* Bumped up *


Michelle Obama made a stunning appearance last night at the State Dinner for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife, Gursharan Kaur. The gown is beautiful. She is a striking image of both strength and grace. Our American Queen.

So what’s my problem?

I never like it much when commentators rip apart…figuratively, speaking…what movie stars wear to the Academy Awards ceremony. But this gown took 40 people working full time for three weeks to create? Oh, and they did it in India.

Yes, I get the connection. But I wonder what my friends who have been laid off from their long-term jobs think about such a spectacle? Specifically, I worry about a friend who had a high power job with a major computer company before they shipped her job off to India. She is now an inch away from being homeless.

But here is my main point. I recall during the campaign that Michelle Obama (and her husband) often warned how all Americans (and seemingly including themselves) must be prepared to sacrifice for the good of our country.

Examples (emphases mine):

We have lost the understanding that in a democracy, we have a mutual obligation to one another — that we cannot measure the greatness of our society by the strongest and richest of us, but we have to measure our greatness by the least of these. That we have to compromise and sacrifice for one another in order to get things done. That is why I am here, because Barack Obama is the only person in this who understands that. That before we can work on the problems, we have to fix our souls. Our souls are broken in this nation.

Most Americans don’t want much. They don’t want the whole pie. There are some who do, but most Americans feel blessed just being able to thrive a little bit. But that is becoming even more out of reach.

If we don’t wake up as a nation with a new kind of leadership…for how we want this country to work, then we won’t get universal health care. The truth is, in order to get things like universal health care and a revamped education system, then someone is going to have to give up a piece of their pie so that someone else can have more.

Well, Mrs. First Lady, we have sacrificed. We have only a few pie crust crumbs left on our plates. So, who is that “someone else” who can have more of the pie, thanks to our sacrifices? Would that be you?

  • Franklin

    I have tertiary syphilis.

  • greg

    I can’t believe taxpayer dollars are wasted on this nonsense. I hope someone audits her soon.

  • Peggy Sue

    Well, I still think Michelle looked stunning.

    However, there was a devastating article up at RBO, written by John Batchlor entitled, “Not the Joads at the White House” that speaks to the State dinner, the party crashers and the chilling aspect of the Dubai default.

    The article ends with:

    “Clinking glasses at a phony state dinner. Camera clicks at a prankish phony reception. Silent dread that Dubai World is our phony world, a cheat.”

    Not even Michelle’s dress can compete with that.

    Couldn’t bring the link up on my remote but scroll down the page. It’s worth a read.

    • i notice cnn(comedy num nuts) just can’t get enough of the gate crashers. i actually yelled at the tv today when that came on and scared the cat.

  • connie

    She shows she is not proud of America and anything America. Everytime I go shopping, I always look for Made In USA sign and I don’t care paring extra cents as long as it is made here. And this woman had her gown done outside the country! They represent America and American people and in a state dinner such a s this they should showcase American food, American way of doing things; yet, they tried hard to imitate the Indian culture. How abominable! They have no right to be there in the White House!All they do is spend, spend ,spend.

    • Silence Dogood

      One could argue there is deep seated hatred for her own country on a subconscious level if she failed to see the symbolism in the outsourcing.

  • mountainaires

    It’s a beautiful dress, and they certainly look like they think themselves the queen and king of America.

    There’s something mighty FREUDIAN about the fact that Michelle always seems to select GOLD fabrics/dresses/outfits.

    I’m sort of appalled by the incredible extravagance of this pair. They had their 18 foot Christmas tree delivered from Virginia to the white house via HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGE today.

    The image of that tree arriving in a horse-drawn carriage is really disgusting to me.

  • IndayHill

    IMO, the dress is very elegant and costly to be worned by the leader’s wife, when the country is suffering from domestic problems ignored by this leader.
    What is their clear message to the nation? EAT YOUR CRUMBS !

  • helenk

    this is the problem with the dress and dinner.
    I can see this used in a campaign against dems in the future




  • EWard

    It’s hard to give kudos to MO/BO when his policies are not only bankrupting the country but undermining and insulting our longtime allies. Even with this state visit, BO managed to bungle his remarks and suggest the Indian prime minister was fortunate to be honored by Obama’s first state dinner.

    I could care less what MO wears. It’s Obama’s lies to the nation, funneling taxpayer dollars to Acorn, promoting legislation favorable to SEIU interests (Cap & Trade, card check, health care and so on)….Andy Stern’s 22 visits to the Obama WH, silencing legitimate free speech…Tea Parties and Town Hall meetings.

    Obama’s poll numbers are plummeting because the rest of the nation realizes they elected a fraud.

  • basil

    ‘then someone is going to have to give up a piece of their pie so that someone else can have more.’

    Problem with Momo is she wants everyone to give their pie to HER so she can have moremoremore.

    40 people working for 4 weeks at let’s-be-generous-and-say $.25 an hour = $320.

    I’d say that’s slave labor, something Mo is supposed to be opposed to, not to mention the inordinate profits made by the non-American designer of let’s say $15,000 – $320 = $14680 meaning the designer made 387X the employees – on a par with dirty American capitalists,

    My big problem with momo is her hypocrisy.

  • connie

    There’s two things I would like to say, #1) the dress is beautiful and she looks great in it. She finally looks like a first lady instead of Mary Tyler Moore. #2) Barack looks very THIN in that picture. I can’t believe he has only lost 5 lbs. I guess its all that chain smoking!

    • lorac

      Somebody said that they could tell the photographer used a different lens for that picture – something that made them seem taller and thinner – to make MO’s middle area less – well, just “less”.

      And don’t bring poor MTM into it! I always liked her! She could light the room up with her smile! She could take a nothing day and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile!

      • beebop

        I know no one wants a “negative” MOMO comment, but one of the comments at WAPO was damn funny — why is Charles Barkley wearing a dress?

        I laughed so hard I woke the dog up!

        Seriously … if we can’t laugh what good are our tax dollars for since we’re paying for this dinner fiasco?

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  • candymarl

    To be fair I think Michelle looks very good in this gown. Her hairstyle is beautiful. One of the complaints about her has been how much she spends on clothes but frankly ends up looking well – terrible.

    In this case she truly looks elegant and very much like a first lady.

  • glennmcgahee

    Meechelle, wanted that dress so she got it. At least she had more to spend than last time when she complained that the stimulus money her household received, $600, would hardly pay for a pair of earings.
    On another note, the DNC guy who managed to give us the Obama nomination is a teabagger I guess:

    • jbjd

      Ha! In those states where then DNC Services Corporation general consel Joseph Sandler submitted the Certification of Nomination to election officials signed by Nancy Pelosi, swearing BO was Constitutionally qualified for the job so as to get his name printed on the ballot, before actually ascertaining whether this was true; we named Howard Dean, Chair of the Corporation, as the perpetrator of the fraud. (The lawyer works for the corporation.)