Behind Every Successful Republican Presidential Candidate Is A Wife We Need To Know More About

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At this point in the presidential campaign (just SEVEN more months to go….), most Americans are tired of hearing about Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, the top two candidates for the Republican Party’s nomination.  Perhaps the citizens feel like they have heard it all, but I beg to differ with them.  Each man has a running mate, and I am not referring to a vice presidential candidate but his spouse–the woman behind the man.  Just how much do we really know about the women who will have the candidate’s ear and with whom he will engage in pillow talk?

So far, the only real focus on the candidate’s wives has come from the candidate’s themselves exchanging barbs about how the other side has disrespected his wife.  An organization not directly connected with Cruz published a (GASP!) nude photo of Melania Trump a/k/a Mrs. The Donald.  If this publication was aimed at shock value, I think it missed the mark.  Mrs. Trump was a model.  If you are a model, you often pose for nude magazine shoots.  As the commercial says, “It’s what you do.”  No one disputes this occurred years back, but what does it have to do with The Donald being in the Oval Office?

Cruz supporters picking on Mrs. Trump did not go over well with her hubby.  He lashed back by saying he’d “spill the beans” on Heidi Cruz.  I am not sure exactly what The Donald had in mind, but an unflattering picture of Mrs. Cruz was subsequently posted.  While I am sure Heidi has had better pictures taken of her, who hasn’t had a picture of themselves passed around that they wished could be deep sixed?

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The Donald caught some heat for this post for being superficial and focusing on a woman’s physical attributes.  To his credit, he did not do anything worse than post an unflattering picture of Heidi Cruz.  He did not did not question her mental stability, a fair inquiry given that public records reveal Mrs. Cruz suffered a bout of depression in the past and was found sitting by the side of a busy highway (not in a car) with her head in her hands by a policeman who deemed her to be a danger to herself.  So she is a real human being who had a difficult transition from D.C. to the Lone Star State where she moved to support her husband.  And?   She clearly bounced back from this difficulty.  But regardless of what negative thing Trump brought out about Mrs. Cruz, what does this  have to do with Ted being in the Oval Office?

Forget spilling the beans on either candidate’s spouse.  Let’s talk turkey instead.  Why don’t we consider the facts about these women because whichever candidate  is elected will have a spouse who will be expected to serve in a very high profile position, First Lady.  Here are the basics on the Republican contenders for  First Lady.

In corner #1 we have Heidi Nelson Cruz,  age 43.  She has been married to Ted since 2001.  The couple has two daughters, born in 2008 and 2011 respectively.  Mrs. Cruz received an MBA from Harvard Business School and is employed as an investment banker for Goldman Sachs.  She met her husband while both were working on George Bush’s 2000 presidential campaign.  Mrs. Cruz speaks Spanish, a language she picked up while working for J.P. Morgan on Latin American markets.

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In corner #2 we have Melania Trump, age 45.  She has been married to Donald since January 2005 having met him at a fashion week event in New York.  The couple has a 9 year old son, Barron.  Mrs. Trump was born in Yugoslavia (now called Slovenia) but became a U.S. citizen in 2006.  She studied design and architecture in college. Melania worked as a model and now owns a successful jewelry business.  Mrs. Trump is fluent in five languages:  Slovenian; French; English; German and Serbo-Croatian.  (Translation:  She’s no dummy!)

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Now that we know the basics, who would best fit the bill of First Lady?  Let’s consider the First Lady’s role:

  1.  The First Lady is highly visible and frequently photographed.    Undeniably, Mrs. Trump, a former model,  is likely to be the more photogenic and at ease around the cameras.  And, thanks to The Donald’s post, we know that Mrs. Cruz may take an unflattering picture from time to time. Melania wins that round.

2.  The First Lady often accompanies her husband on overseas trips.  Who would be the more  valuable asset in travel abroad?   Mrs. Trump also wins round 2.  She was born overseas, has lived and studied outside the U.S. and is fluent in several languages.  Who needs to trust an interpreter with her on your arm?  If the trip was to Mexico though, then Heidi  would have the advantage since she speaks Spanish and is currently living just across the border in Texas, Mexico’s backyard neighbor.

3.  The First Lady needs to be able to maneuver around the Washington scene and have connections.  Heidi wins this round hands down.  She previously worked for the Bush administration and is already familiar to those in Washington, D.C. from her time as a Senator’s wife.  And as a Goldman Sachs investment banker, she is surely well connected in the financial world.  Melania’s home base is  New York City, and she is much more familiar with that metropolitan scene. New York (and her palatial penthouse) is likely where she’d rather be. (She might even get allergic to smelling political hay!)  Melania  may be socially connected, but that only gets you so far on Capitol Hill.

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4.  The First Lady needs to be a sounding board for her husband.  Heidi is obviously on top of economic and financial issues as a result of her MBA and investment banking job; her experience and expertise could be a big asset for Ted. .  Nevertheless, Melania is a savvy businesswoman who has lived in other countries and may be able to provide an outsider’s perspective on foreign affairs.  Barbara Walters once remaked that people don’t expect Melania to be so smart  because she is beautiful.  Anyone who can hold her own with The Donald deserves some respect.  (“Little Marco” had a tough time in that regard.)  This round ends in a draw.

5.  The First Lady is expected to entertain at the White House and at official functions.   Melania has experience with society and business functions from being married to The Donald.  How lavishly she would host such events from the White House might be a concern.  If she redecorates the White House like she did the penthouse where she lives with The Donald, then the national debt might increase dramatically.  We have not seen much of Melania on the campaign trail, so she might not cotton to so much public exposure (as opposed to personal exposure for nude photoshoots).  While Heidi has been on the scene in D.C. and has experience as a Senator’s wife, it is one thing to attend a political event and quite another to host one on a huge scale. Again, this round ends in a draw.

