Mrs. Obama is ProChoice, Except for Schools, Lunches — UPDATED

irst Lady Michelle Obama talks to Head Start students during lunch as she visits New Hampshire Estates Elementary School on May 19, 2010 in Silver Spring, Maryland. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Look, I am not a big detractor of Michelle Obama. I mostly like her fashion choices, and I think her mission to encourage garden growing and healthy food choices is, on its face, an excellent focus for a First Lady, and something I can really get behind.And yet, for a woman who possesses (as she often notes) degrees from Princeton and Harvard Law, Mrs. Obama's arguments for her cause are clumsily executed, specious, and (one hopes) unintentionally insulting. Her school lunch program needs an … [Read more...]

Michelle’s #Bowdown Dress an Overrated Rare Mis-step

President Obama And First Lady Welcome French President  Hollande To The White House

Regular readers know that while I generally wear rags, myself, I love fashion and sometimes write on it. When it comes to first ladies, I think Michelle Obama nails it more often than blows it, but I honestly am not getting all the media-gasping #bowdown fuss caused by this black and blue Carolina Herrera-designed gown she wore at last night's State Dinner.Bowdown-worthy? I don't think so. The gown is nice enough, I guess; it doesn't look comfortable, though. The skirt looks stiff and … [Read more...]

The Subtleties of Biased Emphasis – UPDATE

Just ran out for a Chai Tea Latte (and to get away from the noise of the non-stop leaf-blowers, around here) and heard this on the radio:"Mitt Romney is in New York (blah blah) to attend three fund-raisers where he'll get to meet some supporters (blah blah) paying $2,500 a plate (blah blah) and others on Park Avenue."On paper, it looks like the most innocent news report ever generated, doesn't it?Over the airways, with the newsreader's emphasis, what came through was"Mitt … [Read more...]

Apparently National Buildings Are Warm

I was grousing below about--among other things--being cold in my house as we try to keep the energy bills down.Then I saw this picture of our First Lady, Michelle Obama, wearing a killer vintage dress she got at a thrift shop for a couple grand:Now, I don't begrudge anyone who wants to wear one of those classic, elegant, full-skirted, Grace Kellyesque creations from the 1950's, and it looks wonderful on Mrs. O. But as I sit here wearing heavy socks, long sleeves and a shawl, I can't help … [Read more...]

The Best & Brightest Need to Vacate

Well, for sure, Mrs. Obama will never go back to her life, as usual. Apparently there are two more vacations scheduled before September, next weekend's overnight "somewhere" at Florida's Gulf coast, and then 10 days at Martha's Vineyard.I don't begrudge anyone a vacation, especially not to Martha's Vineyard, which I hear is great. But as reports suggest that coverage of the First Lady's 5 days in Spain could have generated about a billion dollars to the economy of that nation, I wonder if … [Read more...]

Newsweek's Poisoned Apple? – UPDATED

Ever since Newsweek's Evan Thomas admitted "of course we want John Kerry to win," and that the press would be able to give Kerry a "10-15%" boost," in poll numbers, I've had no time for the magazine; I miss nothing, as it has lately become a very, very thin weekly homage to Barack Obama.But this is interesting. Was this done on purpose? Who at Newsweek thought that inserting an image of -who is that, Karl Marx? Charles Darwin?- into the apple was a good idea? Was it meant to embarrass the … [Read more...]

Beautiful and Well Played Mrs. O

I love, love, LOVE this dress on Michelle Obama. It is beautifully designed, flattering, elegant and effortless-looking.Michelle Obama wearing Naeem Khan, AP Photo Susan WalshAnd Mrs. Obama's posture, which sometimes seems a bit slouchy, is perfect. She makes an altogether superb picture as First Lady. Downright regal.I know the gaga press considers everything she wears to be perfect, but Michelle Obama has been hit-and-miss, to me.This is a hit; a very palpable hit!And I … [Read more...]

Palin Press: Putzes in Print

Love Sarah Palin or not, one has to admit the press is so undone by her that they are both aggressive and passive-aggressive in their hate, and they betray themselves continually in all sorts of ways. They betray their snobbism; they betray their spitefulness, and most emphatically, they betray the fact that our "fourth estate" is populated mostly by perpetual adolescents.Our press, with a few exceptions, is largely made up of people who, at age 14, decided they were sophisticates who knew … [Read more...]

Driscoll vs NY Times & other fun things

This is really very good. Head over to Pajamas Media and take a look at Ed Driscoll laying out how hap-hap-happy the NY Times has always been to celebrate the state, and statism.I do love to see alternative media bite the ankles of the media establishment, particularly these days, when a paper like the Washington Post can publish something as lazy, cliche-ridden and vapid as this so-called "review" call it "journalism."But I'm just in a cranky mood about that execrable "review" and the fact … [Read more...]

Hamburger Politics? UPDATE

So, Michelle Obama took the girls out for a hamburger, fries and shakes yesterday.I've had probably ten people email me saying, one way or another, "how nice that Michelle's girls get to eat hamburgers while the country gets lectured about how it needs to eat better," or "if they get blocked arteries, will Obamacare cover them or blame them for eating red meat?"I understand their points. Having the White House carry on about obesity in children and poor eating habits, and then take the kids … [Read more...]