Skip to comments.The Painful Irony of Michelle Obama's $12,000 Dress
Posted on 02/14/2014 12:30:29 PM PST by Kaslin
Earlier this week President Obama and the First Lady hosted French President Francois Hollande at the White House for an official state dinner. It was quite the affair with caviar, quail eggs, rib-eye and chocolate-malted ganache.
In case you don't remember, Hollande is a full blown French socialist who deeply believes the only way to help the poor is by demonizing and soaking the rich. Hollande is currently moving forward with his plan in France to tax millionaires 75 percent after receiving approval from a court. President Obama holds similar views and has repeatedly told the rich they need to "pay their fair share" so that the rest of us can have a fair shot at life.
But it's difficult to take these positions seriously when the people taking them engage in the very lifestyles they claim to abhor. Take for example Michelle Obama, who wore a $12,000 Carolina Herrera designer gown to the state dinner earlier this week. Just a few weeks before the dinner, President Obama argued income inequality is a major problem facing our America. CNSNews noticed the cost of her dress is more than the average household income worldwide.
The blue and black designer dress that first lady Michelle Obama wore to Tuesdays state dinner for the French president reportedly cost between $10,000 and $12,000, according to news media, which is more than the median annual household income worldwide of $9,733, and greater than the median income for households in at least 87 countries, according to data from Gallup.
Just before the dinner, Michelle Obama tweeted out this photo of her dogs at the dinner table dining on crystal and fancy china.
Bone appétit! pic.twitter.com/vuXRoKEnGY FLOTUS (@FLOTUS) February 11, 2014
When Michelle Obama walked out to greet the French President, the media swooned. NBC's Shawna Thomas declared "BOW DOWN!" on Twitter when she saw the dress.
HOLY CRAP LOOK AT THE FIRST LADY'S DRESS. #BOWDOWN Shawna Thomas (@ShawnaNBCNews) February 12, 2014
NBC is the same network that questioned Ann Romney for wearing a $900 designer shirt for an interview with CBS This Morning. The Romneys have donated more than $20 million to charity over their lifetimes and have worked for the majority of their lives in the private sector. The same cannot be said for the Obamas.
Here's my bottom line, I couldn't care less how much Michelle Obama's gown cost. I'd love for every woman to have the opportunity to wear a gown like that in her life. Designer clothes are expensive because of the work that goes into them and I'm happy Caroline Herrera got paid for the work she did. Herrera reaped the reward of having a First Lady wear her art and product thanks to hard work. The issue is the Obamas and President Hollande lecturing the rest of us about how much money we should make, how we spend our money and how much of our money they are entitled to. People like Hollande and the Obamas are either elitist hypocrites or they don't really believe in the socialist policies they preach about and implement for the rest of us.
Editor's note: This post has been updated.
That would be yes on both counts. Not an either/or question.
THey don’t really believe those “principles”. Every leftist redistribution scheme is designed to take from the productive, but not to necessarily give to the leeches. They only get a token of what’s left after the “socialists” have skimmed the best off the top. It’s not to enrich the “poor”, because that could be done much more efficiently than they’ve ever managed to, granting that they ever believed in it, which I don’t. It’s about impoverishing the productive middle class, and to their (the “redistributionists”) own benefit.
The Plebeians are too stupid to know whats happening to them.
1 IN 4 AMERICANS UNAWARE THAT EARTH CIRCLES SUN
Americans are enthusiastic about the promise of science but lack basic knowledge of it, with one in four unaware that the Earth revolves around the Sun, said a poll out Friday.
The survey included more than 2,200 people in the United States and was conducted by the National Science Foundation.
Ten questions about physical and biological science were on the quiz, and the average score — 6.5 correct — was barely a passing grade.
Just 74 percent of respondents knew that the Earth revolved around the Sun, according to the results released at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Chicago.
Government causes and takes advantage of such stupidity.
OMG....OMG.....OMG!!! Only STUPID people love these Obamas.
What is this #bowdown thing? It seems to have something to do with Beyonce.
Twitter confuses me.
Eh, that dress is OK, but it’s nothing to get over excited about. And why is a professional journalist using the word cr*p in her post?
Anybody can play dress up.
Doesn’t make either one of the Obamas classy.
That's a very nice dress -- quite flattering -- but I don't see $12,000 there.
