The first lady was joining the president at a White House reception Monday evening for Gold Star families.
Despite the fact she will not be accompanying the President on several key upcoming engagements, including trips to the G7 summit in Quebec and the Trump trip to Singapore to meet with Kim Jong-un, today's appearance at this closed and un-photographed event stands as irrefutable proof that everything is fine between Donald and Melania Trump so please stop saying it isn't, because it definitely is.
"What has happened to Melania Trump?" read a Newsweek headline.
The closest first lady parallel to Mrs. Trump's time out of the public spotlight is Bess Truman, who did few events as first lady because of discomfort around the media, said Anita McBride, a veteran of three Republican administrations who last served as chief of staff to first lady Laura Bush.
It came just one month after Trump literally forgot Melania was standing right next to him, while addressing first responders in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Florida.
Melania Trump, never one to obsess like her husband about media attention, has laid low before.
Shortly after Melania's apparent "routine kidney surgery", Trump tweeted that he was happy to have "Melanie" back in the White House.
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Such a weeks-long disappearance by a modern-day first lady is indeed rare, said Ohio University history professor Katherine Jellison, an expert on presidents' wives.
The president also said: "Melania had a little problem a couple weeks ago, but she wouldn't miss this for anything".
Melania Trump has returned, America!
Reporters turned to look at the spot he indicated, but there was no sign of the first lady.
"We've been going over her initiatives and other long-term planning for events such as the congressional picnic and 4th of July", Grisham said.
Luckily for everyone, FLOTUS posted photos from the Gold Star event, where you can absolutely see her face if you squint quite a bit.
Atlantic senior editor David Frum also suggested the President may be using the Secret Service to help hide potential abuse, writing "Suppose President Trump punched the First Lady in the White House (federal property = federal jurisdiction), then ordered the Secret Service to hide the assault".
But, wait. We can't let politics escape even a good story about the First Lady.
"I see the media is working overtime speculating where I am & what I'm doing", she wrote on Twitter. "Rest assured, I'm here at the White House [with] my family, feeling great, & working hard on behalf of children & the American people!". But over the past half century, it has become the expectation that people know the basic narrative of the first lady's activities.