- Will Melania Trump visit the I Promise School in Akron?
- FLOTUS has been on the opposite side of POTUS before
- LeBron James’ personal project is the epitome of #BeBest
Proving that you can find action on almost anything, sportsbooks have crossed the sports world with the political arena for a dandy.
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) August 4, 2018
They’re offering odds on whether First Lady Melania Trump will in fact visit the I Promise School in Akron, Ohio – the brainchild of NBA demigod LeBron James, and current newest sworn enemy du jour of her husband, US President Donald Trump.
Let’s check the numbers.
Odds FLOTUS visits the I Promise School by End of 2018
|Yes Odds||No Odds|
This summer, the Team James camp, with assistance from the public school board of Akron, created the I Promise School – a school built to take on at-risk and inner-city youth, and give them every chance at an education and success.
This is what believing in the common good looks like. LeBron doesn't need public schools. He could build a school just 4 his own kids. Yet, he is investing for the good of community, while also not extracting resources from public schools that most black kids in the city attend.
— Ida Bae Wells (@nhannahjones) July 30, 2018
It is legitimately dope. It’s a well thought out, highly progressive and holistic attempt at creating the proper environment for kids to work at being their best. What other school offers this kind of program?
.@BarackObama and I are so proud of @KingJames and @IPROMISESchool. Kids in Akron and across the US are lucky to have you as a role model on and off the court. Keep using your platform for good and giving our kids a chance to shoot for the stars. ?? #ReachHigher #BetterMakeRoom pic.twitter.com/hyS6UM2A7b
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) July 31, 2018
They’re so serious, the staff have to hold up their end of the bargain too!
Strong Body ? Strong Mind ?@kingjames’ staff participates in team workouts with a trainer before the start of school as part of their PROMISE to live an active and healthy lifestyle. #IPROMISE #WeAreFamily pic.twitter.com/vOuJcacrqA
— I PROMISE School (@IPROMISESchool) August 21, 2018
When the school opened, James was interviewed by CNN’s Don Lemon, and stated his platform that isn’t hard to find. He’s not fond of what Trump is doing.
LeBron James (@KingJames) says Trump's trying to use sport to divide people, but he believes it brings people together. He sits down with @donlemon at the opening of his new elementary school for at-risk children in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. Watch 10pET https://t.co/koTK4RarqE pic.twitter.com/CQYsTz2Fzl
— CNN (@CNN) July 30, 2018
Apparently, the president who never watches CNN, watched, and lashed out.
Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do. I like Mike!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 4, 2018
Shortly after came the FLOTUS comments. And here we are.
Let’s be honest. This isn’t anything we could define as normal. We’ve never seen a president use cyberspace (mainly Twitter) as an attack-style sounding board, to foreign leaders (both of the combative and kind variety), the media, and celebrities.
And we’ve never had a First Lady pour her efforts into a cause that flies directly in the face of her man’s antics.
Melania speaking out against cyberbullying, warning against destructive and harmful use of social media, with no mentioning of or direct reference to her husband. Not sure, this is either what good trolling looks like or hypocrisy at it's worst. #BeBestpic.twitter.com/lZahWmmXjk
— Kristian (@ursusmiratus) August 20, 2018
This is not the first time that Melania has flown against the grain of her husband’s wishes, either. Apparently, Air Force One is a no-CNN zone, but maybe only when the Donald is rolling with his cronies.
Melania will watch “any channel she wants”: First lady’s office dismisses Trump’s CNN tantrum https://t.co/mVmhMC5kDw
— Salon (@Salon) July 25, 2018
Which is why that +200 is looking awfully good. It appears that the First Lady is defiant, willing to distance herself from the actions of Trump, and stand in direct contrast to what he is spewing when everything tells her that it’s wrong.
But more than that, is this all posturing? If so, consider this visit a nice little “get out of jail free” card that can be activated in the case of a Trump blunder that completely grabs hold of the media and puts White House staff into damage control mode. Hmmm, I wish there were examples that I could offer…
— Bloomberg (@business) January 11, 2018
Deploying Melania to the school, and perhaps a face-to-face visit with James would be a nice little side distraction. Right, conspiracy theorists?
But there’s a caveat to that. The NBA regular season starts on October 16th. If it doesn’t happen before then, it’s going to be a scheduling miracle to plan that visit before December 31st.
So hold off until then. If there’s still no visit, grab the -300. It’s a virtual lock FLOTUS will not be visiting.