Barron Trump and 6 other children of US presidents who got from the media

Three years ago, the Internet popularity of President Trump's youngest son increased so much that for the first time in history, the White House made an official statement asking to leave the child alone. We recall what really happened, and who else of the presidential offspring was honored to be "chosen" by the press, television and online trolls.

Barron Trump and 6 other children of US presidents who got from the media

Barron Trump and 6 other children of US presidents who got from the media

A statement posted on the whitehouse website.gov 4 days after the inauguration, impersonal and concise ("According to a long tradition, the children of presidents are given the opportunity to grow up without political attention. The White House fully expects that it will be continued"). But it was impossible not to understand what, and most importantly, who it was about.

Hysteria about the "inadequacy" of Barron Trump began to take the form of mass, and two days earlier Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of the 42nd US President Bill Clinton, tried to suspend her on Twitter, writing:

Monica Lewinsky, well-known thanks to the same Clinton, also spoke out in defense of the boy - her tweet with the hashtag #barrontrump reads:

Among the reasons why President Trump's son became an Internet star at such a young age, there is one curious: this is the first boy who will finally appear in the White House since 1963 (for a second, it's more than half a century!).

Barron Trump and 6 other children of US presidents who got from the media

John F. Kennedy Jr. with his father in the Oval Office (October 1963)

The previous one was John F. Kennedy's firstborn, John Fitzgerald Kennedy Jr. He was born 16 days after his father was elected head of the country and spent the first three years of his life in the presidential mansion in Washington. The kid grew up almost in front of the whole country, thanks to which he earned the nickname "son of America".

Barron Trump and 6 other children of US presidents who got from the media

President Kennedy was assassinated three days before his son's third birthday, and footage of baby "John-John" saluting at his father's coffin flew around the world (November 25, 1963)

Barron Trump was also awarded a title, though much less flattering — he is called "rain man" (by analogy with the character of the film of the same name - a genius and autistic). It is not entirely clear where the prerequisites for this came from, because the younger Trump was rarely in sight during his father's election campaign.

Barron Trump and 6 other children of US presidents who got from the media

Children of the 45th US President Donald Trump (from left to right): Donald, Ivanka, Eric, Tiffany and Barron (center)

Melania tried to keep him in the shadows. He appeared in public three times: during Trump's campaign trip to South Carolina, at his speech at the Republican National Convention and during a speech after winning the presidential election.

The latter was won back by the media community in full. On November 11, 2016, that is, almost immediately after the announcement of the results of the presidential race, the TV presenter of the popular American show The View, comedian Rosie O'Donnell posted on her Twitter a link to the video and the question: is the president's son autistic?

In fact, O'Donnell's post was a retweet — she replicated a video posted on YouTube by blogger James Hunter a little earlier. It was a mounted selection of "strange" and "unusual" (like a closed facial expression and uncoordinated actions of hands and/or feet) moments of Barron Trump's behavior, supported by statements about him by his father and mother, which were taken from interviews from different periods of the family's life.

The video promoted the author's assumption that Donald Trump's youngest son is autistic. Melania, having taken control of the situation, ensured that the video was deleted from the portal. The development of this episode did not have much success: all Americans are aware that O'Donnell quarreled with Trump ten years ago.

Barron Trump and 6 other children of US presidents who got from the media

A tired Barron during Donald Trump's speech at the Republican National Convention (July 21, 2016) - it lasted 75 minutes and became the longest in history

The inauguration of President Trump has become a new impetus for hundreds of thousands of comments on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #barrontrump. The video, in which during the inaugural parade, Barron Trump abruptly pulls his hand away from Melania (and then prefers to walk next to his father, not his mother), excited social networks.

Barron Trump and 6 other children of US presidents who got from the media

The most popular joke about Trump's youngest son on the night of the announcement of the election results was the following: "Someone put the child to bed or give him an energy drink!" (November 8, 2016)

But they were blown up by a tweet by a certain Katie Rich (as it turned out later, the screenwriter of another favorite American TV show Saturday Night Live) - biting, cold and generally even cruel. Ms. Rich wrote that the younger Trump would probably be "the first home school shooter," implying that the president's son, with his appearance and behavior, resembles typical difficult American teenagers who solve their problems in a way notorious to the country.

