First Lady kicks off “Be Best” initiative

Special to the Voice, Exeter Resident Vickie Riddle covers the First Lady.

First Lady Melania Trump is on a two-day trip visiting three states to promote the three pillars of her ‘Be Best’ initiative which includes the well being of children, online safety and opioid abuse.

This is Mrs. Trump’s first solo domestic overnight trip.

On March 4 this proud Central Valley resident had the honor to attend a closed-to-the public event as Mrs. Trump arrived at a secure location, separate but still part of the Tulsa International airport.

Mrs. Trump travelled in Air Force 2, a modified Boeing 757.

Temperatures were below nine degrees and the wind chill factor was minus 10 degrees. The piercing cold did not hinder our First Lady, who took her time shaking hands and visiting with each member of Tulsa’s welcome delegation: Oklahoma First Lady, Sarah Stitt, and Tulsa mayor G.T Bynum, all while everyone else appeared to be restless with shivers.

Following the greetings, Mrs. Trump entered her motorcade vehicle, a beige Ford Excursion, and made her way to the Dove School of Discovery, where a kindergarten class was awaiting her with four round tables of eager readers.

From Tulsa the First Lady flew to Washington State to tour Microsoft’s main campus in Redmond. The general manager of Microsoft’s games demonstrated the Xbox parental controls, Xbox adaptive controller and Microsoft’s new online safety research station.

Mrs. Trump wrapped up her trip in Las Vegas, where she participated in a town hall concerning the opioid crisis.

White House Travel is preceded by an advance team one week prior to a visit. Last week Tulsa weather was in the 70’s. This morning the advance team had single layer clothing and cute shoes and bare, red ankles but as always the Presidential crew was professional and enthusiastically helped all who attended.

One example was secret service sharing heat escaping from their lowered window…. helping thaw out this writer’s cold, cold hands!

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