First lady Melania Trump has reportedly urged supporters to sign an online birthday card for her husband, President Donald Trump, who turns 71 on June 14.
"I need your help to make it a birthday my husband will never forget," Melania wrote in an email to supporters. "Our celebrations always include family and close friends. You have certainly proven yourself to be a loyal friend of my husband through your support of his positive vision to Make America Great Again and your unwavering commitment to the Republican Party."
At age 70, Mr. Trump was the oldest person ever elected to the office -- supplanting former President Ronald Reagan, who was 69. During the 2016 campaign, Mr. Trump responded to birthday wishes at one rally by saying, "I don't want to hear about it ... I feel like I'm 35. That's the good news," reports AOL.
Melania's birthday greeting recalls the one former first lady Michelle Obama organized for her husband, former President Barack Obama. In July 2010, on the occasion of Mr. Obama's 49th birthday, she sent a message stating, "Together with other Organizing for America supporters -- and me, Malia, Sasha, and Bo -- we'll wish him a happy birthday and let him know that we're ready to take on the year ahead alongside him."
Mr. Trump's birthday appeal was overshadowed by the June 8 Senate Intelligence Committee testimony of ousted FBI Director James Comey, which was broadcast nationally by at least 12 television networks, observes The Washington Post. During his dramatic testimony, Comey accused the president of telling "lies, plain and simple."
However, the first lady will also be giving her husband another gift by finally moving into the White House on his birthday, reports Politico. She and the couple’s son, Barron, are expected to move in on June 14.
Katherine Jellison, a history professor at Ohio University who specializes in first lady studies, speculated on the political ramifications of the move. “Her presence is not going to stop any investigations, but at a time when this particular presidency needs an air of stability, it might lend that,” she said. “The move helps to give the impression that the president is currently in a stable, solid marriage and that his home life is under control.”
Others who are close to the president also think the move will have a positive effect.
"I’m very happy she’s moving here," said Sam Nunberg, a former Trump campaign aide who has spent time with the couple. "She’s a strong influence and personality, and I think she comforts him."
Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy, a longtime Mar-a-Lago member and confidant of Mr. Trump, added: "I do think Donald listens to his wife and respects her opinions on things tremendously."