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186 comments

  1. eoberhauser

    I guess I’m in the minority here, but I really thought the dress was striking. It’s not one that everyone could pull off. She’s so damn confident, she could have worn a paper bag and still be amazing.

  2. Serolf Divad

    based on his Spring 2009 collection

    Well that’s your problem right there. It’s not Spring yet. The dress will look awesome this Spring. Right now it just looks like she got hit with a paint bucket. But come spring, we’ll all look like we just got hit with paint buckets. It’s the new black.

  3. AnnieGetYourFun

    I know this makes me a gay homosexual, but I’m looking forward to seeing what she chooses for the big, fancy parties that they are going to have every night from here on out as tax-and-spend libruls.

  4. swarm of bees

    I don’t know what any of you guys are thinking. She is AMAZING! Very beautiful and confident. VERY!

  5. freakishlystrong

    She’s normally stunning-I had a real What The Fuck! last night when she came out in that, what with the nutz all fearmongering about the “RED” scare and all…

  6. Cape Clod

    [re=167168]Serolf Divad[/re]: If Michelle know how to order dresses from the future then maybe we should have elected her.

  7. NoWireHangers

    I didn’t like the dress, but I know we’re in for FOUR YEARS of delicious fashion from our new First LADY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. swarm of bees

    Plus, I love how their family is almost always color coordinated. Barry had a red tie, Michelle’s dress, plus Sasha and Malia were in cute little red dresses. ADORABLE!

  9. dezeinstein

    It seemed distracting to my wife and me, as if she wanted to steal some attention away from the boss man.
    She’s classy but needs a new wardrobist!

  10. AnnieGetYourFun

    [re=167175]freeradical[/re]: Actually, now that you mention it, it looks pretty much exactly like a black widow. Foreshadowing? I hope not.

  11. Magsbe

    It’s hideous, and yet she very nearly makes it work, because she’s just that fucking fierce.

    I am so looking forward to eight years of a glamorous (and brilliant!) First Lady.

  12. JadedDIssonance

    I saw her on the stage, she looked Fantastic. I kept having to stand on my tiptoes to see the podium/runway, but it really looked much better in person. And she matched her daughters. Humph!

  13. themightysea

    [re=167163]eoberhauser[/re]: Thanks for sharing Eo, and d.ham, I liked it too. It’s kindof ugly, but in a cool and daring fashion-forward way that reinforces her role as a boldly stylish first lady. Can you imagine 4+ years of seeing Cindi Mac’s horrible satin booger-colored napkin dresses draped with diamonds? And thank goodness we’re saying goodbye to Mistresses Clinton and Bush’s frumpy big-bottomed gardenwear.

  14. Tommy Says Soooo

    Hahahaha, suck it, Wonktards! The waistband is actually a covert burka veil, suitable for traveling to the Middle East or other Muslin cities, like Washington D.C.

  15. TGY

    Oh, it was ok. Still, it puts a (dim and small) spotlight on the fashion industry, an industry (I continue to believe) that hates women.

  16. bellesouth

    I think it’s a beautiful dress, actually – but it did need the jacket. I thought the entire family looked lovely. And that’s that. Suck it, Wonkette!

  17. Kwame'

    She could have worn anything from JCREW and looked amazing, and he kids could have had coordinated outfits from CREW CUTS. Narciso is a douche for convincing her to wear that dress. I love Michelle, but the dress makes me gag. Rodriguez needs to sit the fuck down and leave the inaugural ball to the real pros.

  18. socialconstruct

    Perhaps too avant-guarde for the occasion and subduing bitter conservatives, but gosh darn it I kinda liked it.

  19. madtowngooner

    [re=167175]freeradical[/re]: That’s what I see. She’s going to try to eat Barack, but a secret service guy will throw himself in front of her fangs!

  20. wheelie

    It’s the kind of dress that probably looks great back-stage, in a small room full of minglers. But when you are on a vast stage, you need to think about how it looks from 200 feet away. It was too busy and fussy in detail.

  21. Viva la Cynthia

    It did not work on that stage–everyone at my pad last night was like, “Whoa, is she pregnant?!” And then we drank some more at the prospect of more Obamababies.

