First Lady Michelle Obama unites the beauty of Eleanor Roosevelt with the style of Mamie Eisenhower and the warmth and charm of Mary Todd Lincoln

by CynthiaYockey on September 20, 2009

Barack and Michelle Obama at the ceremony to award a posthumous Medal of Honor to the family of U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Jared C. Monti.

Barack and Michelle Obama at the ceremony to award a posthumous Medal of Honor to the family of U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Jared C. Monti.

Until today, I swore that I would never make fun of Michelle Obama’s appearance. After all, age and adversity have faded my youth and beauty and expanded my waistline. I can’t get a good haircut to save my life since I moved from the D.C. area. And dressing well has been out of reach financially for several years. I mention these things since I’m not the type of lesbian who looks awful on purpose, or who just truly doesn’t care.

I didn’t make fun of Michelle Obama when those nice young gay men at HillBuzz were pointing out last fall that she wore dresses that looked like grandma’s sofa.

I didn’t make fun of the designer Wilma-Flintstone-dresses-like-a-tranny-for-Halloween look that Michelle Obama chose for the Inaugural Ball.

I didn’t make fun of Michelle Obama when she showed up at the State of the Union address in a sleeveless outfit — although, you have to know, she’s in trouble when someone as out-of-touch with fashion as I am looks at her and says, “Who picks out that woman’s clothes and why does she want to make the First Lady a laughingstock?”

I didn’t make fun of the ammo belt the First Lady wore this week on at least two occasions.

I have not called out to the blogosphere, “What is Michelle Obama’s problem with SLEEEEEVES?”

But today I have snapped. Michelle Obama wore a cocktail dress in a loud, vulgar print and kitten heels — a gruesomely evocative epithet if there ever was one — TO THE CEREMONY TO AWARD A POSTHUMOUS MEDAL OF HONOR to the family of the fallen hero, U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Jared C. Monti. Too bad she was missing her favorite accessories for occasions honoring members of our armed services who have died in the service of their country — her diamond-studded peace symbol brooch and bas-relief platinum Che belt buckle must have been at the jeweler’s shop for cleaning. They totally would have completed her ensemble.

So from now on, it is freaking open season on Michelle Obama and her fashion sense AND TOTAL LACK THEREOF.

I started down this path after idling at the news stand at The Sundries Shack, where I spotted the fashion reporting by Pundit and Pundette, which was cross- posted to the Green Room at Hot Air — where the comments are so funny that I must admonish you to pee before you read them and, while you read, not to drink anything you are unwilling to spew on your keyboard and monitor.

I will close by reveling in the schadenfreude of contemplating that Barack Obama, one of history’s most vain men, periodically must appear in public AND BE PHOTOGRAPHED with a woman whose appalling lack of fashion sense and absolute inability to match her appearance and comportment to any occasion make her the embodiment of humiliation.

P.S. Reading Cassy Fiano at Right Wing News reminded me that Michelle Obama’s fashion color palette usually runs the gamut from black to black — she almost always looks like she’s on her way to a funeral. What was it about THIS ceremony that so brightened her mood and her ensemble?

P.P.S. Interesting News Items interviews Michelle Obama’s favorite fashion designer: “What is fashion but the desire to make the rich pay a fortune for looking like street people with good teeth?” Do read the whole thing here.

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  • MVH

    Hi there! I came to your site through GateWay Pundit and Pundit & Pundette.
    Wow it’s really a pretty fair post. That point you made about the First Lady usually wearing somber clothes in her appearances and then she wears this bright-colored frock to this solemn ceremony is just right on. Your right: What is it that “…so brightened her mood and her ensemble?” What, indeed?

  • apodoca

    MO likes to wear big-eyed cloth. So she generally looks like a walking curtain or a couch. I’ve long thought, and have never bitten my lip to say, that all MO’s taste is in her mouth. Nevertheless, I fail to see what anybody is worked up about since both Obamas tend to use dress as a metaphor for their disdain for America and her institutions. Both MO and BO are deliberately undermining the prestige of the POTUS. Think of how many times you’ve seen him in shirt-sleeves and tie-less—even in the Oval Office. Obama has no respect for the office of the POTUS and his dressing down exhibits it. In this case, consider MO’s garish cocktail garb as the sly finger that Obama gave to Hillary. His constituents understand what Michelle’s dress is saying, in the same way they understood what that sly finger, the brush off of the shoulder, and the nasty Jay-Z ditty “I got 99 problems but a bitch ain’t one.” But America asked for this when a majority elected (maybe with ACORN’s help) BO.

