FLOTUS walked into exhibit at 10:35 am and waved to the children standing among the art exhibits as she walked by them. She is not wearing a face mask.
She spoke from a podium with the Be Best logo on it.
She is wearing a white and orange dress. Her mic was not for the first few seconds she spoke but then came on.
“There we go. Can you hear me?” she said.
In her remarks, she touted the work the president has done for women – including doubling the child tax credit and hiring women for senior positions.
She encouraged everyone to vote “so that we may continue to build the brightest future for all of our children.”
Melania Trump’s prepared remarks:
Good Morning Everyone!
Thank you all for joining me today for the opening of the Building the Movement Exhibit. An exhibit that honors and celebrates the 100thAnniversary of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment and the women’s suffrage movement.
Before I get started, I want to say a special thank you to the young artists joining us. Each of you were selected from hundreds of impressive artwork submissions from across the country to represent your state in this exhibit, congratulations (APPLAUSE).
Your artistic creativity, attention to detail, and talent in each piece of artwork embraces the spirit of this milestone event in our nation’s history.
The Ratification of the 19thAmendment and the women’s right to vote was a turning point in the history of women’s rights in the United States and stood as an example to the world. This exhibit creates a platform to encourage parents to engage with their children on the important conversations taking place around equality – giving young people an opportunity to learn and understand the history behind the women’s suffrage movement.
Throughout this exhibit you will see historic photographs woven into the artwork, bringing the exhibit to life through the unique lens of our children. Each image and drawing depicts the marches, the symbols, and the inspiring women who tirelessly fought and struggled for equality in our nation’s history.
It is these women and their brave actions that have provided strength and inspiration to so many mothers, daughters, and sisters who have stamped their own mark on our country – ensuring future generations of women have the ability to pursue their dreams.
Last week, I joined the President in signing a proclamation recognizing this important day in American history. Since taking office, my husband and this administration have taken historic measures to empower and support women in the United States – and around the world.
Under our administration, the child tax credit has been doubled. American women, who comprise over half of the workforce, experienced their lowest rate of unemployment in over 65 years.
In addition to these achievements, this administration has filled many of its senior positions with women.
I want to thank the Office of the Curator and the Women’s Centennial Commission for your partnership in this exhibit that honors the countless contributions of the women who have come before us. Because of the story of progress ignited by the women’s suffrage movement, we can all continue to look forward to the important achievements that women of all ages will make in our society.
We, as women, must continue using our greatest tool of empowerment – our voice. Now in 2020, the American woman’s voice is more important than ever. Our Nation is depending on each of you. I encourage you all to vote so that we may continue to build the brightest future for all of our children.
Thank you and may God Bless you and your families and may God Bless the United States of America.