Considering the facts, it seems that the two contenders for First Lady of a Republican president are fairly evenly matched.  From all appearances, both women are greatly loved by their husbands who have no problem in fiercely defending them.  Melania and Heidi are each an intelligent and accomplished woman in her own right.  Melania has a good head on her shoulders; she is not simply arm candy for The Donald.  Heidi, a Harvard educated banker with political world experience, is a success whether or not every picture of her is picture perfect.  And, yes, she can take very flattering pictures.

Heidi Cruz
Heidi Cruz

In all seriousness, it behooves the voters to look at all the pertinent facts about any candidate.  A candidate’s  spouse is a huge consideration because the spouse is a special interest that will wield great influence over a candidate whether or not the spouse contributes anything at all to the campaign coffers.  Cruz and Trump’s wives are intelligent, attractive women who are standing behind and supporting their spouse.  Sure we need to know where Cruz and Trump stand on the issues, but I am one voter who feels that to be truly informed, voters also need to know about the women who stand behind these successful men.

 

 

 

 

 

Trump Trivia

With several primaries slated for tomorrow, voters will be asked to cast votes to winnow down the field of presidential candidates.  After no less than twelve Republican debates and intense media coverage, one would think that we have heard all that there is to know about the GOP candidates.  Nevertheless, this is just not the case.  Let’s see how much the average voter does NOT know about the frontrunner in the Republican field.

What is The Donald’s favorite food?  Trump is a billionaire business man.  Surely he craves expensive and exotic foods.  Is it caviar? Pate de foie gras?  Nope.  The Donald is a down to earth guy like you and me.  After a long hard day of wheeling and dealing, he’ll want a nice big serving of MEATLOAF on his plate.  And make sure that there is plenty of ketchup available.

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What is The Donald’s favorite book?  Does he enjoy reading about economic theory?  Business strategy?  Perhaps How To Win Friends And Influence People?  Maybe so, but he states that THE BIBLE is absolutely his favorite book.  Hopefully the Gideons have placed a copy in the swanky hotel rooms where he stays while on the campaign trail.  Coming in second is his own book, The Art Of The Deal.

Is The Donald A Sports Fan?  Yes, in the sense that he can make money from sports.  The Donald once served as the financial advisor to Mike Tyson and was the owner of the New Jersey Generals of the (now-defunct) USFL. Thus, The Donald has technically had experience as a commander-in-chief as head of the Generals.

What alcoholic beverage would The Donald likely serve at state dinners?  Not sure what he would serve, but he will not be drinking it.  He is a teetotaler.  The Donald’s older brother, Fred, died of alcoholism, so The Donald shuns drinking.  Of course, that did not stop him from marketing a brand of vodka at one point.

What high honor was bestowed upon The Donald in Hollywood?  He holds star #2,327 in Hollywood’s Walk of Fame for his work on The Apprentice.  Of course, being president is a much more exclusive club (he’d be only #45) and he wants in.

Republican presidential candidate frontrunner Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in seen, September 10, 2015 in Hollywood, California. Trump was awarded the star in 2007 in the television category. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK

Would The Donald take a smoke break with Barack O’Bama?  No.   O’Bama quit smoking while President because he got tired of trying to  sneak past the watchful eye of Michelle who wanted him to quit the nasty habit.  Even if Obama relapsed and took smoking up again,  The Donald won’t be lighting up with him; he’s a non-smoker.  That characterization does not deter his detractors from calling some of his proposals smoke and mirrors.

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What common political gesture does The Donald avoid?  He is  a germaphobe and avoids shaking hands when possible.  It is hard to be a politician without getting your hands dirty.  What was The Donald thinking by entering the political arena?  Is kissing babies any more sanitary?

What is The Donald’s zodiac sign?  He’s a Gemini (the Twins).  Heavens!  Can you imagine two of him? The sign seems to fit him though as Geminis love to talk.  And he’s been doing lots of that on the campaign trail.

What’s significant about the month and day The Donald was born?  He was born on June 14th, Flag Day.  With such a patriotic beginning, The Donald clearly feels he was destined to hear “Hail To The Chief” for his birthday in 2017.

Has The Donald ever been in the military?  No, but he entered the New York Military Academy at age 13.  So, he has spent some time in uniform and can say that he is a graduate of a military academy.

Is The Donald a grandparent?  Yes, he has seven grandchildren with another on the way.  Hmmm.  No one said anything about him not running because he was a grandpa like they questioned Hillary running since she was a grandma.  Do I detect some sexism here?  Naaahhh.

Why might The Donald be great with Eastern European relations?  His first wife was a Czech model and his current (and third) wife was a Slovenian model.  Thus, he seems to have an affinity for this area of the world.  At least he might be able to charm the female population there.

Where does The Donald call home sweet home?  His little nest is a penthouse condo on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan at the top of Trump Tower.  At least with that type of abode he doesn’t have to worry about mowing his lawn.

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Hopefully, these trivia tidbits have given you an even better picture of The Donald, the presidential candidate.  He is not simply a candidate; he is an individual with a life, a family, personal tastes, etc.  Candidates are not one-dimensional political beings.  Let’s consider the whole package and not merely political rhetoric.  We are all products of our experiences and our environment.  Doesn’t it then behoove us to consider those aspects as well as the issues when it comes to electing the next resident of the White House?