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Michelle Obama: Looking good
Miami Herald ^ | July 20, 2009 | Susan Estrich

Posted on 07/20/2009 7:42:02 AM PDT by IbJensen

Was that a $5,000 VBH alligator clutch that Michelle Obama was carrying in Italy? So the company bragged, absolutely certain it was theirs, until the White House responded that it was not the alligator but the patent, an $875 VBH clutch and not the more expensive model.

To be honest, I didn't even know what VBH was until I saw the headlines about the $5,000 one Michelle wasn't carrying. I love handbags as much as the next girl, but I could never get my head around the idea of spending that kind of money on something that is bound to end up with ink stains. But if Michelle wants to spend hers, more power to her. If she wants to wear $540 sneakers (Lanvin, a ''cult'' item that is bound to end up in one of my local resale stores), I say go for it.

She is not going to solve the recession by wearing Keds. She wears enough clothes from Gap and J.Crew to make the point that looking great doesn't have to be über-expensive (although the things she manages to find at those places never seem to be there when I am), and that half the fun of fashion is figuring out how to copy high-style for less.

What Michelle Obama projects, with her bright colors, body-conscious clothes and keen sense of style, is a woman at her best, looking great, feeling great, being great, full of life, celebrating her country and her family and, yes, herself. The White House was quick to say the bag didn't cost $5,000, but it was still what my mother would have called a very, very good bag, and the first lady didn't apologize for that. Why should she?

She's not 22. She's a grown woman who hasn't faded to beige or placed herself in the background, who isn't embarrassed that she doesn't look 17, who (by all reports) doesn't hate her hips or hide her rear or ask whether the dress makes her look fat before she lets herself like it.

If that isn't a role model, what is?

The other day, I ran into a woman I know who has done very well professionally. I hadn't seen her in a while, and somehow I was taken aback. She looked the way she always had, only worse. I laugh when I see young women trying so (too) hard, because the truth is that when you're young, it's easy. The woman I ran into got to where she is, at least in part, by not getting trapped by the beauty thing.

On the other hand, she was long past the point where she needed to use or hide her sexuality. Now middle-age, she's become one of those women that other women can't look at for five minutes without wanting to do a makeover and wondering why she hasn't. Is she really happy this way? More power to her, but I want younger women to know it doesn't have to be that way.

Michelle is middle-age, too. You can be powerful and beautiful. You can be passionate about politics and clutch bags; you can do your best for your country and look your best while you do. You deserve the sneakers -- if not the Lanvin ones, then ones that make you feel just as good. And we should all ditch black for yellow. Especially in a recession.

Go Michelle.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
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...she's become one of those women that other women can't look at for five minutes without wanting to do a makeover and wondering why she hasn't.

A bag of bones, a shank of hair....

1 posted on 07/20/2009 7:42:02 AM PDT by IbJensen
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To: IbJensen

Michelle Obama, at her very best, is what Rodney Dangerfield call a “two bagger”. You wear a bag over your head in case the bag over her head breaks.


2 posted on 07/20/2009 7:45:34 AM PDT by LeonardFMason
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To: IbJensen

Wonder if Michelle is losing her hair from all the stress. Or if any of her children are getting molested my Alex Rodriguez at Yankee stadium. Or if she used any campaign money to buy clothes. Or if any of them were illegal gifts. Or if she bans books at home.....so many questions left unanswered.


3 posted on 07/20/2009 7:45:42 AM PDT by Always Right (Obama: more arrogant than Bill Clinton, more naive than Jimmy Carter, and more liberal than LBJ.)
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To: IbJensen
Puking Smiley
4 posted on 07/20/2009 7:46:41 AM PDT by ravingnutter
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To: IbJensen

Seriously, we have to have a BARF ALERT on this stuff...


6 posted on 07/20/2009 7:46:54 AM PDT by jessduntno ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction." - Ronald Reagan)
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To: IbJensen

To Estrich any woman would look good compared to herself.


7 posted on 07/20/2009 7:46:56 AM PDT by Piquaboy (Military veteran of 22 years in Navy, Air Force, and Army.)
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To: IbJensen

Susan complements Michelle is a way no woman would ever want to be complemented.


8 posted on 07/20/2009 7:47:06 AM PDT by keats5 (Not all of us are hypnotized.)
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To: IbJensen

Gee. Another adoring puff-piece on Aunt Esther. Throw it on the pile.