  22. heronimule

    I agree that it was not good for the stage, but I thought it was stylish and young. I guess I have bad taste :(

  23. Herbal_T

    The first thing my girlfriend said when the First Lady elect walked out: “It looks like Michelle had a massive period all over herself.”

  24. Botswana Meat Commission FC

    I once saw Desert Hobo Ken Layne’s picture in a long-defunct periodical named “Radar.” I would trust fashion criticism from this man. Or from his eyeglass-wielding hottie assistant, SKS.

  25. PopeyesPipe

    I was surprised when she emerged without brandishing an upraised fist and a pump action shotgun. What the hell kind of black revolutionary is she?

    So BORING!

  26. Dave J.

    Hey, it’s not my favorite dress of all time, but I like that she’s taking chances, not wearing yet-another-pantsuit-we’ve-seen-50,000-times-before like all recent inhabitants of that office.

  27. everfade

    [re=167202]bellesouth[/re]: Suck it wonkette? Nice one :)
    Our new first lady looked dazzling last night. Wonkette is not qualified to judge her fashion awesomeness.

  28. madtowngooner

    My gawd! Are we going to have to be snarky to Barry and Shelly for the next 4 years? I thought we were just mean to dumbfuck republitards. Get me the Wonkette rulebook!

  29. Botswana Meat Commission FC

    [re=167157]AnnieGetYourFun[/re]:
    You obviously haven’t heard about the whole “dead homeless man stuck in her windshield” incident…

  30. Tommy Says Soooo

    FLILF be going to kick yo asses, you fashion haters. She knows where you live. And she’ll do it, too. You don’t think Hopey lives in fear of the groupy gropers like Sara K and Ken Layne?

  31. Valerie

    off topic, and all props to teh Wonkette!!
    If you still have a lump in your throat and any tears left after last night, huffpo has a photo lineup of reaction from around the world that you should take a look at. It will make you proud.

  32. TGY

    Also, note that the neckline is more ‘conservative’ than the dress on the model. Don’t want a display of boobage on election night.

  33. donner_froh

    If the dress was a bit closer to the one shown on the model–lose the jacket or sweater, keep the red more under control so it actually contrasts with the black instead of overwhelming it–it would have looked fab.

    Rodriguez knocked off his own style and screwed it up a bit.

    Although she could dress in a paper bag and still look great

  34. WIDTAP

    I hope she goes back to the regular clothes because, shit, after all that do we have to go back to fashion distractions?

  35. Fear of a Black Reagan

    Is Michelle Obama a preggo now? Cause she looks like it. I sure hope so because I’ve got some fake money riding on it at Hubdub and/or that’d be HAWT.

  36. buymecandy

    The dress looks pretty on the model, I think it’s that cardigan that ruins it. It camouflages the rest of her shape so all you see is these emphasized hips, instead of a nice silhouette.

  37. blinky_twinkie

    My first thought was, “What’s up with the full-frontal blood clot?” But the color coordination among the family was TEH WIN. Those girls are just darling. I wonder what kind of puppy they’re going to get?

  38. edgydrifter

    I thought it was horrific. Actually, I remember slurring aloud to the tee-vee people “thank god she wore that tonight, ‘cuz it’s too late to do any damage in the polls.” Still, it was their night which means she could be just as garish as she wanted to be, and anyone who didn’t like it (like me) could go pound sand.

  39. swarm of bees

    [re=167209]madtowngooner[/re]: Has the president plus family bashing begun already? Really, Wonkette, really?!

  40. Aurelio

    You morans don’t get it. It’s a volcano erupting. Upwards and downwards. The black is the old lava.

  41. tonehedge

    No No No No!
    You all are getting it all wrong.
    This ensemble is representative of the current state of the global-political-economic system.
    The black represents the black abyss that is our financial markets, and the red is all the blood of the i-bankers and brokers around the world as they are slaughtered en mass by the ensuing mob of socialist-Kenyan-terrorists.
    Long live the Revolution!

  42. sweetladyirony

    The cardigan takes away a little, but I thought it was gorgeous, because Michelle is amazing and she always looks great. Also, color-coordinated family ftw!

