Melania Trump made one of her first appearances since the Republican National Convention at Wednesday night’s Commander-In-Chief Forum, the Washington Post noted. While daughter Ivanka has been seen frequently on the campaign trail, Melania has been mostly mum since July.
The woman who may become First Lady is extremely private, as The Palm Beach Post’s Barbara Marshall reported. “It’s hard not to feel sorry for Melania Trump,” she wrote.
Donald Trump rallied the faithful with a rousing acceptance speech at Thursday night’s Republican National Convention. But we could have watched the speech with the sound off and been mesmerized by Mr. Mar-A-Lago‘s endless collection of facial expressions, tics and body language.
Our favorites (all photos from the Associated Press and Getty Images):
THE FRENCH KISS (a k a The Air Kiss): No Al and Tipper Gore liplock plagiarism between The Donald and Melania after the speech last night. Campaign Rule No. 1: Don’t muss the makeup.
THE PULL-DOWN: Throughout the speech, Trump would give his suit a quick downward adjustment and stand in a pre-emptive “Hail to The Chief” posture.
THE POINTER: Trump’s fascination with his fingers has been well-documented. Need we say more?
THE THUMBS-UP: See The Pointer above.
THE GREAT PROFILE (with The Thumbs Up): A two-fer. Throughout the speech he would turn in profile and admire the crowd as it admired him.
THE THIS-IS-YUGE!: Or the “Can You Believe It? I’m Gonna Be The President!”
Speaking to NBC’s Savannah Guthrie this morning, Trump’s oldest daughter said, “I’ve never spoken in a stadium like this, but really I just want to make sure I do a great job for him. So it’s a real honor and a privilege that he asked me to do this, and I think it’s a testament to him as a parent.”
Ivanka, 34, daughter of Trump’s first wife, Ivana, also said, “I’m really comfortable with my speech because it comes from my heart.”
“I love Melania so much and I am so proud of the job that she did,” Ivanka said. “She’s a very private person and for her to come out on that stage and speak from the heart and share her story about coming to this country.
“This is such a personal experience for her and she shared it in such a graceful and articulate way, so I am enormously impressed with her ability to do that and have great respect for it.”
During the campaign, Ivanka has often been the Trump family spokesperson since Melania prefers to remain in the background with her son, Baron.
Donald Trump Jr. is scheduled to speak tonight at the Republican National Convention.
Here is what reporter Barbara Marshall wrote about Donald Jr. and his brother Eric:
Donald Trump Jr. and his brother, Eric, could have been a pair of Poor Little Richie Riches, sledding through the high life on their last name, trailing bad behavior like spilled Cristal.
That the two eldest Trump sons, Don Jr., 38, and Eric, 32, appear to be hard-working executive vice presidents in their father’s companies instead of louche trust fund babies may have more to do with the influence of their mother,Ivana, and her Czechoslovakian parents than their father, according to a recent story in The Washington Post.
Melania Trump will try to repair her husband’s basement-dwelling ratings with women tonight while also talking about her own immigrant experience, say RNC organizers.
As tonight’s convention headliner, Melania will likely try to bolster her husband’s claims that women love him despite polls that show Hillary Clinton has the lead among women voters 52 to 37 percent.
As she has in the past, Melania is likely to emphasize that when she immigrated from Slovakia in 1996 to future her modeling career, she played by the rules before becoming an American citizen in 2006.
10. KFC. Their fries are thick and greasy, but maybe a little too greasy.
9. PDQ. We love the chicken tenders and fresh approach to food, but the fries are a little squishy.
8. Burger King. You go here for the burgers. They don’t call it “Home of The French Fry.” Though we really liked the Satisfries, while they lasted.
7. Checkers. A greasy, guilty, late-night-when-no-one-is-looking pleasure, if that’s not redundant.
6. McDonald’s. Their fries are always thin, crispy and hot. The saltier, the better.
5. Wendy’s. Their natural cut fries are thick and tasty. Secret ingredient: A sprinkling of sea salt.
4. BurgerFi. They win for best fry-related name — the Cry and Fry, thick fries paired with onion rings and special sauce. A meal in itself. (You can get free fries today with the purchase of The CEO Burger.)
3. Jon Smith Subs. Thin and crispy. They almost make you forget about the subs. Almost.
2. Chik-Fil-A. Two words: Waffle fries! (Try them with a little packet of hot sauce.)
And the winner is…
1. Five Guys. First off, they’re good, hot, and crispy. Second, they give you a MOUNTAIN of fries. Even if you get the small bag, they throw in an extra scoop. You want to make a meal out of French fries today? This is the place to go. (Don’t skip the side cup of malt vinegar, which adds to the carb high.)
What is your favorite fast-food French fry? Take our poll.
Nile monitors, native to the Nile Delta in Africa, can reach 5-foot and 15 pounds. The semi-aquatic meat-eaters with a fearsome bite are known to breed in the canal along Southern Boulevard. (FWC)
Iguanas are tearing up our gardens while Nile monitor lizards are breeding in the C-51 Palm Beach Canal along Southern Boulevard.
Invasive exotic species abound in South Florida and Palm Beach County has its share.
The Burmese pythons breeding in the Everglades haven’t migrated this far north, but wildlife officials are concerned about the spread of tegus, a large black-and-white lizard found in substantial numbers west of Miami and spotted a few times in Palm Beach County.
That would be 1997 alum Oscar Isaac, who plays the villain in the new “X-Men: Apocalypse,” which opens Friday.
Isaac is becoming one of Hollywood’s big names. He played Poe Dameron in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (and he’s signed up for the sequels, too), as well as showing off his acting chops in films such as the Coen Bros. “Inside Llewyn Davis” and Alex Garland’s sci-fi tale, “Ex Machina.”
In the article, he doesn’t talk much about how he came to attend the school in suburban Lantana. He lived in Miami until his parents divorced and Hurricane Andrew destroyed their house, forcing him to move up here for his senior year.
But he does give one clue to what he was doing during his high school days:
Playing in a ska band, or as Rolling Stone’s Brian Hiatt puts it, “a promising, if already deeply out-of-fashion, Florida ska-punk band.” That musical background helped him play the ’60s folk singer in the Coen Bros. movie.
Other tidbits about his Florida upbringing from the article:
*He was “straight-edge” in high school, staying away from drugs and alcohol.
*His role as the bad, blue mutant Apocalypse was not a stretch: In his Florida school days, he was a collector of ‘X-Men’ comics and with a friend took part in a Marvel role-playing game.
*Isaac, whose real last name is Hernandez, is Guatemalan-born, with a Cuban father. But he didn’t want to be defined by his ethnicity, he told the magazine: “They define you — ‘Latino actor, we’ll just bring him in for Spanish commercials.’ I’m interested in telling stories about the human experience that are not necessarily just about my personal circumstances.”