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Mrs O. Wears Shorts: Brilliant

So we turn on the TV this morning at our B&B in the tiny fishing town of Perce, at the tip of the Gaspe peninsular in Quebec, Canada, to discover that the latest news this week has been controversy surrounding Mrs. O's choice of wearing shorts while on a family vacation to the Grand Canyon. Ha! Having spent the past two weeks traveling, I can say with certainly she's wearing the ideal outfit! Anyways, just wanted to let you know that I'll be back to regular posting on Monday, have a wonderful weekend everyone!
Brilliant indeed! And seriously, was it THAT slow of a news week, people?

Enjoy your trip, lady.
#1 Sally (Homepage) on 2009-08-21 08:21 (Reply)
Seriously. She is completely awesome, and people need to let up on criticizing her choices. Shorts are the smartest option at the Grand Canyon. SMART.
#2 EmilyKennedy (Homepage) on 2009-08-21 08:42 (Reply)
I ADORE Michelle O with all my heart. I really do. I wish I shared your enthusiasm for this outfit though Dianna (very sad face), but I can’t help but think that she would have looked better if her shorts were just above the knee as opposed to mid thigh. I guess I’m a prude!
#3 angie (Homepage) on 2009-08-21 09:29 (Reply)
I will have to disagree as I do with all things that deal with her. I am tired of the Michelle bandwagon. I have higher standards for what my First lady looks like and frankly she doesn't fit the bill. She dresses completely inappropriate for her position.
#4 Tracie on 2009-08-21 09:36 (Reply)
Get over yourself. Michelle Obama has a better physique than half of our embarrassingly obese nation, and that half is upset because she chooses to dress her age.

She's a Princeton-and-Harvard educated professional mother of two who happens to be the wife of the current leader of the free world. If you believe she should be shrouding herself just to appease the perpetual critics blinded by their own provinciality, you're living in another century.

Michelle Obama is a first lady for modern times; she's a fantastic, intelligent woman who doesn't need to subscribe to the sartorial beliefs of the closed-minded.
#4.1 Tea on 2009-08-21 09:44 (Reply)
Yes I do believe she should be setting a better example. I guess having high standards makes me closed minded . Thank you so much.
#5 Tracie on 2009-08-21 10:28 (Reply)
Tracie, what about her outfit is setting a bad example? The fact that she's wearing shorts? On a family vacation? In 107 degree weather? Did you expect her to dress up to go hiking? I agree that for any occasion where she's fulfilling her First Lady duties she should dress nicely, and she does, but it wasn't like she was meeting with a foundation or committee though.
#5.1 Kelly on 2009-08-21 17:21 (Reply)
She wasn't even dressed sloppy either. She was just wearing shorts, a tank top and an open shirt over that. Perfectly pulled together in my opinion.
#5.1.1 Regan on 2009-08-21 17:25 (Reply)
She is first lady 24-7, just like he's president 24-7. She is not only dressing age inappropriate, but position inappropriate. She would have looked more like the professional woman she is if she had worn some knee length shorts and some nice gladiator flats. Nothing frumpy about that. She looks like she's from the 'hood instead of the white house.
#5.1.2 Olie on 2009-08-22 18:43 (Reply)
One last note on that I love how because I disagree you immediately lash out.
#6 Tracie on 2009-08-21 10:31 (Reply)
Tracie, this is not a lash out - I'm honestly just curious. What is inappropriate about her outfit? Every traveler to the GC this time of year is wearing shorts. Her shorts actually look pretty long to me. Does that amount of thigh actually offend you?
#6.1 Megan on 2009-08-22 07:20 (Reply)
She's a young mother who was standing around in 107+ degree weather. I don't understand the critics. What else could she have worn without passing out from heat stroke?

I seriously find it laughable how critical people are of the Obamas over really stupid, petty stuff.
If all the public can do is criticize the length of the woman's shorts though, she and her husband must be doing something very right.

And really what example is there to be set? It was hot as heck on the Grand Canyon. She's wearing age-appropriate shorts and hiking shoes, not Daisy Dukes and stilettos.
#7 Joann on 2009-08-21 10:41 (Reply)
So funny, I just blogged on this one last night. Huff Post actually had 13,000 people weigh in on a poll about her shorts.
#8 Mary Hall (Homepage) on 2009-08-21 12:11 (Reply)
If she wasnt known, would we even care what she wore? I personally dont think of her as First Lady but rather Fashionable Lady. She's a confident and stylish woman and I admire her for that. She seems like someone I would know and look upto. A wonderful role model and fashion figure for all women of all ages.

