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.
"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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|Ronda Kaysen is a freelance writer. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, BusinessWeek.com, Architectural Record, Huffington Post, New York Observer and AM New York. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.|