  • Red

    It’s been open season on Mushell over at my blog since the beginning. I did remove one post taunting her as ‘Blackie O’ because a couple of folks found my use of the word ‘blackie’ derogatory but I meant it as a play on the name Jackie O since the media wanted to crown her as the second coming of Jacquelyn Onassis. There were photographic comparisons and I kid you not, she had the same hairstyle, the same black shell, and the same mikimoto strand of pearls (probably a knock-off). The major difference is that she had that typical sour lemon look on her face and it looked like she needed a good powder. I really wasn’t sure where they were coming from as I explained that it was parody, not ‘black-face’ in type but I acquiesced. Lady M gives us all so many opportunities to call her out on her atrocious fashion selections and for this particular occasion you nailed it. What exactly is her problem other than perhaps abject disdain for America’s middle class and it’s sons and daughters who serve in our military? You have to know the military personnel were probably less than thrilled at the prospect of standing at attention for the FAUXTUS and his bitchy wife.
    .-= Red´s last blog ..FMJRA Saturday : Now With Extra Gross 😛 =-.

  • sybilll

    Cynthia, thanks for the tip to the Green Room. Luckily I had already finished my coffee when I read this stitch busting entry: “She looks like Eddie Van Halen’s guitar.” I, too, have refrained on her choice of dress, but this just screamed of disdain if nothing else.

  • Cynthia, I totally agree. I am not a clothes person, and I give tons of leeway on stuff like that, I’ve never faulted her before. But this was like thumbing her nose. It was so disrespectful, I can’t believe it got past everybody. I don’t understand where she was coming from that she thought it was ok to wear this floozy number to a posthumous medal of honor ceremony. So disrespectful. Not right.
    .-= Rosita the Prole´s last blog ..Here Are Some Photos of Images the Internet Collective Conscious Deems “Granny.” Just to Give an Idea of Who It Is Newsweek Is Talking About Killing. =-.

  • No one that Michelle and Obambi care about thinks their dress is inappropriate. In their entire circle of friends and coworkers, the closest thing to military heroism anyone has shown is the Ayers crowd trying to bomb Fort Dix.

    Respect the sacrifice of SFC Monti? To that couple, he was the enemy. It would have been a far better thing for Obambi and Michelle to have passed and let the Army’s Chief of Staff or the CentCom award the medal.

  • Attmay

    When did Heinz Ketchup start making women’s dresses?

  • Stinky

    First of all, just reading the title of this post almost made me pee myself. And then I read the post and almost had to run for the bathroom.

    I agree. I may not like how a lot of women in politics dress, but I absolutely refused to go down the path of criticizing their apearance, finding it appallingly sexist. The nasty comments about how the Palins dressed, coming from so-called feminists, further alienated me from the democratic party. And when I saw some of the garish clothing that MO wore on her Great British Vacation, my jaw dropped, but I kept quiet.

    Then I saw her in this getup, at a Medal of Honor Ceremony, looking like our old patio furniture and for all the world like she was going to a weekly meeting of Ladies Who Do Lunch. And something snapped. Contributing to that snap was the ridiculous, unending, uncritical adulation surrounding her.

  • Stinky

    Oh, dear. And then there’s this post over at Tammy Bruce’s blog:

    http://tammybruce.com/2009/09/is-it-just-me.html

  • Darrell

    Notice the subliminal faces hidden in the dress? (For example, on the right upper thigh.) It’s some sort of antiwar/people’s revolution piece, with the red signifying blood. And as such, is totally inappropriate for the occasion. But quite honestly reflective of Michelle’s viewpoint. Someone has to represent the opposing faction: Not a single enemy combatant was invited to the ceremony. Maybe that will change if these characters stay around a few more years.

  • Norma

    Finally, someone who feels the same way I do about Michelle Obama’s lack of style, class and dignity as she represents the title of First Lady. Just when I think that I am shock-proof from seeing her unbelievable choices of outfits, here she comes with another “jaw-dropper”. First of all, does she even understand who she is now and where she is living? Did she ever look at what Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, Barbara Bush, Nancy Reagan, Rosalyn Carter and Betty Ford wore in the White House? Has she ever heard of a tailored suit or maybe wearing a dark color during a somber occasion……. and just maybe buying a sweater that is not two sizes too small?

    The majority of her ensembles looks as though she went through her neighbor’s closet, a teeny-bopper store, and the Goodwill. (Excuse me, I mean no insult to Goodwill) I have been absolutely appalled at her fashion choices while representing our country. Honestly, I think it’s her own little way of showing disrepect for who she represents. I cannot imagine a Princeton-educated lawyer who has been the wife of a Senator before being First Lady and someone who was a high-ranking employee making six figures……I cannot imagine that she has not figured things out, especially the “what not to wear” part. I think the show “What Not to Wear” needs to pay a visit to the White House.

    The wrinkled shorts ensemble at the Grand Canyon and the hideous tight jeans and ruffled shirt disaster in Europe was beyond embarrassing. I can only imagine what the Queen of England must think when she sees her in these sloppy, ill-fitting clothes. If Jackie Kennedy could see what we see, she would probably faint from shock and disdain.

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