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August 15, 2017 at 6:33 pm

Real Clear Politics Quotes Jellison on ‘Melania Trump Inching Toward Spotlight’

Real Clear Politics quoted Dr. Katherine Jellison, Professor and Chair of History at Ohio University, in a story headlined “Melania Trump Inching Toward Spotlight.”

Since her move to Washington in June, the first lady has slowly become more involved in her husband’s administration, but it has been done on her terms.

“Maybe she has made the decision to live life on her terms even though she is full time in the White House,” said Professor Katherine Jellison of Ohio University, who studies first ladies….

And, as with her idol, her wish to make the role her own while also keeping the semblance of a private life could backfire: The more Jackie Kennedy tried to maintain a veil of privacy, the more the public wanted to know about her. The same could happen to Melania Trump.

“Jackie Kennedy tried to be low-profile, but the public kind of wouldn’t let her. They really demanded to see this young, glamorous first lady,” Jellison said. “That sort of mystique has developed around [Melania]. She’s a mystery woman, so to speak, so people want to know more about her. That’s what Jackie Kennedy was not able to avoid ultimately. People wanted to know more and more and more about this quiet first lady. So she ended up fighting a losing battle.”

Read the entire story in Real Clear Politics.

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