Whether it’s her ripped arms or his Dad jeans, the Obamas sure know how to attract attention with their wardrobe choices. The current maelstrom is focused on an entirely new presidential body part, though: the First Lady’s gams.
On a family vacation in the Grand Canyon, Michelle exited Air Force One with her family wearing shorts. That’s all. She didn’t cheat on her husband or lie about being a lawyer or kill anyone. She just wore a pair of shorts. Some outlets are calling them “short shorts.” Clearly these writers never knew me when I was in high school because, my friend, Obama’s shorts are not even in the same stratosphere as the Daisy Dukes I used to rock. The First Lady’s shorts hit about mid-thigh, and remember, she’s quite tall so if you put the same pair on Hillary Rodham Clinton, they might end just above her kneecaps.
As I sat down to blog about this, I heard from the TV, “And now, a firestorm of controversy is erupting over Michelle Obama’s SHORTS!” Matt Lauer began with, “I want to start the segment by saying, ‘This is crazy!’”[of the hype over her wardrobe choice.] (Poor Matt – two segments later he was introducing Nora the Piano-Playing Cat.)
He’s right. I mean, she wasn’t visiting Iraq representing the citizens of the US in peace talks; she was oohing and aahing over the massive hole in the ground with Sasha and Malia. And, as one correspondent on the Today Show pointed out, the First Lady was merely wearing what most women would wear while on a family vaycay in a hot locale. Lauer hit it on the head when he posited, “Should she have gotten off the plane in slacks and gone in a restroom in 106 degree heat and changed into shorts?...She’s on vacation!”
Check out Huffington Post’s photo gallery of her shorts here.
Taking the issue to a new, lower level, some people on Twitter are critiquing not only the fit of her outfit but insinuating that Obama was sporting some cellulite. (view the purported cellulite) I don’t Tweet but I looked up some comments, like “dburg_2002: Do you think Michelle Obama's outfits make her booty look big? Check out what she wore on vacation!” and “No1_4_cosmetics: RT @/dburg_2002 -Cellulite on Michelle Obama's legs? Check out why people are bashing the First Lady's fashion!” Sadly, snark will always thrive online.
I prefer to focus on the positive comments coming out of this. On HuffPo, “cupee” writes:
“If you are upset that the First Lady is wearing shorts it is probably because you can not wear shorts. Michelle Obama is in incredible shape, she is young and she is on vacation with her family, that's why she is wearing shorts. What's she supposed to wear a long wool skirt down to her ankles and a bonnet? The media is whacked out for even covering this ridiculous 'story.' Yeah, she has the right to bare both arms and legs AND she should be an advocate for healthy eating, exercise and stress management. . .start taking on the huge problem of obesity in this country.”
“Kirstjen Lorenz” snipes, “Shoulda worn a burqa. Personal freedom should certainly not apply to the first lady...”
“bluecollarblogger” quoted activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton, saying “’“Thus far, women have been the mere echoes of men. Our laws and constitutions, our creeds and codes, and the customs of social life are all of masculine origin. The true woman is as yet a dream of the future.’ Michelle Obama is a confident, intell[i]gent, accomplished woman who is a great example to our children and country. Thank goodness we now have someone in the white house which makes us feel included!”
Let Michelle Obama wear her shorts in peace. Every other woman in the nation does, and we sport far more fashion Don’ts than she does. She was enjoying a vacation. It was 106 degrees. She’s fit and tall and strong and looked great. Give. It. A Rest. God forbid Michelle is snapped wearing a bathing suit on Martha's Vineyard or all of our computers will explode with gossip.