  43. blinky_twinkie

    [re=167241]TGY[/re]: IMO, it would have looked better if they had left the neckline alone and dropped the sweater. Michelle has a great figure, and that dress (whatever it’s fabric/color issues) would really have showed it off.

  44. The Station Manager

    Don’t care about the dress, too hungover. Was at a DNC party downtown last night. It was huge. They had to open up a whole extra banquet hall. We hung out with Black Uncle Sam, everyone was fucked up, and it was awesome.

  45. Aurelio

    No wait! The molten lava comes up from her loins, through the old crusty black lava and then–whoosh!–up out of her tits!

  46. Scandalabra

    I agree Narciso is overreaching with the waist treatment, but if anyone can pull it off, it’s Michelle.

  47. Viva la Cynthia

    [re=167229]Dave J.[/re]: You know what? YES, you are totally right. I am going to tune out the snark and create my own national holiday today for this great thing that is happening, and this great woman who is now going to be our First Lady!

  48. 102415

    It was like fire in the streets and in the sky. She knew we would all be lighting up the night. It was just fine and no I don’t care if she cuts off all her hair.I don’t care.

  49. Tommy Says Soooo

    Any man who has commented on this thread without making a sexist remark on desiring FLILF is gay. And not mildly gay. Carson Freakin’ Kressley getting pistoned by half the cast of Project Runway gay. As Tim Gunn drinks a Limoncello.

  50. problemwithcaring

    You forgot to Microsoft Paint the picture with a white cocaine line from her nose. Sup wit that?

  51. Moleman v2.5

    My wife didn’t like the dress, but I didn’t think it was that bad. It looks better on M.O. than on the model. Actually the dress could be functional … who knew they made Digicam in a black/red combo?

  52. Hutch

    What is this, the red carpet pre-inaugural show?

    It is?

    Okay. I sort of sat up when Michelle came out in that get-up last night, but I finally decided that I liked the edginess of its Che Guevara poster style. And yes, a rifle would have added some refresing versimilitude.

  53. WadISay

    Surprisingly, the dress on the model is a little different from Michelle’s. The “just got home from the paintball game” look is more popular than I would have thought. The kids, however, were to-die-for cute.

  54. Kwame'

    We love MIchelle and we love Jill. No one has any malice here. Michelle was a one-woman fireworks display and Jill was the cutest little booger I have ever seen. Today is a great day. And Sarah Palin is headed back to the TJ Maxx clearance section. All is right with the world.

  55. HuskyMescan

    The red splash represents the splattered blood of a million wingnut heads exploding at once at 10:30pm EST Nov 4.

  56. WendyK

    I think she looked stunning. It’ll be nice to have a dignified, classy, elegant, highly intelligent, educated First Lady. As opposed to Laura Bush. Can you imagine if it had been Cindy McCain? Percocet and gimlets for all!

  57. agonista

    Dress schmess. I loved on Comedy Central last night when a professor who had known both of them at Harvard Law said he always figured Michelle would be the one running the country one day…

  58. barackyoubetter

    I love Michelle and her outfit worked for me but who let little Sasha go out in the funeral black creepy Victorian dress??? That was nuts!!! Even tho it probably looks cuter in person, any little girl in a dress like that looks goth in a bad way!!

  59. CorkPopper

    Yeah, I love Michelle but I did comment as soon as she walked out that her usually spot-on fashion sense seemed to have led her astray a bit here. Still, I’d a gazillion times rather a fabulously clad first lady who suffers an occasional fashion misfire than four years of pantsuits or Southern lady librarian or whatever the fuck you call Cindy’s “look” (cougar gothic?).

  60. Street Organizer

    THIS ELECTION HAS FRIED MY BRAIN CELLS FOREVER AND ALL THE DRINKING GAMES HAVE SCARRED MY LIVER FOREVER SO THEREFORE I MUST DO ALL MY COMMENTS IN ALL CAPS, ONCE AGAIN. FOREVER!!1!1!!!

    THAT DRESS IS UGLY AS HELL MICHELLE!!!1!!

  61. S.Luggo

    [re=167185]pem[/re]: Goes to show you. Bad prêt-à-porter transcends race.
    [re=167202]bellesouth[/re]: What the dress needs is to be in a Good Will bin.

