´Nobody disputes the quality of the First Lady´: President Obama pays loving tribute to wife Michelle as she appears in stunning red dress at the Inauguration Ball Daily Mail (UK), by Louise Boyle & Lydia Warren
With the formal portion of the day over, all that was left for President Obama and First Lady Michelle was to kick up their heels at the inauguration ball to celebrate his second term. The Obamas appeared on stage at the Washington Convention Center to wild cheering and thunderous applause from thousands of people. First Lady Michelle´s choice of dress was finally revealed - a dramatic, red chiffon and velvet gown by Jason Wu. The designer had also created her dress for the 2008 ball. Obama paid tribute to his wife saying that although he was often criticized
The only good thing about today has been my book sales have been doing pretty good. The book is based on Owebama and the conspiracies around him and.... oh yes! A friend of mine was on Glenn Beck´s show today and got a plug in for my website!
Beck was the only TV I could watch today. I couldn´t bear to even watch that man desecrate the Lincoln Bible.
That first pic made me think of Fred and Ginger. What is that weird thing she always does.with her mouth. It´s like she´s always pursing her lips. And we all got to see those famous arms. I´ve been depressed all day at the use of my tax dollars to fund these two and their lavish lifestyle. Remember how the New York Times criticized Bush for having an inaugural during a war? How about all the money spent this weekend and the economy stinks and people are hurting, yet not a peep from anyone at the NYT or anywhere else. I´m disgusted.
He wants to be so like Lincoln that he plagiarizes his speeches. Remember that Lincoln was President during the Civil War. May the outcome of Zippy´s War be different. OK all you NSA guys, figure that one out.
I´m less impressed with your armpits, Michelle. They need to be de-stretched, sweetie. Those marks come from muscling up in the gym and the associated skin expansion that occurs. Somebody should have advised you that it´s not an appropriate look unless you´re planning to scare horses in the parade.
As for the dress itself, it´s marginally elegant. You can only do so much - much depends on the wearer.
i guess you have to now define the word quality. it appears that it doesn´t mean the same to me as it does to the nyt. i don´t really care about michelle (may i call you michelle?) except that she exudes "no class." may she slide into the dustbin of history and grow wings on those precious arms of hers. am i being mean or what.
I don´t know how much of our money she spent on that new look but it´s wasted money. Her bangs should have been about a foot longer and I think she had botox in her cheeks. She´s still ugly inside and out. He is the most condescending phoney I have seen in a long time. Couldn´t even watch TV today. It was truly a funeral for our country.
I wish someone would train her how to walk and move in a ball gown. She lumbers and fights with the dress. And the video of her shoveling in the food at the banquet.....she looks like someone who never had a bite to eat. I just caught glimpses (and felt terribly sad and depressed). My country is gone and yesterday was not an inauguration of a U.S. President, but a crowning of a king.
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