Like so many of us, Ivanka Trump is a working mom. And like so many of us, you might expect her work space to be decorated with photos of her kids.
And you’d be right. But, unlike so many of us — who, you know, aren’t the daughter of the sitting U.S. president as well as an official White House senior adviser — she also has some unique office accoutrements… including, apparently, handwritten lyrics to Journey’s 1981 hit “Don’t Stop Believin’.”
As a recent profile in The Washington Post mentions, the Jewish mom of two was given the lyrics as a gift from one of the songwriters. (Was it Steve Perry himself? We’re kind of dying to know!)
According to the article, it has a prominent place in her “tucked-away modernist oasis of bright white and clean lines” on the second floor of the West Wing:
On a small table in her well-appointed office sit several pictures of her kids, a framed copy of Trump’s typed “Remarks Regarding the Capital of Israel” — signed “To Ivanka, Love Dad” in the president’s oversized Sharpie scribble — and the lyrics to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” handwritten to her by one of the songwriters. Unlike in the rest of the West Wing, including in the president’s private study, no big-screen televisions blare; she said she has little patience for cable news.
As if the 36-year-old wasn’t a complicated enough figure, is there any meaning we can glean from the placement of these apparently beloved objects? After all, this is the speech in which President Trump declared (to much controversy): “I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.”
But perhaps Perry said it best himself, as he sang:
Some will win
Some will lose
Some were born to sing the blues
Oh, the movie never ends
It goes on and on, and on, and on
Whatever happens, we’ll be watching!