And she probably threw it in the trash right after the dinner as no true elitest would dare be seeing wearing the same designer dress more than once.
Charity, or the required Mormon payments?
Mitt Romney is a temple Mormon, he is required to pay 10% of everything to his leaders and that is investigated every two years, and he is issued ID as proof of compliance, annually.
If Mitt, or Harry Reid, or Glenn Beck don't pay, then they cannot enter the temple and must worship among the lesser Mormons in plain buildings, they also lose their place in the after life, and can never become a God, as all three of them anticipate doing.
To be honest it is a nice dress, but the reason it is so expensive is because it is a designer dress. If you have the pattern, you could probably sow it $500 or less
I believe it was charitu
Yep. It's what I tell my kids: "Have you noticed that the longer these guys are in charge, the poorer we get, but the "poor" they claim to be "helping" NEVER get any "richer??"
I don’t know about sowing it, but I certainly could sew it!
Someone is missing their burqa.
Nope. She probably donated it to the future Obama presidential museum & took a huge tax write-off.
The only people getting richer are those that are decrying the wealth gap, ie, leftist politicians.
Mmmmmmm....now we know how Obama got himself squared w/ Michelle after the Mandela Memorial embarrasment. Looks like he bribed her w/ a state dinner and that Herrara dress she had been eyeing.....in order to get back in her good graces.
Actually the $12K dress is a drop in the bucket compared to what it costs taxpayers to subsidize the Obamas WH lifestyle. The Obamas are itinerant luxury-loving parasites, living high, greedily sucking at the public teat......(prolly wire-transferring a bundle offshore for a cushy retirement and to finance Mrs O's political ambitions).
NRO tallied what taxpayers are paying for M/M O to live large on the taxpayers' dime: a grand total of $1.4 billion per year: Air Force One ($181,757 per hour), executive chef ($100,000 per year), three full-time White House calligraphers ($277,050 per year for the trio), chief of staff to the presidents dog ($102,000 per year), Ohaha's royal motorcade ($2.2 million). $100 million alone for the African apology tour.
$1.4 BILLION is the current annual cost of the White House just in household expenses, not including US policy operations for which the WH exists-- administered by some 900 parasites--- policy staff recruited by Ohaha. There's the $100 million trip to Africa not including the foreign aid billions O handed out to these oil-rich satraps. There's serial Ohaha vacations costing taxpayers millions---- (the low estimate Hawaii vacays is $4 million each, but is probably five times that); the pricey Martha's Vineyard stays; Mrs O's costly trip to elite Marbella w/ an entourage of 30.
Mrs O's $3900 PER NIGHT in Ireland PLUS 30 more rooms for her entourage.
Ireland's Grace Kelly hotel suite.
TAXPAYERS SUFFERED RUINOUS HEALTHCARE CANCELLATIONS--BUT THEY PAY $7 MILLION FOR THE OBAMAS HEALTHCARE---NRO found the first familys yearly health-care costs Americans $7 million; the reason why only Boobamba himself was "enrolled" last month --and not his family.
Mrs O wore her pricey diamond bangles (bought on a govt salary?) at a DNC fund-raiser, attended by "tolerant and compassionate" Dems....raised big bucks to keep Mr O in office so he could work for "the poor." Her diamond Gothic cuff priced at $15,350 set with 2.17 carats in diamonds and the Quatrefoil bracelet at $11,800 set with 1.73 carats in diamonds. (Excerpt) Read more at houston.culturemap.com.
Mrs O wowed all the "tolerant and compassionate" Dems who hate the rich and support endless tax-paid programs "for the poor."
Mrs O has 24 assistants at her beck and call. Her
wardrobe, nails and hair pieces subsidized w/ tax dollars
of struggling Americans.
The left and the media have lost all credibility with me. They would have had a stroke over Barbara Bush doing the same thing. They are filthy hypocrites.
It didn’t look right, but since it is not a misspelled word it did not show up in my spellchecker
LOLOLOL! Easy to do.
You really think that bustle is flattering?
Many thanks for reviving that disastrous pic of Mrs O
when she bombed big time at the Oscars.
She was roundly criticized for her scary appearance at 2012's Oscar telecast---the buzz is that stars and moguls in the seats heaved a collective groan when she was beamed in on a large drop-down screen over Jack Nicholson's head.
