Melania Trump gazes out of her living room window over the gold tapestry of New York's Central Park. It's late November, and from her spacious apartment, which occupies the top three floors of the 68-story Trump Tower, in Midtown Manhattan, the 843 acres nestled among the gray sea of buildings below seem small, like a wet towel left on the bathroom floor by a teenager.
In 2005, Trump's nuptials were a hot ticket as Matt Lauer, Heidi Klum and Elton John flew to Florida for an event its cakemaker and floral designer recall as - what else? - yuuuuge. Now, amid a toxic political climate, 89 calls to guests about the lavish affair weren't returned.
So the reconciliation continues. Kind of. Whatever their feelings about Donald J. Trump winning the presidential election, President Obama and the first lady have been careful to demonstrate that it is time "to now come together, work together, to deal with the many challenges that we face," as Mr. Obama said when he met the p resident-elect at the White House on Thursday.
Donald Trump has been leading the headlines ever since he decided to run to be the 45th President of the United States. But his wife Melania is every bit as eye-catching as the billionaire's surge to claim the Republican nomination and then the White House.