NBA superstar LeBron James joined CNN’s Don Lemon recently to talk about a new school he’d opened for at-risk grade school students in Akron, Ohio –but and the conversation inevitably turned harshly critical toward President Donald Trump, which earned a sharp rebuke from the president via Twitter.
But while Trump slammed Lemon as the “dumbest man on television” and characterized James as not much smarter, First Lady Melania Trump issued a statement the next day in which she took an entirely different approach to the popular basketball star’s critiques of the administration.
Encouraging an open dialogue
According to USA Today, the first lady’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, emailed a statement to various media outlets over the weekend that came across as a sort of peaceful overture toward James.
“It looks like LeBron James is working to do good things on behalf of our next generation and just as she always has, the First Lady encourages everyone to have an open dialogue about issues facing children today,” the statement read.
Grisham went on to say that the first lady’s “platform centers around visiting organizations, hospitals and schools, and she would be open to visiting the I Promise School in Akron.”
Husband and wife may not see eye to eye
While the mainstream media will no doubt focus in on the vastly different tone in the statement from the first lady as compared to the tweet from the president — part of their incessant effort to drive a wedge between the first couple — there is a possibility that there is more to the story than the media has noticed.
One of the issues surrounding James’ discussion with Lemon was his dismissal of the notion that he’d ever take part in a conversation with the president.
He told the reporter: “I would never sit across from him.”
But what remains unclear is if that blanket dismissal would apply to the first lady as well, or if the basketball superstar would be open to a meeting with her to discuss where their interests align.
Such a meeting could take place at the new school James’ foundation helped build in Akron for at-risk students, and would undoubtedly bring even more publicity to the admirable venture while serving as a potential bridge between the disparate sides of the ideological divide.
Of course, James can summarily dismiss this overture from the first lady if he so chooses, but the classy move would be to set aside their differences for a greater good and accept the offered olive branch, if even only for this one issue.
Once again, the first lady has shown that she has dedicated herself to making life better for all children across the country, and is willing to work with virtually anyone to try and achieve that laudable goal.