Even more pointedly, post-Oscar stories left her out of "who wore what" red carpet reports---she used the same designer as one starlet but print and media reports omitted any mention of Moosh, or her glitzy dress (she was entertaining in the WH at the time and was surrounded by uniformed military guards).
LOYAL DEMOCRATS LIKE DONNY DEUTSCH WEIGHED IN: "As far as I'm concerned, she was an uninvited guest. Now what I mean by that is (as an advert guru), you have to give the consumer, the viewer, the ultimate respect. They tuned in to watch movie stars, to watch movies. And all of a sudden, politics is thrown at them."
"If I want to watch her on Jimmy Fallon, that's okay. But, (the Awards)---that was an intrusion, and I have a feeling that three out of four Americans -- Democrat or Republican -- don't want to see the First Lady (there). I think you have to respect your audience enough to not impose her, that's not a moment we're looking for there---the President or the First Lady," Deutsch said on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight."
DONNY CONTINUED: "....the tone of it, it was almost a monarch quality.....an elitist flavor to it. I was watching and going, 'huh?' and I'm a Democrat," Deutsch told host Piers Morgan. "I just thought it was very very tone deaf and I was really surprised they did it," Deutsch concluded.
If this keeps up, pretty soon the self-serving O's will be depicted as the new Juan and Evita (/snix) or maybe Nikolai and Elena.
One could even say Ohaha's using the "Argentina Strategy." He and his wife see themselves with unlimited power---employing military strongmen to keep we, the rabble, in check---while duping the worshipful media into thinking they are "humanitarians.
THIS SOUNDS FAMILIAR The Perons bankrupted Argentina, took savage, total power by confiscating money from the rich-----and letting Evita bestow the money on the poor, in numerous well-publicized "acts of charity."
Evita traveled around in luxurious designer fashions, furs and lavish jewels; she was infatuated w/ Hollywood. Reigning movie queen Lana Turner saw Evita adopt her look and hair styles--- and was alarmed when her jewelry was confiscated so that Evita could get it copied.
Let them eat boob belts.
I seem to recall a certain conservative women sometime around 2008 that was horribly trashed by “media” folks for the attire she wore.
That looks like a big time “hide the caboose” dress
You really think that’s a bustle?
Looks like Chewbaca in a dress.
I bet even Johnny could sew it!
That shirt looks like a shroud to a rocket!
Thanks to Obama’s socialist agenda the misery index record held by the Carter administration have been broken, making him the worst president ever in the U.S. Meanwhile Michelle dreams to be recognized as the American Marie Antoinette.
Michelle Antoinette Obama the First Lady the World has Been Waiting For
My interest was piqued upon seeing the large white letters in Vogue that said, Michelle Obama the First Lady the Worlds been Waiting For. I just had to see what the world was expecting and to find out what I might be overlooking.
I know that Barack fancies himself a global resident, but what does it mean to be a citizen of the world? Obamas view of global citizenship seems to [be] trans-national obligations on such things as income distribution, education, poverty, disease and violence
(Real Clear Politics, Obama a Citizen of the World, Robert Robb, July 30, 2008).
Obviously, these are all issues that need to be addressed by the global community and will be impacted by our example as a nation giving substance to our rhetoric. Michelle expressed, when speaking about Sasha and Malia in the Talley article, that she hopes, all kids will have a feeling that they are citizens of the world. I would imagine with a husband who is a global citizen and two transnational ingénue daughters, Michelle must view herself as a worldwide resident also.
There is a whole planet just waiting to be absorbed into the collective and who better than Barry and Michelle to welcome them in North, South, East and West with their populist, inner-city, fist-bumping, South Side of Chicago style attitude and especially attire. Who better to bring unity and parity to the world community than an approachable, commoner like Michelle Obama who has graced the pages of People magazines Best Dressed List, something that in India used magazine vendors can really relate to.
WP-Bible plugin 30,000 children die each day due to poverty and they die quietly in some of the poorest villages. This is a far cry from the $30,000 a year Sidwell School in Washington DC, world citizens Sasha and Malia attend daily, especially because nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names.
