Greetings from Cleveland — the city known as “The Mistake by the Lake.”
It’s hot and humid in this swampland of Donald Trump fervor, yet no one seems to sweat.
Thus far, the Republican National Convention meeting to coronate Trump is a sea of white faces; a lot of people who look like they come from Texas.
Melania musings . . .
Melania Trump, The Donald’s third wife was hoping to take the country by storm at the RNC podium Monday night.
Sneed is told her speech was vetted by the entire Trump tribe. Stepdaughter Ivanka Trump, her father’s main adviser, was pleased.
Ivanka’s nearly omnipotent presence in her father’s campaign seemed to overshadow Melania, who is the mother of his youngest child, Barron.
The speech was intended to bring out Melania’s warmth and focus on women’s issues important to her, including what appears to be a successful marriage.
The Trump forces also hoped it would duplicate Ann Romney’s success in fleshing out her composed, businesslike husband in her convention speech when he became the Republican nominee for president.
Earlier Monday, women attending the Illinois Delegation breakfast were wondering what Melania would wear and what her hairstyle would be.
“She is a beautiful, classy woman,” said Demetra DeMonte, the Illinois National Republican Committeewoman who calls herself the original “Trumpster.”
“She’d make an amazing first lady,” she said.
Postcards from the edge . . .
Foot faults and flotsam from GOP land: a sea of red-patterned lipstick, red frocks and Bermuda shorts.
• Oops: The city’s big welcoming party had an abrupt change of plans: The Doobie Brothers were a no-show.
“Three Dog Night was into their third set when I realized something was amiss,” Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar chirped.
• Oops, again: Trump’s motorcade got into a minor accident in New York while heading to Cleveland.
• A welcome mat for journalists stands as a sentinel at the city’s entrance. A huge billboard reads: “Don’t believe the liberal press.”
• Shout ’em: An expectation of major protests thus far have been no more than a loud face slap, but one group had a new name for Hillary Clinton: “Killary.”