10 posted on 07/20/2009 7:48:47 AM PDT by kromike
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To: LeonardFMason

That’s a “triple bagger” — one for your head, one for hers and one for the dog so he doesn’t howl.


11 posted on 07/20/2009 7:49:16 AM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (GOP: Stop listening, start doing -- we need new leaders!)
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To: IbJensen

circus sasquatch


12 posted on 07/20/2009 7:49:27 AM PDT by ebshumidors
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To: IbJensen

“... the first lady didn’t apologize for that. Why should she?”

Do the words taxpayer money mean anything?


13 posted on 07/20/2009 7:50:15 AM PDT by Outlaw Woman (The Light at the end of the Tunnel, is the Headlamp of an Oncoming Train)
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To: IbJensen

Susan Estrich has not, either, gotten ‘trapped by the beauty thing.’ This is something to be proud of?


14 posted on 07/20/2009 7:51:24 AM PDT by bboop (obama, little o, not a Real God)
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To: Piquaboy

Susan Estrich is a woman? Who knew...?


15 posted on 07/20/2009 7:51:34 AM PDT by mrmeyer ("When brute force is on the march, compromise is the red carpet." Ayn Rand)
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16 posted on 07/20/2009 7:51:47 AM PDT by fso301
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To: IbJensen
Michelle Obama: Looking good


17 posted on 07/20/2009 7:52:17 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (http://www.conservatives4palin.com/)
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To: IbJensen

She friggin looks like Mr. Ed. Wilbur, your horse is missing. Is she off on Air Horse one shopping again?


18 posted on 07/20/2009 7:52:23 AM PDT by shankbear (Al-Qaeda grew while Monica blew)
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To: GOP_Lady

Ping.

Please remember to add the barf alert. ;)


19 posted on 07/20/2009 7:52:37 AM PDT by iceskater (Michelle Obama to America - "Let them wear Keds!")
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To: IbJensen

Susan Estrich writes about some other woman looking bad and needing a make-over? OMG


20 posted on 07/20/2009 7:52:47 AM PDT by ladyjane
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She is not going to solve the recession by wearing Keds.

Ms. Estrich must have seen my tagline. :D

21 posted on 07/20/2009 7:53:21 AM PDT by iceskater (Michelle Obama to America - "Let them wear Keds!")
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To: IbJensen
Michelle Obama: Looking good

On whose nickel...?

22 posted on 07/20/2009 7:53:22 AM PDT by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: IbJensen; nutmeg; maggief; Auntie Mame
FLOFUS (First Lady of Fashion) Ping!


23 posted on 07/20/2009 7:53:54 AM PDT by NautiNurse (Obama: A day without TOTUS is like a day without sunshine)
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To: LeonardFMason

We used to call it “Double-Coyote” ugly.

Coyote ugly is where you wake up with her asleep on your arm, and you chew your arm off to escape rather than wake her up.

Double-Coyote ugly is when you have escaped, you chew your other arm off, because you know she’ll be looking for a one-armed man.


24 posted on 07/20/2009 7:54:05 AM PDT by SpinnerWebb (mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves)
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To: IbJensen
If she wants to wear $540 sneakers (Lanvin, a ''cult'' item that is bound to end up in one of my local resale stores), I say go for it.
And, as she's shown, those $540 sneakers are especially appropriate to wear while volunteering at a homeless shelter.
25 posted on 07/20/2009 7:54:10 AM PDT by Bob
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To: IbJensen

Don’t hate her because she’s beautiful.../s


26 posted on 07/20/2009 7:54:25 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: mewzilla
Michelle Obama: Looking good

On whose nickel...?

Honey, there aren't enough nickels in the world....

27 posted on 07/20/2009 7:54:57 AM PDT by iceskater (Michelle Obama to America - "Let them wear Keds!")
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To: NautiNurse

All true, but sometimes she looks good.


28 posted on 07/20/2009 7:55:09 AM PDT by Patriotic1 (Dic mihi solum facta, domina - Just the facts, ma'am)
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To: IbJensen
From article: The woman I ran into got to where she is, at least in part, by not getting trapped by the beauty thing.

This "beauty thing" is something that Susan E. never has to worry about.

