Saturday, April 18, 2009

The Woman Makes the Clothes

You know that expression--clothes make the man? Well, I believe where Michelle Obama is concerned, the expression should be--the woman makes the clothes.

It is so incredibly refreshing to see a wonderfully self-possessed common sense intelligent woman in the White House.

Recently, Essence magazine released their latest magazine with Michelle Obama, and her mother, gracing the cover. As she has before, Michelle is wearing an off-the-rack dress--in fact, a T*lbot's dress. Here is our nation's First Lady, wearing this store's clothing, presumably of her own volition. She is not wearing high-end designer labels that are loaned for a one-time use; she is wearing the kind of clothing many of us wear. T*lbot's--a store where I have been known to shop--should be thrilled.


So, when I was in T*lbot's the other day, I spied the dress. I had no intention of buying it (not my kind of dress), but it was fun to see it in the store. I mentioned something to the sales clerk about the Essence magazine cover photo. Well, she said, here it is--as she handed the magazine to me. Then, she continued, but I don't like the sweaters Michelle Obama chose to wear with the dress. The colors are off.

WHA. . .? You are kidding me. The First Lady wears your dress. She is on the cover of a national magazine. And you don't like her color choice for the accompanying sweaters? Puh-lease.

Anyway.

It has been fun catching the various news stories about the Obama family settling into a living routine in the nation's home. Michelle's incredible sense of the right thing to do--inviting members of a cooking class into the White House kitchen to watch the chefs at work; planting a garden with children; praising a group of young girls at a school in London--makes me catch my breath.

Add to these stories of the obvious fun President Obama seems to be having in the lighter moments of being president--helping children roll eggs on the White House lawn, running with the new first dog, Bo--and I am left with nothing but gratitude that at this moment, Obama is our president, and Michelle is his wife.

12 comments:

Anvilcloud said...

It's quite a contrast from ... before ...

NCmountainwoman said...

I agree whole-heartedly! I am even more impressed with President Obama's willingness to have open dialog with other countries. Imagine. Our President shaking hands with Hugo Chavez, and planning to meet with the Cuban officials. Imagine. Our President admitting that this country, like all other countries, may have made mistakes on occasion. This man is bringing American back into the family of nations.

possumlady said...

It certainly is refreshing. The rapid change can make your head spin at times. My education association has been the ugly step sister for 8 years. Now we are invited back to the table with my boss invited to meet with Secretary Duncan on numerous occasions.

I just get so upset over these morons (or maroons as Bugs Bunny would say)having their temper tantrum F#x Channel tea parties! Just an excuse to show their outrage that Bar@ck Ob@ma is our President.

Dog_geek said...

Well said! Feels like we are getting back on track, doesn't it?

Liza Lee Miller said...

For the first time in a long time, there is some pride in our presidency. It's such a relief!

Ruth said...

Michelle Obama sure was a hit in Britain and I think she stands out as a person more than a clothes horse. I think her White House garden is a great idea.

Jayne said...

Such a huge breath of fresh air... I adore her. Fully, absolutely adore her. :c)

Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

They are a strikingly attractive family,the kind of people you would enjoy having as friends and neighbours.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

You're one of the few people who seems to approve of Michelle Obama and the way she dresses. I read so many negative comments!

troutbirder said...

Great post and comments!!!

Susan Gets Native said...

I want to meet her. And HIM, for that matter!

They remind me of the Kennedy's.

RuthieJ said...

Ditto what Jayne said. I like that they seem like "regular people."