  62. problemwithcaring

    [re=167323]barackyoubetter[/re]: Yes! Finally some much needed derision of the little-girl-who’s-great-grandmother-died-the-day-before demographic. Bless you.

  63. mishamishap

    Sorry but the last people I’m going to take fashion advice from are the editors and commenters of a political blog based in DC: the mecca of khakis & buttons downs & flip-flops.
    This dress rocked.

  64. JadedDIssonance

    [re=167265]The Pumpernickel[/re]: The problem I see with your conjecture is that Michelle will never get to wear the aforementioned donated clothings because they will have to be burned. We can’t have her catching the meth bugs.

  65. BruceLee5000

    [re=167189]fuckinredneck[/re]: FTW! You really need to see it with the face screen helmet and matching black criss-cross over the mouth to appreciate the delicate interplay of colors and tones.

  66. Roguesmommy

    At first I thought that there was a red scarf type thing that was stuffed through the middle band of the dress and was hanging out the bottom, and was just kind of unfortunately placed. Then I realized it was done on purpose and was slightly confused. Oh well…..PUPPIES!!!!!1

  67. picardia

    I think the dress might’ve looked better if it had been propertly fitted; Michelle seemed to be wearing a size too large for her. So the criss-cross just seemed random instead of defining the upper abdomen the way it’s supposed to. Even on the model, I’m not in love with the dress, but it could look better than it did.

    Generally speaking I like her fashion sense though.

  68. BruceLee5000

    [re=167258]edgydrifter[/re]: FOR THE PENULTIMATE WIN!!!

    Q: “I wonder what kind of dog the Obama girls are going to get?”
    A: “A Pitbull named LIPSTICK!”

    And then Bazooka Joe Biden gets knocked off his feet by an exclamation mark puff of smoke!

  69. lampadadog

    Not my personal taste–the version on Michelle is more eye-popping because it has much more red than the runway design pictured. However, the important thing is that SHE looked great in it, and I liked that it was bold and vibrant, as befits the occasion!

  70. sanantonerose

    [re=167178]freakishlystrong[/re]: The whole family was in red and black. Haha. Of course, the McCain clan was in gold. As in “enjoy your golden years, you old crazy man!”

  71. beri

    [re=167157]AnnieGetYourFun[/re]: I think it is refreshing, fun, and great that she dared to pick something non conservative. Election night is particularly a time to be remembered and she did that well. The dress is gorgeous, dressy, apropos for a night history was made. She and her family looked wonderful. Black is THE basic busines color, and red denotes energy and vibrancy and if my husband had just been named President, Id have picked a vibrant dress as as well.

  72. President Beeblebrox

    Who the F cares? Michelle rocks my socks. She is one fine sistah. Besides, she will be a far better FLOTUS than Cindy “Number Six” McCain would be… Percocets and Miltowns all around!

    Wow, listen to me. That magnum of champagne is apparently still banging around in my bloodstream.

  73. LittlePinky82

    [re=167157]AnnieGetYourFun[/re]: Yep but even though the dress is blah she’s still a pretty lady.

  74. LittlePinky82

    [re=167168]Serolf Divad[/re]: Yep. I think that dress will be very nice to wear at a spring picnic or something like that.

  75. iolanthe

    Glad to know it wasn’t just me! I hated that dress, too. And my taste isn’t all that great, *and* I have no problem with Weird, generally.

    But that dress was an Epic Fail.

    It was my first Michelle Obama WTF Moment.

    Usually, she looks great.

  76. sarahconnor

    Not to get too, ah, bogged down by this, but I secretly love me a guest appearance by Michelle Obama on Project Runway. that would be delish. Perhaps a special edition where they have real designers competing to design her inaugural gown? mmmmmm….

  77. iolanthe

    This dress is what a certain circle of semi-friends of mine (real bitches, all of them) would call “a bold fashion choice”, which is code for “Oh, burn that fucking thing right now!”

    Imagine their evil purring little voices, “How confident you must feel to have chosen to wear that tonight. Mad props. No, rilly … “)

  78. AnnieGetYourFun

    [re=167485]beri[/re]: Uh, how do I explain this? Oh, I know: you are wrong. The dress is fug.

