Kate McKinnon) interjects by revealing how she coped as Bill Clinton’s long-suffering wife. “You just tell yourself it’ll all be worth it when you’re president.”
That’s when Melania reminds Hillary (once again) that she lost.
Meanwhile, Michelle Obama (played by Leslie Jones) drops in to remind all the other first ladies (including Martha Washington, played by Aidy Bryant) that she and Barack Obama are happily married.
“Look, Barack and I have a perfect relationship,” Michelle boasted. “It’s like ‘The Notebook,’ but black and rich … My arms rule! I love vegetables and I can be president whenever I want.”
Portman’s Jackie Kennedy finishes with a breathless pep talk: “Now get out there and do what first ladies have always done: Stand there and clap.”
Cecily Strong, who has been impersonated Mrs. Trump on “SNL” numerous times, recently claimed that Melania likes her impression. Strong told the “The Tonight Show” that when Donald Trump hosted in 2015, he allegedly told her Mrs. Trump enjoys her portrayal.
“I think [Donald Trump] said, ‘She likes your impression,'” Strong recounted. “I heard through the grapevine that she watches the show and likes it.”
Melania is enjoying some strong approval numbers despite the constant stream of negative press reports trashing her, her husband, and anyone associated with President Trump.
Melania Trump’s approval rating has spiked 17 percentage points since January 2017. The latest Gallup poll shows that 54% of Americans have a favorable view of the brunette beauty. That’s a two-point increase since March 2017, when she scored a 52% approval rating. So whatever you’re doing, FLOTUS, keep it up.
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