Are You More Interested In Michelle Obama’s Fashion or Her Works?

Fri, May 8, 2009

Moms & Politics

What’s more important — whether FLOTUS Michelle Obama spends time with Congressional wives at a food bank to help feed the homeless or that she decided to break out her designer sneaks for the occasion?

The media have decided the real story was all about Michelle’s pricey shoes, not that she managed to get over 100 Congressional spouses to give their time to work at a food bank. Wearing something other than plain vanilla shoes while working at the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, D.C., according to so many news reports, suggested that there was hypocrisy at work — that it couldn’t be possible to do charitable work AND have on some snazzy attire at the same time.

The shoes got all the press while the fact that the First Lady of the United States, along with other politically connected wives were spending their day getting food ready for the hungry ended up as little more than a blip in the news cycle. I had to wonder, how did that tidbit of goodwill get buried under the fashion footwear story? And why?

The media have become obsessed with the fashion of Michelle Obama and now they have begun to use it as a way to critique her as a person, regardless of what she’s trying to bring attention to. In retrospect, I’m sure that Michelle is sad that she didn’t wear some ratty old pair of gym shoes to the food bank, though there is no doubt in my mind that Washington Post fashion writer Robin Givhan would have seen fit to skewer her for that as a fashion faux pas, as well.

Even the White House pool reports are chock full of questionable fashion details, including the report for this week’s event for Corporate Voices for Working Families:

FLOTUS wore a short-sleeved, floral-patterned blouse of red, purple, pink, peach and yellow with thick black trim around the shoulders and the edges of the sleeves. Underneath, she had on a soft purple camisole. The blouse was held closed by a six-inch light brown belt with gold studs. She wore black pants and black shoes. Information on designers was not immediately available.

Well, that’s too bad that information was “not immediately available,” because I know there are some of you who won’t sleep tonight if we don’t know whether Michelle Obama was wearing J. Crew or Isaac Mizrahi!

But really, isn’t it time to stop focusing on Michelle Obama’s fashions and spend a little more time looking at what she is doing to help the homeless and the hungry? Or have we all become a nation where Us Weekly and People magazines trump the news of actual works to help those in need?

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6 Responses to “Are You More Interested In Michelle Obama’s Fashion or Her Works?”

  1. Jeni Says:

    Yeah and the other night on the evening news, they made a big deal out of the fact that she was wearing an outfit to some place in New York I think it was that she had worn before. Now I wonder, if she chose to wear a different outfit to every single event she attends, if the media then would most likely be blasting away at how expensive her wardrobe choices are and that she is a “clothes tree” or some happy poppycock like that. Can’t please the media no how, can ya?

  2. StephLove Says:

    So sad. I think you’re right about Robin Givham, too. She can be downright mean.

  3. April Says:

    This just depresses me. Here we have an incredibly classy woman who is using her position to do non-controversial and yet still incredibly beneficial work and she’s still getting blasted.
    I suppose the good news is that this is the best they can come up with in terms of criticism of her!

  4. Becky Says:

    I had a different take on the speech at the Corporate Voices meeting:

  5. The Girl Revolution Says:

    Why do you have to BE poor to help the poor? I thought the point was to help the poor – it actually takes money to do that.

    I think the media needs to learn the definition of Hypocrisy.

    She’s not a nun who took the vow of poverty. She’s the First Lady.

    I have to say I’m a fan of her fashion though.

  6. Anonymous Says:


    The very BEST thing anybody, First Ladies included, can do for the poor:

    Is to NOT be one of them. Makes it much easier to help them.

    What WOULD’VE have been more appropo..? A dirty wife-beater, some tattered clam diggers, and $20skippies?

    I’m sure Michaelle’s having ONE BIG laugh at all the Haters’ expense — I know I am.


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