    [re=167500]LittlePinky82[/re]: No one here is questioning her loveliness. You might have noticed that I said it was her first mistake ever.

  79. nyphotog

    Really? I think it looks great on her, better than on the model. It’s so nice to have a top political woman wearing something other than a Chanel suit or something that looks like nubby ’50s upholstery.

  80. spam

    M. Obama looks pregnant in that dress. Is she?
    If she is, wearing it is one way to announce it to the world.

  81. Kathyliz

    All that was needed to complete Michelle Obama’s disastrous “she devil” ensemble was a pitchfork. What was this intelligent, articulate woman thinking on such a momentous occasion in her family’s and our nation’s history? Clearly, not about whether what she was wearing in front of the whole world was appropriate or becoming. Where were the image consultants?
    Hopefully this hideous dress can be airbrushed out of the history books and this beautiful woman will go on to be a great First Lady in matters infinitely more important than fashion.

  82. keriveri

    Narciso Rodriguez is my favorite designer–love, love, LOVE!! his stuff–and he’s got plenty of items in his line that are not butt ugly (though this dress is not, strictly speaking, butt ugly–merely less flattering than it could/should have been to this figure).

    Michelle is an amazing woman, but the sublime-to-ridiculous arc of her fashion choices? Not really something the press tolerates in a first lady. Bless her heart (OK, now I’ve given away the fact that I’m a Southerner), she is going to have to invest in a stylist.

    …. And totally on the other hand, I don’t give a shit what she wears. She would inspire me in a brown paper bag.

  83. Texas2Step

    OK, but what I want to know is Who She’s Wearing for the Inaugural Ball, and will Joan and Melissa be there?

  84. designerbabe

    What an embarrassment! Didn’t she realize that Halloween was last week? I know she’s been busy, but hey, someone really should have told this poor woman, she must not have any real friends.

  85. jazzjunkie

    [re=167176]wilmawonker[/re]: Totes agree. Not the best dress for her, but would have been much better without the sweater. Still, I don’t care if she wore a sack!

  86. Flower Child

    Personally, I think Michelle’s dress is slammin’ to say the least! Eoberhauser, you’re correct…it’s not a dress everyone could pull off…(or put on :)! I also read a message into that dress that says: “Hell or High Water…ready or not here we come America!” Thanks, Narciso Rodriquez! Work it!

  87. schvitzatura

    Working 24/7 over the last 9 weeks in a moose abattoir will do that to a little black dress…

  88. GodhavemercyonUSA

    Get it all out of your system, kiddies. When those two, Obama and spouse, realize their power, free speech will be a thing of the past.

  89. joeplumber

    jealous beeches or sore losers? Get over it, FINALLY somebody daring enough to wear something other than a schoolmarm outfit!

  90. designerbabe

    Hell-Colored Election Night Dress; that criss-crossy, weird looking “THING” she wore… nice first impression, she bites.

  91. zirconia

    Last night I was so bezonkered that after my initial what-the-HELL-is-she-WEARING? that I then followed it up with whatever, tonight I even love her hideous dress. Airbrush it from the pages of history? I think not. That’s part of the history, and more delicious because she didn’t wimp out in some vapid and completely forgettable wifey-togs. I like this woman. And picture the conversation:
    “Uh, honey, were you going to wear that?”
    “Damn right, baby!”
    “Okay.”

    Zirconia will fight to the death and beyond to defend this new administration against the rape of vapidity.

    Rescue puppies.
    Fashion sense.
    Leaking-doggie housebreaking hints.
    I have fallen through the looking glass and entered an alternate Wonkette reality. Tomorrow I expect to find rainbow-n-flower scratch-n-sniff emoticons on here. Fine.
    But hands off the damn dress. It stays.

  92. dumblonde

    I knew something was off with the dress. The cardigan ruined the entire outfit. She looks hot in sleeveless. Don’t cover up so much, Michelle!

  93. skyinator

    Maybe she was just trying to save bucks and get extra mileage out of her halloween costume. Whatever, it was befuggly.