Barron Trump and 6 other children of US presidents who got from the media

One-year-old Barron learns to greet the public (at the opening of Donald Trump's personal star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007)

A short time after the recording, the account was blocked, after which there was only one entry left in it, saying that Katie Rich "sincerely regrets the thoughtless and hurtful words" (it later became known that the apology did not help - NBC terminated her contract).

Barron Trump and 6 other children of US presidents who got from the media

During the inaugural parade in honor of the 45th President of the United States Donald Trump (January 20, 2017)

A little earlier, the media did not fail to note the absence of Barron as part of the Trump family at the pre-inauguration concert. Why the son was not with them, the parents did not explain, saying only that he was at home. But after all, Sasha Obama, for example, was not at the event on January 10, when her father gave a farewell speech as president of the United States! In general, it is difficult to imagine what number of rumors and gossip generated by the absence of Barron Trump in the White House, albeit temporary.

Barron Trump and 6 other children of US presidents who got from the media

Newly elected US President Donald Trump, Melania Trump and Barron Trump go to the family villa "Mar-a-Lago" in Florida (November 27, 2016)

Barron is in high school, so he and Melania didn't move into the White House until the end of the school year. Mrs. Trump herself insisted on this - she did not want to expose the boy to unnecessary stresses associated with moving, changing classmates, teachers and other circumstances.

Barron Trump and 6 other children of US presidents who got from the media

Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School, where Barron studies, is the oldest educational institution in Manhattan (founded in 1764) and one of the best private schools in the world

Today, everything about Barron Trump is being subjected to crazy criticism. Although, if you look into it, there are not so many reasons for ironic attacks. He is bilingual (speaks English and, thanks to his mother, speaks fluent Slovenian).

In early childhood, he managed to visit television (including the Oprah Winfrey Show). He loves baseball and does not miss the opportunity to play golf with his father (for which he specially takes lessons). He doesn't have any official social media accounts, and those registered in his name belong to fans.

Barron Trump and 6 other children of US presidents who got from the media

According to rumors, Barron Trump loved LEGO constructors so much that he got a whole living room at Trump Tower to store models at his own disposal (at the Lego show.The film " in New York, February 2014)

Barron Trump and 6 other children of US presidents who got from the media

Barron Trump at a children's party with his parents (New York, March 2011)

In general, Barron behaves like a normal teenager, and Melania herself contributed to the creation of an ambiguity and "peculiarity" around him. It just happened before Barron Trump became the son of the US president.

For example, in an interview with Parenting, she described him as a "smart, but very specific boy" who "likes to play alone and can do it for hours" and said that unlike his peers, he does not decorate the walls of his room with drawings and posters, but prefers pure white, and also loves to wear suits to be like dad. Barron was 6 years old at the time of the revelations…

However, no matter how hard the White House administration tried to appeal to political correctness, ridicule and mockery of status children took place much earlier than the appearance of Barron Trump here. What were the presidential youth accused of?

The result of criticism of the daughters of the 44th President of the United States Barack Obama by the employee of the National Committee of the Republican Party of the United States Elizabeth Lauten was sad — the American had to resign from office.

Barron Trump and 6 other children of US presidents who got from the media

Sasha and Malia Obama during the inauguration of Barack Obama (January 20, 2009)

In 2014, she posted a Facebook appeal addressed to the Obama girls, in which she asked them to remember that they are part of the family of the first person of the state, and to dress appropriately, and not as if they were "going to drop into a bar" (the event attended by the president's daughters was held in the White House).

Madame supplemented the satirical post with a valuable remark that "you should not roll your eyes like that, even if you are frankly bored." Sasha was 13 at the time, and Malia was 16. Later, Lauten deleted the topic (though not before third-party commentators told her that it was generally indecent to speak in such a tone) and apologized for her notation, but it did not help to save the situation.

