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April 08, 2009

Erasing Inequality Caption Contest

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This amused me.

You have to admit it's kind of a comical picture. If you're a newcomer to VC, you may not be familiar with my tiresome rules. Please stay away from anything that is mean on a personal level. Political jabs are OK - I just don't want to see some of the ugly stuff Laura Bush was subjected to.

Posted by Cassandra at April 8, 2009 04:18 PM

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You needn't worry, Cass. Mrs. Obama is a fine example of a modern American woman, and every bit the First Lady. Good looking, too.

Posted by: spd rdr at April 8, 2009 04:30 PM

Oh crap. Now I've painted my into the no-snark corner. There's only one thing left to do: come out swinging!

The UConn women's basketball team closed out their undefeated season last night when the Lady Huskies defeated the Ankle-Biters of Our Lady of the Short Bus by a score of 345-2 in double-overtime.

Posted by: spd rdr at April 8, 2009 04:41 PM

I know it makes it harder, spd. Height jokes are OK as long as they're not really nasty. I'm sure she knows she's tall.

I just didn't want to see anything really filthy. I've been kind of disgusted at some of the things I've seen out there :)

Posted by: The Dread Pirate Roberts at April 8, 2009 04:53 PM

So...

"My daughters have some clothes that they've grown out of that I'd be happy to send over."

Is okay?

Posted by: spd rdr at April 8, 2009 05:00 PM

Hmmmm......starting a new two year judging cycle for Caption Contests, I see. Good for you! Long term goals are a *good* thing to strive for, afterall.
heh

Posted by: Snarkammando at April 8, 2009 05:37 PM

"No, I never feel the need to apologize. What? Oh! You asked, 'Where's your sari?' My bad."

Posted by: MathMom at April 8, 2009 05:46 PM

...and as a comment on Mrs. Obama's acclaimed fashion sense, I believe that outfit should never be seen again. It should be wherever Mrs. Clinton's bumblebee outfit is. This woman is a fashion disaster.

Posted by: MathMom at April 8, 2009 05:48 PM

A representative from the Coalition for Equal Heights faction of the Lollipop Guild greats Dorothy in Villainous Company's recent production of "The Wiz"

Posted by: Yu-Ain Gonnano at April 8, 2009 06:17 PM

Yu-Ain Gonnano -

You're killing me! Priceless!

Posted by: MathMom at April 8, 2009 07:29 PM

"That's okay, you sound tall on the phone!"

Posted by: vet66 at April 8, 2009 07:55 PM

This woman is a fashion disaster.

I wouldn't go quite that far, but frankly I don't understand all the gaga journalism (the feminine version of HST's gonzo journalism) over her supposed "fashion sense".

As far as I can tell, she's a difficult woman to dress. She doesn't have a bad body at all, but she doesn't conform to the 'ideal' feminine form. She keeps trying to compensate for that by dressing in these kind of girly outfits. But she's small on top and curvy on the bottom. How much sense does it make (then) to wear form-fitting cardigans that look like they're a size or two too small and a circle skirt?

I think she'd look smashing in a form-fitted sheath dress, and she would also look nice in something kind of jersey and draped about the middle to show that she isn't fat and lend her the illusion of softness and curves. I don't know who's giving her the fashion advice, but I've seen her in outfits that flatter her and she can be very attractive (IMNSHO). But all too often she wears klundy outfits and then fails to stand up straight.

It's a shame.

Posted by: Cassandra at April 8, 2009 08:57 PM

That shade of blue is nice on her, actually. I like her in bright colors.

It's the proportion that's all wrong, and the argyle pattern on the top only makes it smaller in relation to her skirt. She could have worn a more formfitting skirt and the sweater a size larger and she would have looked great.

Posted by: Cassandra at April 8, 2009 09:00 PM

"You know... my Barack is determined to set aside the failed policies of the past 8 years. He will make height inequality a thing of the past -- it's time for the tallest 5% to stop hoarding their ill-gotten altitude and share with the less fortunate."

Posted by: Cassandra at April 8, 2009 09:07 PM

One pill makes you larger and one pill makes you small...

Posted by: Red at April 8, 2009 09:31 PM

I agree with Cass that the blue skirt is a great color on Mrs. Obama. But it's a formal sort of fabric, and she tops it with fargin' argyle??? She needs to lose the sweater, put on a shimmering white v-necked blouse with a big, drapy ruffle and long, maybe sheer, sleeves. Counter the visual weight of the skirt, which hides her butt nicely, with extra fabric on top to make it look more balanced. And formal.