  94. ana fougez

    Didn’t hate it, didn’t think it was the best. But way better than any android pea green thing I have seen Cindy McC in. Better a hell dress than a patrician suit of armor.

  95. TheVixenne

    Frankly ladies and gents, the dress was AWESOME. Not every woman has the savvy and and the body to carry it off as well as she did. Also, let’s all keep in mind that what’s INSIDE the dress–the brilliant attorney, wife and mom–is far more important than the Narciso Rodriguez dress.

    To my fellow feminist sisters: those of us at Michelle Obama Watch will be making sure that you stand up for her as much as you all did for Hilary.

  96. moonlitdove

    Not only was her dress a disappointment on this otherwise euphoric moment, I also did not get its message. Colour choice always has an underlying message, especially on such an historic moment. If the red and black message was trying to say something it failed. It came across as garish, especially on TV. Maybe it was better in real life. Barack looked great as befits a future president. His family looked fine as well except for their clothing choice. Who would put a black dress on a little 7 year-old girl? Too stark and serious. And Malia’s all red dress was also too much, even though she carried it off the best of the three. Fortunately, even though their outfits were much too distracting, the beauty and vitality of Barack’s family was still wonderful to see.

  97. moonlitdove

    Michelle, your other dress choices have been great, especially that purple sheath dress.
    I also did not care for the pants and jacket combo worn a couple of days ago. Not flattering enough on you.

  98. trustme

    The dress is very fitting, this country is going to hell in a hand basket, and MO is leading the way.

  99. designerbabe

    Love it! Good job “trustme.” Wish I had said that:)

    Where did she put the darn handbasket?

  100. TheVixenne

    Uh, newsflash–THERE WAS NO MESSAGE!

    I’m sorry, but would you feel better had Michelle Obama worn stripper chic courtesy of Lil Kim and that she dressed her daughters like pint-sized hoochies?

    They were dressed elegantly and respectfully with just the right dash of flair and I for one am damn GLAD to see some moxie coming back to the White House after eight years of the Stepford Wife!

    GO MICHELLE!!! GO SASHA!!! GO MALIA!!!

  101. cookiemonster

    Poor Michelle – A star studded education but alias, no sophistication regarding her wardrobe. The lady plainly needs a do over – makeup, hair, dressing. Please Michelle, do all of America a great big favor and hire some one to help you. I’d hate to see your choice of clothing for a state dinner.

  102. Kathyliz

    Amen to that, Cookiemonster. Like it or not, Michelle Obama now represents America before the whole world, and she owes it to us to look more dignified than she did on election night.
    I am confident that a woman of such intelligence can rise to the occasion and hope she gets the professional help she clearly needs to support her.

  103. MollyB54

    The clothes that Sarah Palin wore were elegant, classy, and beautiful.
    This dress that Michelle Obama wore – yikes. I did not care for it.
    But I would rather see Mrs. Obama as a VP (or a First Lady) any day, over the ignorant fanatic Palin.
    Maybe I am just getting old, alas, but clothes just don’t matter to me as much anymore. So what if Mrs. Obama has different taste in clothing than you or I do? Michelle Obama is classy in other ways – ways that matter.
    They are two highly intelligent, well educated, compassionate Americans that embody the American dream.
    They will represent our country with dignity, grace and intelligence.
    God Bless Michelle Obama, and God Bless her husband.

  104. iamthepinkcupcake

    She looks like a black widow spider. I feel safe in saying she’s not going to be subdued and classic like Laura Bush for the next four years like she says she is. Can’t wait to see the Sunday go-to-meetin’ hats.

  105. MollyB54

    [re=169067]TheVixenne[/re]:

    As I said, I did not care for the dress. However, it was not inappropriate for the occasion. Just different.
    I agree with TheVixenne – this is what counts:
    “.. let’s all keep in mind that what’s INSIDE the dress–the brilliant attorney, wife and mom–is far more important than the Narciso Rodriguez dress.”

    And this:
    “To my fellow feminist sisters: those of us at Michelle Obama Watch will be making sure that you stand up for her as much as you all did for Hilary.”

