- 8/12, "Royal Treatment for the First Lady: Obama claims working class roots, but her lifestyle is luxury," NY Daily News by Andrea Tantaros
- Her carefully crafted image as "everywoman" was blown.
- First it was a private, mother-daughter trip that press secretary Robert Gibbs refused to comment on.
Then, the White House said she was paying for most of the trip, but that the
- taxpayers would pay for some of it because she'd be meeting with the King and Queen of Spain.
- The East Wing's final justification was that the First Lady traveled to Spain to comfort a friend who'd lost her husband.
The spin revealed that the White House had a public relations problem: After attempting to further the notion that she was just the woman next door, it couldn't help that the First Lady looked positively royal. That only cemented the suspicion that
- she is far fancier and higher maintenance than she, or her handlers, would like us to believe.
"The First Lady is doing her part - and then some - to be an ambassador of total glam when she travels.
- Glamour magazine asked.
I don't know about Glamour's perception of now, but currently 14.6 million people are unemployed. Now is a time when people are losing their homes.
- Now should be an era of restraint, a time to spread the wealth around,
- according to the First Lady's spouse.
The backlash from her vacation also showcased an antithesis to the story line of moderation and
- humble roots that Michelle Obama has sought to perpetuate.
- she stepped out in $540 Lanvin sneakers to volunteer at a food bank.
- The disconnect was obvious.
In April 2007, she told a crowd that "my life now is not really that much different from many of yours. Every woman that I know, regardless of race, education, income, background, political affiliation,
- is struggling to keep her head above water."
Staying above water on the luxurious Costa del Sol junket must have been a real challenge. And now, while we eat cake, she eats her words.
- Fashion magazines have long displayed two competing theories in their profiles on the First Lady.
While they're more than willing to advance the narrative that she's just a down-home gal, some
- can't help but play up her penchant for the highlife,
Andre Leon Talley, an editor for Vogue, wrote after the 2008 election, "She almost seems like any other mom recently relocated to a city because of her husband's new job."
Oprah Winfrey has said Obama is "bringing a sense of connection and accessibility to that position that no nation has ever witnessed."
- That's what they wanted the country to think.
Spain, however, revealed the reality: Obama isn't an average mom and wife,
- and she doesn't think so of herself, either.
That's why the Marie Antoinette comparison is apt: The trip evokes a similar contempt for the plebeians.
- We might expect such detachment from celebrities, but not public servants. A leader shouldn't be living like a monarch when the rest of the country feels like paupers.
At least Antoinette was being candid about it. Now it's the First Lady's turn."...
- via Lucianne.com