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Michelle Shows Some Skin

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Ronda Kaysen: Michelle Obama might spend her days doling out lunches at local soup kitchens, but it's her svelte arms that get all the attention.

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In case you missed bicep-gate, I'll fill you in. Michelle has a penchant for sleeveless dresses and no one can look away. She graced the cover of Vogue and People in sleeveless ensembles. When Barack Obama gave his first speech before Congress, Michelle cheered him on in a sleeveless purple shift. One Republican congressman whispered "babe" to another GOPer when he saw her. But what really set the pundits off was Michelle's official White House photo, which was released on Sunday. She wore a black sleeveless dress with a string of pearls. Her early morning workouts are doing the trick.

Maureen Dowd was so smitten that she dedicated her latest New York Times column to the First Lady's upper arms.

"Let's face it: The only bracing symbol of American strength right now is the image of Michelle Obama's sculpted biceps," Dowd wrote. "Her husband urges bold action, but it is Michelle who looks as though she could easily wind up and punch out Rush Limbaugh, Bernie Madoff and all the corporate creeps who ripped off America."

Not everyone loves the look, though. Fellow Times columnist David Brooks told Dowd, "She's made her point. Now she should put away Thunder and Lightning."

Sandra McElwaine wrote last week on The Daily Beast, "Someone should tell Michelle to mix up her wardrobe and cover up from time to time."

Boston Herald columnist Lauren Beckham Falcone wrote, "It's February. Going sleeveless in subzero temperature is just showing off. All due respect."

You'd think with the economy in the toilet and the country still at war, we'd have other things to talk about, but not so. The fashion police are out in force and they are not to be stopped.

At least some news sources are here to help. CNN offered tips on how we can all have Michelle's fabulous arms. The short answer: lose weight and work out often.

The Huffington Post took a trip down First Lady skin lane. No, Michelle is not the first to show a little skin. Jackie Kennedy, the First Fashionista, loved the sleeveless look and Mamie Eisenhower posed for her official portrait sleeveless, too.

I can't help but wonder why all the pundits seem to care so much. Given the state of the economy today, you'd think they'd be grateful Michelle is saving money on fabric.

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7 comments so far | Post a comment now
GIVE ME A BREAK March 11, 2009, 9:42 AM

Why do we care if this woman shows some skin? Good for her.We need to focus on our country and this mess we’re in instead of the first ladies arms.Hey Michelle help your husband figure out what to do about all the mess this great goverment has gotten us into instead of working on your forearms,we’re paying your family a million a year.Stop giving away our tax dollars to banks and car makers,they should have plenty for what they charge us for cars and loans.Hey news media cover something that really matters,like how our president would rather give banks and car makers our hard earned money instead of helping our homeless and children. And Oh by the way love the 7,000 dollar play set you bought your children, glad you could afford it.

george March 12, 2009, 2:27 AM

Oh please show us LESS skin
She is hideous. It’s the first time i am ashamed of my first lady

funkbox March 12, 2009, 5:57 PM

Who cares!

Danielle March 13, 2009, 10:02 PM

She looks like a hooker, not a first lady. Her arms are abnormally long, one would think you’d want to cover them up?

Lakwanza March 24, 2009, 9:05 PM

She has got arms like a man. Please put some J Crew long sleeves over them and act like a First Lady. You are not a Ho on the street corners of Chicago. I know you went to a Public Elementary and High School in Chicago, but have some modesty. What are you trying to prove? Are you trying to show you are better built than your man?

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