    I am not black, Hispanic or young. I’m just an old white woman.
    And Ladies, I am feeling old right now. I remember Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and the march towards the destruction of our economy, our Constitution and our democracy. The GOP has been in a race to the bottom, culminating in GWB and finally Sarah Palin. All I can say is thank God that the majority of Americans do not want a phony “Joe the Plumber” as their leader.
    Barack and Michelle Obama have put a bounce in my step again. I am thrilled that we have shattered a racial barrier, and have shown that America really is the country of freedom and opportunity for ALL. While I do not have the “black experience” and make no pretense of understanding fully the elation of millions of black Americans, I was still crying with joy about this election.

    Black men got the vote before women. It should not be too surprising that a black man has now been elected President, before a white woman. Is it “bad”? No. Did Hilary lose because she is a woman? I don’t think so. I do think it made her road more difficult.

    We as women have had a battle, there is no doubt about it. I well remember a professor telling me that women are just not as capable as men in electrical engineering (EE) — I graduated with honors in EE. I encountered even more discrimination in the workplace. It existed then, and exists now. Many years later after a long career in engineering, I went to law school and took in a boarder to help offset the expense. This was a young Japanese woman who was getting her masters in EE. Her professor told me that sexism was still alive and well, as evidenced by her struggle and the struggle of the two women professors at that university who quit in disgust. Then there is Larry Summers, who so notoriously denigrated women in the fields of math and science, at Harvard. Should he be Treasury Secretary? Yes, if President-Elect Obama believes he is the best qualified.

    I was a Hilary supporter, but have to say I was disappointed in her campaign. It took some time for me to give Obama a chance, but I became convinced that he would be the best possible choice for President, for a number of reasons. And I still believe that.
    Hilary is brilliant, and I respect her immensely. And yes, we will have a woman as President. Just not this year.

    McCain and the GOP obviously believed that a woman – any woman – would win over Hilary supporters. That says volumes about their opinion of women, now doesn’t it? To my fellow Hilary supporters, I ask that you consider what an insult that was.

    The election of Barack Obama marks a new era. I am once again hopeful about our country.
    Michelle Obama will be a great first Lady. Whether she wears black and red, blue or pink.
    Let’s give her a chance. We should applaud strong, intelligent women, not nitpick about their clothes.

  106. Borat

    Price tag anyone? Ahh, doesn’t matter, Barry’s a millionaire author and Todd’s a snowmobile racer who needs to rob Sak’s

  107. rosecitysister

    She dresses like the beautiful woman she is, and there is no pleasing some people, who would mock her whatever she wore.

  108. Monyneen

    M. Obama is no Mona Lisa . Some ug-y chick . That dress is a symbal of HER black power . Welcome Obama fans to your new night mare .

  109. Monyneen

    Mrs obama has made a statement for BLACK power and she is going to push it down our throats . We white religious folks will have to pay the price for not being black . God help our great country .
    The dress is her and it is digusting .

  110. rosecitysister

    The only thing disgusting is the way you racist freaks obsess over things like this. You white religious folks are going to have to get used to a black family in the White House. My hope is that people like you eat all the crow you deserve.

    SUCK IT UP – the White House has an African-American First Family moving in! Finally, a new vitality and a fresh approach to the people’s business. Drown in fear, you deserve it.

  111. MollyB54

    Monyneen and Rosecitysister, are you two for real? Is this really Wonkette poking fun? Surely this kind of nastiness is a joke, right?
    Yeah, ok, so there really are hateful bigoted people on both sides of the spectrum. There is no doubt that Barack and Obama are intelligent, compassionate, savvy, and above this vileness. That is why they will be moving into the White House. The majority of people in this country finally realized that we are in crisis, and need competent leaders – not idealogical nutcases.
    Monyneen, sad to say, I suspect you are for real, and you and Bible Spice Palin give religious white people a bad name.

  112. MollyB54

    I meant Barack and Michelle Obama. Oops. And for the record, Joe Biden is pretty sharp, too.
    Obama’s pick of Biden was just another example of Obama’s good judgment.
    In contrast with McCain and Bible Spice. I do love that name for the Pouting Palin. She made for a great SNL, but it is beyond comprehension that anyone could take her seriously. Of course, I thought that the first time I heard GWB speak, as well.
    We dismiss these airheads at our peril – GWB will most likely go down in history as the most destructive President in U.S. history. Obama has his work cut out for him.
    RoseCitySis— Whether you (or I) like it or not, President Obama will need those like Monyneen. He was savvy enough to recognize that, as evidenced by his brilliant campaign. He could not have won had he not been able to break through some of the prejudice and ignorance.