29 posted on 07/20/2009 7:55:31 AM PDT by vox_freedom (America is being tested as never before in its history. God help us.)
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To: iceskater

Isn’t MO an automatic barf alert??...:o)


30 posted on 07/20/2009 7:55:34 AM PDT by Niteflyr ("Just because something is free doesn't mean it's good for you".)
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To: Niteflyr

You’d think....


31 posted on 07/20/2009 7:56:00 AM PDT by iceskater (Michelle Obama to America - "Let them wear Keds!")
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...who (by all reports) doesn't hate her hips or hide her rear...

Not gonna go there. Wouldn't be prudent!

:^)

32 posted on 07/20/2009 7:56:17 AM PDT by McGruff (If I die, I die.)
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To: Patriotic1

Very rarely. And I wonder if she isn’t medicated on those days.


33 posted on 07/20/2009 7:57:32 AM PDT by iceskater (Michelle Obama to America - "Let them wear Keds!")
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34 posted on 07/20/2009 7:57:34 AM PDT by libh8er
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To: IbJensen

Our Loveliest First Lady.

35 posted on 07/20/2009 7:57:53 AM PDT by IbJensen (If Catholics voted based upon the teachings of the church, there would be no abortion and no Obomba.)
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To: IbJensen

Susan is trying to “dumb down” what looking good is. Makes her moments in front of the mirror less of a nightmare.


36 posted on 07/20/2009 7:58:12 AM PDT by dforest (Who is the real Jim Thompson? I am.)
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To: mewzilla
5CFR2635.203
37 posted on 07/20/2009 7:58:17 AM PDT by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: Always Right

Yes to all.


38 posted on 07/20/2009 7:58:29 AM PDT by IbJensen (If Catholics voted based upon the teachings of the church, there would be no abortion and no Obomba.)
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See my reply #37 :)

If a Pubbie's missuz was sporting all this high end stuff, presstitutes would be all over who was paying how much for what.

39 posted on 07/20/2009 8:00:03 AM PDT by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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“She is not going to solve the recession by wearing Keds.”

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No, but since many of her subjects are struggling just to put food on the table, she could at least make the gesture to go for the less expensive items. After all, it’s those struggling subjects (taxpayers) who are footing the bill.

And what’s wrong with Keds? I’ve worn them. They’re comfortable. And they don’t cost $540.


40 posted on 07/20/2009 8:00:35 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: IbJensen
Yep, she's quite the dish...


41 posted on 07/20/2009 8:00:59 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Obamacare - it's to die for.)
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To: jessduntno

"Barack!"

42 posted on 07/20/2009 8:01:10 AM PDT by IbJensen (If Catholics voted based upon the teachings of the church, there would be no abortion and no Obomba.)
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Channel surfing the the other day the TV landed on Maxim’s 100 Hottest Women. I changed the Channel when they got to around 95 and Michelle Obama was named.


43 posted on 07/20/2009 8:02:36 AM PDT by Rebelbase (Obama--POtuS.)
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To: reagan_fanatic

Junk in the trunk!


44 posted on 07/20/2009 8:03:10 AM PDT by Rebelbase (Obama--POtuS.)
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To: SpinnerWebb

Her parents tied a pork chop around her neck just to get the dog to play with her.


45 posted on 07/20/2009 8:03:11 AM PDT by IbJensen (If Catholics voted based upon the teachings of the church, there would be no abortion and no Obomba.)
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46 posted on 07/20/2009 8:03:23 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: vox_freedom

“This “beauty thing” is something that Susan E. never has to worry about.”

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I think what bothers me most about her is her ever present condescension toward anyone who does not agree with her. That and that awful voice.


47 posted on 07/20/2009 8:04:04 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: iceskater

I’ll bet you’d like to have that butt full of nickles.


48 posted on 07/20/2009 8:04:09 AM PDT by IbJensen (If Catholics voted based upon the teachings of the church, there would be no abortion and no Obomba.)
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To: LeonardFMason

Michelle is a yeti with a nice handbag.

LQ


49 posted on 07/20/2009 8:05:00 AM PDT by LizardQueen (The world is not out to get you, except in the sense that the world is out to get everyone.)
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To: fatnotlazy
FWIW, I don't think it's so much about what she's wearing as it is who's paying for it.

Is the WH violating any ethics rules and/or tax laws?

Or is the First Lady for rent? Is she renting herself out as a human billboard? Which, if so, would be tacky in extremis.

Inquiring minds want to know :)

50 posted on 07/20/2009 8:06:29 AM PDT by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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