In the world that has been awaiting Michelle Obama, every second child lives in poverty and 640 million live without adequate shelter. I wonder if the worlds First Lady was thinking about that as she was waylaid in the Hay-Adams luxury hotel which, provides guests with exclusive Etro toiletries, custom Italian bed linens and bath towels, robes and slippers for both adults and children all at a globally affordable $1,000.00 per night?
And that's the funny bit. Carolina Herrera is very smart, talented, and hard-working; she creates beautiful stuff that women want, so she has built up a very lucrative business and can charge whatever she wants. That's called capitalism. It's the opposite of what the Obamas and Hollande believe in.
They seem to think that what they have right now they will never lose. But, just like a festering, bacteria-infested boil, it will have to be lanced at some point. And it will happen no matter how the media tries to convince us that there is no stink in the air.
Meanwhile, Moochie smugly dons her $12,000 designer dress with nary a care to the eventual demise.
Most of his “charity” is buying him the role of being a God in the after life.
“”As George Zornick reports (quoting Romneys trustee, Brad Malt), Over the entire 20-year period period [of 1990-2009, the Romneys gave to charity an average of 13.45 percent of their adjusted gross income. To be a Mormon in good standing one must donate 10 percent of ones gross income to the Mormon church. If Romney did so, that means he gave only 3.45 percent of his vast fortune to all other charities.
Finally, there is the question of whom Romney gives his money to. Business Insider ran the numbers: The answer appears to be primarily one organization: The Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints, more commonly known as the Mormon church. According to tax documents viewed by Business Insider, the vast majority of the money Mitt Romney gave away in 2009 and 201080 percent of itwent to the church.
The same holds true for 2011. As the McClatchy Newspapers noted: In 2011, the Romneys charitable cash contributions included $1.115 million to the Mormon church and $214,516 to Tyler Charitable Foundation, a Romney family foundation. The Romneys also claimed a deduction of $920,573 for noncash contributions that were not spelled out in a statement accompanying the return.
In other words, the Mormon church was the biggest recipient of the Romneys largesse. And what does the other main recipient every year, the Tyler Charitable Foundation, do? It makes up for shortcomings in Romneys donations to his church. According to the Daily Caller, Romney actually fell slightly short of the tithing requirement in 2009. But the Tyler Foundation gives to the Mormon church, and when you add in those contributions as Romney family money, they exceed the threshold. But that, in turn, is true only if you dont also count the foundations income from its investments as Romney family income. If you did, the Romneys would fall well below the tithing requirement.
Here, via Forbes, is a breakdown of where the Tyler Charitable Foundation has given the more than $7 million it doled out since 2000:
1. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints: $4,781,000
2. Brigham Young University: $525,000
3. The United Way: $177,000
4. Right to Play: $111,500
5. The George W. Bush Library: $100,000
6. Operation Kids: $85,000
7. Center For Treatment of Pediatric MS: $75,000
8. Harvard Business School: $70,000
9. City Year: $65,000
10. Deseret International: $50,000
Weber State University: $50,000
As you can see, the majority of the funding goes to the Mormon church. The second-biggest recipient is the Mormon university that Romney attended. Other recipients include Romneys former business school, and the library of the former president he has an incentive to curry favor with.””
“”In 2010, Mitt Romney took $3 million in charitable deductions on his tax return, against adjusted gross income of $22 million.
$1.5 million was a direct cash donation to the LDS Church
$1.5 million was a stock donation to the Romneys private foundation, which is called the Tyler Foundation. The Tyler Foundation, in turn, gave away $647,500 in 2010, of which $145,000 went to the church. (The Tyler Foundation is controlled by the Romneys, so any money the Tyler Foundation gives away is effectively money the Romneys are giving away)
In 2010, therefore, Romney gave third parties (other than his foundation) a total of $2.1 million, with a total of $1.7 million going to the church. 78 percent of Romneys donations in 2010, therefore, went to the church.
In 2009, meanwhile, Romneys private foundation gave away a total of $631,000. This was made up of four gifts:
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints ($600,000)
My Sisters Keeper ($5,000)
The Becket Fund ($25,000)
Mass General Hospital Cancer Center ($1,000)
In 2009, therefore, 95 percent of the money Romneys foundation gave away went to the church.””
You really need to get off your RDS.
That tent Moochelle wore was large enough to play a hockey game and invite 17,000 fans.