What little suck ups the two are. Fact: Michelle Obama cannot dress for s**t. Fact: Prior to Michelle's 'fashion,' the worst outfit I ever saw was Whitney Houston's expanded maxi pad ensemble she wore as "Queen of the Night" in The Bodyguard.
Most of the suck ups have gotten wise and just don't offer opinions on Michelle's disaster choices. But Parnes and Tanabe desperately want to be remembered and, goodness, won't they be. And speaking of crack whores, from the article:
Brandon Holley, editor in chief of Lucky magazine, is sticking up for Obama. Holley told POLITICO she doesn't recall the same scrutiny of what Laura Bush wore as first lady. "What [Obama] has done for American design is incredible," Holley said, especially by bringing relatively unknown designers into prominence. "That's why I think we have no right to question her choices."
If I looked like Suzanne Sommers very ugly clone, I'm not sure anyone would see me as a voice for fashion and taste. Somehow Holley manages to fool them -- or at least Conde Naste. Whether she's wearing her iron curtain bangs or not, Holley's forever a dumpy little thing.
Maybe that's why she thinks Michelle Obama dresses correctly.
As for Laura Bush's outfits, Brandon, the Great Recession gets attention only in 2008 (and past the half-way mark). Had it taken place in 2004 or 2000 (or been recognized as taking place), there would have been an outcry for Laura Bush to wear American designers. I do remember, during the 80s recession, Nancy Reagan made a point to wear American designers. Her favorite (in the White House and before the White House) was James Galanos (Greek-American designer). For the 1985 inauguration, she wore Aldolfo, Galanos and Bill Blass -- all three are American designers. (How do I know, we had to write about in a class. Actually, we had to write about the inauguration and I couldn't stand Reagan or his politics so I wrote about Nancy's clothes.)
Today Bob Somerby explains how Ed Shultz failed at explaining food shortages (Globe and Mail had a good article on that topic yesterday).
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"