To celebrate Mother’s Day the first family hosted a function at the White House. The President and First Lady hosted and event that celebrated military families. In a speech at the beginning of the day the President said,
“We want to thank you. Believe me, we want to thank you. To all of the military families here today, thank you for your daily service to your families, and equally as important, to our great, great nation. And we have a great nation, and it’s getting stronger every day.”
The President introduced his wife Melania to give a speech of her own and the press pool reported that the spouses and military family were very excited to be there that day. The President mentioned possibly increasing defense spending which got a large round of applause.
“We were in the depleted side, to put it mildly. We won’t be anymore. You have my complete and total support. This government stands behind you. I especially want to thank the spouses of the military aides and I’m dealing with them all the time and they’re incredible, incredible people, right? Who support me every hour of the day.”
The President turned to a personal note and noted that his mother was amazing and that he hoped she’s was looking down on him and was very happy. Women in the crowd had their cameras out to document the event and cheered for him during those comments. He ended by telling the crowd he loved them and then stopping to say hello to several of the mothers in attendance.
That is when the First Lady stepped in and gave the following speech that was very well received and surprisingly amazing. The First Lady thanked the group for being there, and gave some remarks:
“I’m honored by your presence, especially as we celebrate National Military Appreciation Month and Mother’s Day on Sunday. As everyone in this room knows, mother is a title that claims your heart and changes your life forever. In fact, it has been said that having a child means allowing your heart to walk around outside of your body. For the mothers of someone who has or is serving our country, this must be especially true. As you all know, I, too, am a mother.
However, I have no idea what kind of different challenges each of you must face as the parent of a soldier. And while you stand with many other parents, so strong and so proud, I am sure that you sometimes march on this journey alone. While your sons and daughters are away serving so selflessly, having a community share even some of that burden must make all the difference in the world.