When Melania Trump needs to say something good, she turns to the Obamas. In 2016 she plagiarized Michelle Obama to address the Republican National Convention. Now she plagiarizes the Obama Administration’s Federal Trade Commission to launch her long-delayed cyberbullying campaign (which, in a likely sign of committee bloat, has morphed into a campaign on social media use, opioid abuse, and general well-being):
A booklet put out by Mrs Trump bore a striking resemblance to one published under the Obama administration.
The text and graphics of the “Be Best” booklet were nearly identical to those in the previous edition.
…Mrs Trump’s online safety booklet was initially billed on the initiative’s website as being “by First Lady Melania Trump and the Federal Trade Commission”.
After similarities to the Obama-era edition were picked up online, the text was revised to describe it as a “Federal Trade Commission booklet, promoted by First Lady Melania Trump” [“Melania Trump Faces New Plagiarism Row over Cyber Safety Booklet,” BBC, 2018.05.08].
The Internet Archive captures the original authorship attribution posted by the White House:
The opening graphics, text, and table of contents are identical, with the sole exception of a switch from gray to blue (a signal of a shift in White House support from the Confederacy to the Union?) that propagates through the rest of the booklet:
Subsequent pages show some minor editing but leave in place this number-agreement error on page 5:
Melania’s scribes appear to have paid the most attention to rewording a couple of passages under the section most relevant to her husband’s constant misconduct, cyberbullying:
Melania’s designers also sleekened up some phone graphics from Android to iPhone profiles:
Page 20 swaps out warnings about peer-to-peer file-sharing in favor of advice to back up your files and secure your home network:
The only other major insertion is this introduction from Melania Trump, which only underscores the irony of an exhortation to be good online role models from the third wife of the Cyberbully-in-Chief:
If you have a young person in your life — whether you are a parent or guardian, teacher, police officer, coach, religious or scout leader, relative or friend — I ask you to join me and commit to promoting values such as encouragement, compassion, and respect, both online and offline.
…The internet — and technology in general — are powerful forces for good. I believe that, together, we can make a real difference in encouraging positive behavior online [attributed to Melania Trump, introduction, “Talking with Kids About Being Online,” Federal Trade Commission, May 2018].
The White House’s initial impulse to brand advice mostly cribbed from the Obama FTC as the First Lady’s own work shows the hollowness of its commitment to honesty, not to mention the well-being of our children and our nation. Even the few words we may fairly attribute to the First Lady about the need for good role models are daily mooted by the disrespectful, un-Presidential, bullying behavior of her husband.