What's more, I've seen this outfit on her in another pic where she's evidently in a school room, and only one sleeve is argyle, the other is plain, while the opposite front panel is argyle and the one by the argyle sleeve is plain. In each picture she appears to have buttoned the thing wrong. Why not just let it hang open? And wear it with bluejeans, like God intended.

Wearing whatever that was for the Queen, it looked like a black skirt with a tank top. It might have been silk, who knows, but it photographed like an afterthought. What's wrong with a sparkly black jacket over the outfit?

She also wears outfits with a coordinated coat, but then only buttons the top button so it angles open, making it look like she can't close it because of her hips.

Hillary has a caboose that she has tried to cover for years, with monochrome pantsuits in light colors, which were cut very long. As a result, the horizontal line formed by the bottom of the jacket went right across the widest part, fairly shouting "look at my butt!" When she went to black slacks and jewel color jackets that were cut at high hip, she actually looked like a knockout to me. Mrs. Obama needs to do something like that - get some lapels up on top to counter the caboose, and lay off those weird sweaters. You wear sweaters like that when it's chilly in the house, not when you've just been elected to the presidency, or are representing the United States at formal gatherings around the world.

IMNSHO.

Posted by: MathMom at April 8, 2009 09:34 PM

She's definitely overdoing the cardigans :p

And I agree about the top - something with some breadth across the shoulders would have been lovely on her - she has the height to balance the width of the skirt and sleeves.

I like her in a sheath, but she never nips it in at the waist. Why not? When you're tall, a belt or darts help break the long line up.

Palin totally got the bright/pretty color top with dark skirt thing. If you aren't short-waisted, big busted, or just plain short, that's a hard combo to screw up. Looks good on most women.

Posted by: Cassandra at April 8, 2009 09:46 PM

...it's a formal sort of fabric, and she tops it with fargin' argyle???

The fashion sense, again :p

Seriously, I don't hate the outfit but it was edgy. Very edgy. Other than the color, it doesn't do anything for her and I don't think she's a bad looking woman by any means.

Posted by: Cassandra at April 8, 2009 09:48 PM

Also, what is with the evening fabrics for daytime wear? (sequins, taffeta)

It just seems like trying too hard. I liked her Vogue cover photo. She looked elegant, classic and composed.

Posted by: Cassandra at April 8, 2009 09:50 PM

Hey Michelle, Is it cold up there?

Posted by: Boquisucio at April 8, 2009 10:14 PM

"Why, yes -- my favorite rock group *is* The Clash! How did you guess?"

Posted by: BillT at April 9, 2009 12:43 AM

The cardigans - well, remember how the President got caught heating the White House to greenhouse/orchid levels after lecturing us on heat consumption? All this while the First Lady was busy with sleeveless tops in Washington winters?

Yes. Well, that's how you end up with non-flattering cardigans.

Posted by: airforcewife at April 9, 2009 07:49 AM

airforcewife -

Mrs. Obama wore a cardigan over that black widow dress she wore on election night, and I saw her wearing them a lot on the campaign trail. I think it's her idea of "what to wear", regardsless of the strangeness factor.

While googling for the election night dress I found an Ebony magazine cover. Now, this is more like it.

Posted by: MathMom at April 9, 2009 08:31 AM

...that's how you end up with non-flattering cardigans.

Well, that and the unfortunate incident at Balaclava during that Crimean unpleasantness.

I *told* Lucan to wait for the invention of helicopter gunships, but nooooooo...

Posted by: BillT7th Earl of Knitted Waistcoats at April 9, 2009 08:45 AM

"How's the weather up there?"

I didn't like the Vogue cover because of the headline for the pic. She was well dressed, but looked rather too contrived in the pose they used.
But then that's me.

Posted by: Cricket at April 9, 2009 09:35 AM

MathMom, I agree. She looks polished, poised and very pretty.

Posted by: Cricket at April 9, 2009 09:37 AM

You will be amazed at the growth you will see when my husband's stimulus package gets around to you.

Posted by: GunnyPink at April 9, 2009 09:38 AM

Cass, she probably doesn't nip the sheaths in at the waist because like most women, she is pear-shaped-smaller shoulders/bust and larger hips.
The cover of O magazine (where Oprah has her hands together in a meditative pose) shows Ms. Obama in an orange sheath with a yellow cardigan, and a clear vinyl or plastic belt. While the cardigan was *okay*, the belt had to go.

Posted by: Cricket at April 9, 2009 09:41 AM

Or it should have gone on UNDER the cardigan.

The date of the cover is March 6, 2009, and I found it at HuffPo.

