First Lady Melania Trump unveiled her version of the White House Rose Garden on Saturday and Americans are not impressed. In fact, they are outraged and disgusted.
The modern design Americans are most familiar with came about during the Kennedy administration in 1961 by Rachel Lambert “Bunny” Mellon. It has been iconic ever since, serving as a location for important presidential remarks, ceremonies, and a greeting area for distinguished guests such as world leaders.
But Melania, just like her husband President Donald Trump, is looking to destroy everything she touches out of desperation for a legacy.
And now, instead of a vibrant and colorful Rose Garden, we get a space that looks more like something out of Soviet Russia.
Presidential historian Michael Beschloss posted before and after photos on Twitter showing that the trees planted during the Kennedy years are gone along with the beautiful flowers. Melania also had a concrete path installed.
— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) August 22, 2020
Americans were horrified.
So Melania killed the trees and the tulips?
— It’s just Personwomanmancameratv ? (@jerzysuregirl) August 22, 2020
They took the trees down, what a shame! Much prettier before.
— Jayne ??☘️???? ? ???#BidenHarris (@smilingoutloud2) August 22, 2020
How’s this. Summer in Rose Garden pre Melania pic.twitter.com/lLBY6zW6JS
— Colleen Taylor-West (@taylorwestc) August 23, 2020
This is John Kennedy Jr. in 1963.
In front of the trees that are now gone. ? pic.twitter.com/bEfF6AoepV
— Jo (@JoJoFromJerz) August 22, 2020
Everything *Before Trump* is better.
Shameful that they took out trees and added cement. Reminiscent of who they are: cold and void
— SarahCA #BidenHarris2020 (@SarahBCalif) August 22, 2020
Added a paved walk so Mels wouldn’t get her spiky heels caught in the grass? Where are the cherry trees? This looks as stark and lifeless as she is.
— jana goldman – make a way out of no way – vote (@PressHereJG) August 22, 2020
— Eric Slater (@ericsslater) August 22, 2020
She hates flowers more than she hates refugee children.
— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) August 22, 2020
Mellon herself once spoke highly of the beloved crabapple trees that Melania had removed.
“It was truly President Kennedy’s garden,” Bunny Mellon wrote. “His concern for the growth and wellbeing of this garden was never ending.”
— David Gura (@davidgura) August 22, 2020
Hopefully, former Vice President Joe Biden will reverse this travesty because Kennedy’s garden should never be the Trump garden. It’s beyond disgraceful.
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