  113. rosecitysister

    The day I have to kowtow to racists is the day I move to Venezuela. There are some things that cannot stand. The post by the racist went like this, in case you weren’t sure which one I was replying to:

    “Mrs obama has made a statement for BLACK power and she is going to push it down our throats . We white religious folks will have to pay the price for not being black . God help our great country .
    The dress is her and it is digusting .”

    No, I won’t be “nice” or “understanding” about that. If these people are not called on their bigotry, they will continue to spew their poison, and it’s the kind of poison that their moronic peers will slurp up and call divine.

    Sorry, hon. There are just things about which I CANNOT be polite.

  114. rosecitysister

    On a more shallow note, if I had dressed her, I would have ditched the cardigan in favor of a feminine shawl or something more sheer, put her hair up and lowered the neckline. She’s gorgeous, she should flaunt it!

  115. MollyB54

    She is gorgeous, and I agree about canning the cardigan. Still, I think she looked lovely. Racists need to be called on their prejudice – agreed. That was a vile, ugly thing to say, and it says a world about the person who said it. It is hard to believe people can have such hatred and bigotry in them. Chances are, they would never be open enough to listen.
    Conversely, I have been immensely impressed with President (Elect) Obama’s civility during the ugliest of attacks from the McCain/Palin team and the bigots to whom Palin appealed. Obama rose above it and was a true statesman. That was not being “nice” to the bigots – his dignity only further exposed their ugliness. He did not get into the best colleges by legacy, as McCain did, but by merit. Obama was President of the Harvard Law Review – meaning, he was in the top of his class. McCain, on the other hand, got into the Naval Academy by legacy, and squeaked by 4th from the bottom. Palin went to 5 different colleges, mostly junior colleges to graduate, and has shown zero curiosity – as was evidenced by her colossal ignorance. Obama is a Constitutional scholar with a great respect for the Constitution – something we desperately need after Bush.
    Obama is a leader. He will, I believe, be a great President.

    I’m excited and hopeful for the first time in my adult life, that I will be alive to see such a President. I just ordered a large 17″ poster of Obama framed in mahogany. It will be hung above my sofa in my office, next to a photo of FDR and an 1890s photo of one of the first women attorneys. Since law is a second career for me, I may never rise to the heights of these people, but they inspire me.

  116. ugogirl

    Red and yellow, black and white …. don’t matter who’s wearin’ it, that is one ugly assed dress.

  117. ButtUglyMichelle

    This “Worship and adoration” of Obama is akin to what took place in Germany in the 1930′s. Hitler appealed to the massess with his great oratory skills; he was however, just like Barack Hussein Obamaa very short on substance. Many hours of wonderful oration “Yes we can”, “Ready for change” etc etc but no real policies. Wait for another 4 years to see the horrible mess he will have dragged the United Socialist States of America into!!

  118. ButtUglyMichelle

    As the son of the Muslim father, Obama was born a Muslim under Muslim law as it is universally understood. It makes no difference that, as Obama has written, his father said he renounced his religion.

    Likewise, under Muslim law based on the Koran his mother’s Christian background is irrelevant.

    Of course, as most Americans understand it, Obama is not a Muslim. He chose to become a Christian, and indeed has written convincingly to explain how he arrived at his choice and how important his Christian faith is to him.

    His conversion, however, was a crime in Muslim eyes; it is “irtidad” or “ridda,” usually translated from the Arabic as “apostasy,” but with connotations of rebellion and treason. Indeed, it is the worst of all crimes that a Muslim can commit, worse than murder (which the victim’s family may choose to forgive).

    With few exceptions, the jurists of all Sunni and Shiite schools prescribe execution for all adults who leave the faith not under duress; the recommended punishment is beheading at the hands of a cleric, although in recent years there have been both stonings and hangings. ….

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