Plus, being a wonderful mom will always give her plus points for me. I love to see famous ppl being good moms and dads. It's a very admirable quality and luckily, a quality possessed by her.
#9 Salmeen on 2009-08-21 13:49 (Reply)
She's seems to be doing a great job at staying grounded. It's obvious that she is putting her family first and she is going to enjoy her vacation. She's not there to have her picture taken, but she does have the confidence that if her picture is going to be taken, she won't mind. I love that she is a real mom and not putting on a fancy front! I find her much easier to relate to than any other first ladies, who wears a fancy suit to the Grand Canyon?
#10 sasylum on 2009-08-21 15:05 (Reply)
I love Mrs. Obama's style. Its a perfect mix of elegant and comfortable. Lets not forge that she was a mom before she was First Lady. She is on vacation and has two young children to chase after. There is nothing inappropriate about her outfit. Wow it must be a slow day indeed if news channels have nothing better to talk about that her shorts.
#11 Jessica on 2009-08-21 18:45 (Reply)
I adore Michelle Obama and I think those shorts are absolutely appropriate. Doesn't everyone have a pair of shorts and what was she supposed to wear, a floor-length gown in 107 degree weather?

(And some commenters were calling them 'short shorts'-- uh, no, obviously they've never stepped inside a mall or a high school if they think those thigh-length mom shorts are short-shorts.)

Honestly, if anyone says they wouldn't don a pair of shorts in 107 Arizonan weather, I'd call them a liar. It's been in the high 90s in New York and I've been tempted to run errands in my bikini.

Also, Malia is wearing the same pair-- only in a different color. I love how no one thinks it's inappropriate for The First Daughter.
#12 Stacy Z on 2009-08-22 01:25 (Reply)
Yes, the shorts are appropriate on the first daughter--she's what, 12? The very reason why they are not appropriate for the first lady.

And I doubt she has ever chased after her own children........
#12.1 Olie on 2009-08-22 18:54 (Reply)
Number 1, She is a Mother raised by a strong working class Mother, I doubt very seriously that someone else ran or runs after her children. Now so far as for the comment looks like she dressed from the hood, that gives a lot insight to your thought process. Just simple, and you know why you wrote it. Question, are you from the hood? Number 2, I have been to the Grand Canyon, an d everyone wore shorts. Question, did they chose to dress from the hood handbook as well? Just simple and silly.
#12.1.1 Mary on 2009-08-24 06:10 (Reply)
Michelle Obama has great legs and wore the shorts appropriately (and always dresses for the occasion). This is the US, not the Middle East.

She was on vacation with her family in extreme conditions. Michelle chose to wears shorts. She knew she would be photographed. I believe it was a calculated move.

Whether you agree or disagree with her decision, people are talking about it. People have been talking about the first lady since before President Obama took office. Michelle is a trend setter...just ask JCrew.

Whether you like her style or not, Michelle Obama will never be a stogy first lady. She intends on putting her own stamp on the first lady position and remain true to herself as well as being role model for her daughters.
#13 Debby on 2009-08-22 05:41 (Reply)
I don't think what Michelle wore was inappropriate in any way. Speaking as someone who has lived in Florida for the past 10 years, when it gets hot and you're outside with your kid(s) you want to be wearing something cool, comfortable and easy to move in. I have a seriously hard time believing anyone that says they wouldn't wear shorts in 100+ degree heat.

As someone above pointed out, she's not wearing daisy dukes and stillettos, she's dressed for a day out vacationing with her family, the same way thousands of other moms and women in America look on a daily basis. Political views aside, she gets a thumbs up from me.
#14 Jessica on 2009-08-22 09:23 (Reply)
What is the controversy with her outfit? I don't get it! If she was anyone else, no one would even take a second glance at her in that outfit; it's ordinary and conservative. What the heck do people expect women to wear to the Grand Canyon?!
#15 Hilary on 2009-08-22 10:04 (Reply)
We have had an interesting discussion about this on our forum and I’ve reiterated the summary below:

“I only realized AFTER the discussions on this forum and on the other blog that we were talking about two different contexts for this outfit. I did NOT assume that this was an outfit that she was actually going to physically be hiking in because she was getting off a plane. We don’t ever wear gear when we are not engaging in the sport itself. Michelle, being the classy and stylish lady that she is would never wear gear on a plane! I automatically gave Michelle that benefit of the doubt. I therefore thought that this was a daily casual outfit, and for that reason I zoned in on the length of the shorts – which I perceived to be giving Michelle plenty of slack!
However, other people perceived this outfit to be Michelle’s pukka hiking kit which is why it was met with loads of approval. Of course, this is a perfectly fabulous hiking outfit! You need to wear the right gear when you hike. But not when you’re getting off a plane, whether you are our first lady or not. I hope that explains my point more clearly. I take wearing gear outside of sporting activities very seriously, and like I said before, I guess I see that side of the coin differently to most people. Can't help it :0)
But to Shiny and Maya’s point, we don’t really know the context of this outfit. My guess is that Michelle checked into a fab mansion first and did not go straight to the Grand Canyon to hike. And for that reason, those shorts are too short in my book. But I guess we’ll never know!”
#16 angie (Homepage) on 2009-08-22 10:52 (Reply)
Politics aside, I can't understand why everyone's fashion and style sense goes out the window when talking about this woman. Style means wearing what looks good on you and what is appropriate for the occasion. She has shown very little knowledge of style so far.
#17 Olie on 2009-08-22 19:02 (Reply)
Olie, what do you mean she's demonstrated little knowledge of style? Do you have eyes?
#18 Ellen on 2009-08-22 22:10 (Reply)
Yes Ellen, I have eyes that see that she a woman who wore a dress to the inaugural ball which accentuated her short waist and large hips and flattened her chest; a woman who wore a floral 'hausefrau' looking dress with a cardigan to the church service before the inaugural breakfast; a woman who wears the same shorts as her 12 year old.
#18.1 Olie on 2009-08-23 13:16 (Reply)
I think Olie will never be satisfied - spare yourself the futile effort, it's probably best to just carry on talking about how nice shorts are in Arizona summers. People who are from cooler climates are often very surprised at how, when visiting the desert, they need to rethink their clothes and how much water they drink. I know I did when I moved there, and it's just smart to dress appropriately for the climate. I may not look like a model in shorts, but I look better than I would with heatstroke...doesn't that apply to everyone?
#19 Stella on 2009-08-23 12:29 (Reply)
I happen to live in south FL. Women here dress in cool, comfortable, stylish clothes. I have no problem with her wearing shorts.....I think whe would have looked more stylish in knee length shorts and comfortable gladiator sandals; not like she's out for a run.
For some reason there is misconception among American women that the only comfortable clothes are sweat suits and athletic shoes. Look at women like Carla Bruni and Caroline of Monaco. They have comparable positions to Mrs. O, and dress well in both casual and dress clothes.
#19.1 Olie on 2009-08-23 13:04 (Reply)
Olie Mrs. Obama looks HOOD how many white woman do you say look HOOD. Mrs. Obama is a Princeton and Havard graduate. You just can't take it get over it.
#20 leonard on 2009-08-23 15:37 (Reply)
Ah, the race card. Sorry to disappoint you Leonard, but race has nothing to do with this. I would have the same criticism of a white, black, blue, etc. first lady. My point was that she does not dress like a first lady or like a Princeton and Harvard graduate, for that matter --and she certainly has the means to do so.
#20.1 Olie on 2009-08-23 21:17 (Reply)
Leonard is correct. You pull the card, and he played for you. I really do not believe you would have made this comment if Mrs. Obama was not African American. We know when we see it.
Just simple and silly. You are entitled to your opinion even if it silly and loaded with racial overtures. We very seldom pull the race card, and most are just responding to it. We live in a global world. Jump on board.
#21 Mary on 2009-08-24 06:28 (Reply)
Would you have been happier if I said the trailer park instead? Go ahead and substitute that for hood. You are missing my point by calling me racist. The point is that she was not appropriately dressed for the first lady of the most powerful nation in the world. And BTW, I am also a 'minority'.
#21.1 Olie on 2009-08-24 09:21 (Reply)
For the record, I am an ardent admirer of Condolezza Rice. I feel that she is one of the most accomplished and elegant women of our time. Unfortunately, she has been much maligned and ignored by her own community simply because of her politics. Such a shame....
#21.1.1 Olie on 2009-08-24 09:52 (Reply)
Olie, that's how we know your comment was racially insensitive. You feel the need to say that you "admire" Condolezza Rice. If you felt like saying Mrs. O was "hood" wasn't prejudice then you wouldn't have felt the need to explain that you admire another women of the same race to prove that you're not prejudice.

Shame, shame, shame.

I think she looks very appropriate, btw. What the hell was she supposed to wear in 110 degree weather? A pantsuit?

Get over it.
# Frizz on 2009-08-24 19:12 (Reply)
You are the one that needs to get over calling people racist when then comment on a black woman's fashion. This is a fashion website for goodness sakes. My comments were about her outfit. You and others called it racist -- a tactic used by those that know they are wrong or have now argument -- attack the messenger. Get over yourselves.
# Olie on 2009-08-25 08:03 (Reply)
This is really funny. A woman wearing shorts on vacation in the heat is inappropriate? Most people who hate everything about the Obama family are just people who have a hard time dealing with the fact that a African American family is in the White House. People are just looking for reasons to be upset and critical.
#22 Michelle on 2009-08-24 16:53 (Reply)
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