Posted by: Cricket at April 9, 2009 09:45 AM

See what happens when I make a conscious decision not to watch the train wreck on election night? I totally missed the First Lady's pattern of cardigan abuse.

Posted by: airforcewife at April 9, 2009 09:52 AM

"Sorry, Madam Chairman, you have to stand in that hole until you pay back the TARP funds."

"Love your drapes."

Posted by: spd rdr at April 9, 2009 11:38 AM

"...that's how you end up with non-flattering cardigans.

Well, that and the unfortunate incident at Balaclava during that Crimean unpleasantness.

I *told* Lucan to wait for the invention of helicopter gunships, but nooooooo... "

Now I recall where I've seen those two! T'was shortly after my charge with the six hundred and subsequent capture, when that blaggard, Nikolai Pavlovich Ignatiev, dragged me across half of Asia!

The tall one was blathering on to the short one about hoping to one day be proud of her country... The short lady's eyes were rolled so far back into her skull that, at first, I thought she were held in thrall of a seizure...

RIP -- George Macdonald Fraser 02-Apr-1925 02-Jan-2008

Posted by: Gen. Sir Harry Flashman at April 9, 2009 11:45 AM

Is she bowlegged?

Posted by: Ree at April 9, 2009 11:46 AM

"Is she bowlegged?"
Argghhh!

Salute!

Posted by: Cap'n Quint at April 9, 2009 11:51 AM

Little Big [Wo]Man.

Posted by: DHMurphyII at April 9, 2009 01:47 PM

Realization dawned on Mrs. Obama that perhaps today was not the best day to try to build her "Kansas farmgirl" cred.

Posted by: Yu-Ain Gonnano at April 9, 2009 02:30 PM

My husband's new created White House Council on Women and Girls will work tirelessly to end this barbaric practice of cutting women off at the knees.

Posted by: Yu-Ain Gonnano at April 9, 2009 02:38 PM

Newly

Posted by: Yu-Ain Gonnano at April 9, 2009 02:39 PM

"Congratulations! You've won the honor of besting the lions in their own lair!"

Posted by: spd rdr at April 9, 2009 03:14 PM

"Look, Barry, let's get this life-sized Indira Barbie for the girls!"

Posted by: April at April 9, 2009 04:09 PM

You all are insane :)

Posted by: Cassandra at April 9, 2009 04:09 PM

Possibly. But reasolutely harmless in an insane sort of way.

Posted by: spd rdr at April 9, 2009 07:31 PM

Possibly. But reasolutely harmless in an insane sort of way.

As the saying goes, "Don't evah change" :p

Posted by: Cassandra at April 9, 2009 08:53 PM

"True story - the first time I met Barack's grandms, I had wrapped a bed sheet around me just like you have."

Posted by: Mrs. Tingle at April 9, 2009 09:55 PM

"Never wear anything that panics the cat." -- P. J. O'Rourke

Posted by: BillT at April 10, 2009 02:19 PM

There goes my day... :p

Posted by: Cassandra at April 10, 2009 02:24 PM

*Your* day? Do you have any idea how *long* it took me to remember who said that?

Posted by: BillT at April 10, 2009 03:28 PM

Well, I'd never heard it so I'm glad you did!

Posted by: Cassandra at April 10, 2009 03:32 PM

The first victi....err... candidate for Obama's "Humans Stopping Height Inequality in its Tracks" program seemed somewhat taken aback when she realized who her Height Donor was going to be....

Posted by: Cassandra at April 10, 2009 03:41 PM

"Oh, Mrs. Obama, aren't you clever! This is a sari, not a state of kittenish disarray."

Posted by: Cricket at April 10, 2009 06:58 PM

*tsk*

Cricket, that's just being catty.

Posted by: BillT at April 11, 2009 05:54 AM

*tsk*

Cricket, that's just being catty.

Posted by: BillT at April 11, 2009 05:54 AM

Heh. Sari.

Posted by: Cricket at April 11, 2009 11:28 AM

BillT, if you are in need of a humor fix, I can highly recommend the archived shows of "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me" on npr.org.

This past week's show was terrific. It gets a regular listen here at Chez Engineer on Saturday mornings after 'Car Talk.'

I quit listening to Prairie Home Companion about five years ago...I couldn't stand Garrison Keillor any more.

Posted by: Cricket at April 11, 2009 12:06 PM

...if you are in need of a humor fix...

Heh.

If you only knew.

I feel an Argghhh-onauts update coming on...

Posted by: BillT at April 11, 2009 01:35 PM

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