Jenna and Barbara Bush became the first twins to appear in the White House. They were 19 when their father, George W. Bush, became the 43rd president of the United States. The age is not the youngest, but also not old enough to do whatever you want, especially if you are the daughter of the head of state.

Barron Trump and 6 other children of US presidents who got from the media

Barbara and Jenna Bush at the inaugural ball in honor of the father of US President George W. Bush (January 20, 2001)

In April 2001, the girls were caught at the scene of a "crime" - Jenna was treated to strong alcohol in one of Austin's night bars. Everything would be fine, but she violated the law written by her own father when he was governor of Texas, which prohibited people under the age of 21 from drinking alcoholic beverages in this territory.

Despite the fact that the case was made public in the press, after some time the sisters repeated the feat, presenting someone else's driver's license as an identity card. While tolerant Europeans were laughing at the situation, and Americans were eagerly discussing it, the presidential daughters - by that time they were awarded the funny nickname "the nightmare of the special services" - were lectured on the dangers of alcohol and sentenced to community service.

Barron Trump and 6 other children of US presidents who got from the media

To one of their most spectacular appearances in the press, Jenna and Barbara were completely innocent: as an April Fool's joke, Maxim magazine published a photojab on them in 2005

The antics of Jenna and Barbara were thoroughly analyzed on a specially created website firsttwins.com : after describing the next delicate situation in which the twins got into, his attendance doubled. By the way, the presidential administration and George W. Bush personally have always reacted to these scandalous cases in the same way:

It was Jenna and Barbara, who knew firsthand how cruel journalists can be when leaving the White House in 2009, who wrote in a letter to Sasha and Malia Obama about how difficult it is to be the children of the president.

Life in the White House fell on the teenage age of the only daughter of the 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton. Chelsea Clinton was 13 years old in 1993.

Barron Trump and 6 other children of US presidents who got from the media

Chelsea Clinton is a "sample" of Bill Clinton's first presidential term (1993-96).

She grew up as a very ordinary girl who spent more time with books than with cosmetics. The Clinton couple also tried in every possible way to protect their daughter from contacts with the media, but they always found a reason to pay attention to the presidential daughter and tease her for her appearance. Jokes implicated on a political basis turned out to be especially evil. So, in 1998, Republican Joe McCain publicly asked:

Bill Clinton lost his temper at that moment:

Barron Trump and 6 other children of US presidents who got from the media

Chelsea at the inaugural ball in honor of Bill Clinton's second presidential term (January 20, 1997)

The lessons were not in vain: over time, Miss Clinton became prettier, got the prefix "Mrs." and three children, made a career. She's really all "OK".

Barron Trump and 6 other children of US presidents who got from the media

Chelsea and Bill Clinton listen to Hillary's speech at the Democratic National Convention (July 28, 2016)

But the memory of painful injections that strangers can make remarks just because you are next to them in the frame remained, and she was the first to defend the younger Trump.

This girl, perhaps, had the hardest time of all. When she crossed the threshold of the White House with Jimmy Carter, she was 9 years old. It was the 77th year, and the American public, surprisingly enough, was even more intolerant than it is now.

Barron Trump and 6 other children of US presidents who got from the media

9-year-old Amy Carter during preparations for the inaugural parade…

She disliked the baby immediately: spoiled (the 39th US president put 39 Teddy bears in her room and even gave her a real elephant - in fact, the gift was from the Sri Lankan government), sad (she often brought books to gala dinners and official ceremonies) and strange (afraid that people would find out that the girl had asked for Christmas toy chainsaw, the president instructed the newspapers to print the information that she received the railroad) child.

Barron Trump and 6 other children of US presidents who got from the media

... and in the lens of a photographer at the inauguration ceremony of the 39th President of the United States Jimmy Carter (January 20, 1977)

Amy got the most at school, because at first she went to the most ordinary educational institution in Washington, and only after some time her parents transferred her to a private boarding house. The press did not leave the poor guy alone for a while, even after Carter lost the election race to Ronald Reagan in 1980.

Keywords: Children | Criticism | President | Media

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