Here's what I think: First Fashion


First Lady, Michelle Obama has certainly made her mark as a fashion icon in the first two months of her husband's presidency. She has dazzled the world with her elegant taste and leaves us all apparently on the edge of our seats to see "what will she wear next."

As a young woman with an interest in fashion, I appreciate Mrs. Obama's style; however, I find it disconcerting that the only interest the nation seems to have in our First Lady is in what she is wearing.

"What will Michelle wear to the inauguration ball?"

"Michelle Obama hosts foreign leaders at the white house, what will she wear to greet them?"

"What will Mrs. O wear to have tea with the Queen?"

Does anyone want to know what our First Lady talks about with these leaders? Does anyone care that she graduated from Harvard Law school? That she was the founding executive director of the Chicago chapter of Public Allies -- an AmeriCorps program that prepares youth for public service?

I do.

Not that I'm not interested in what she's wearing, just like everyone else. I appreciate good fashion and I think Mrs. Obama is an excellent example of classic style. If Elle Magazine, or InStyle wants to do a story about the fashion sense of our First Lady, have at it. If E! News wants to follow the inauguration balls and report on the apparel choices of the presidential couple, that's perfectly appropriate. But let's keep the fashion reports here where they belong and off general news programming.

I would appreciate seeing a story on what platform issues Mrs. Obama tends to focus on during her husband's presidency.

According to www.whitehouse.gov, Mrs. Obama intends to work on issues such as supporting military families, helping working women balance career and family, and encouraging national service. Personally, I would like to hear about how she intends to do these things. She is a smart and capable woman and her opinions deserve to be heard.

Let's all focus less on her wardrobe and more on what she is going to be able to accomplish as the First Lady. The news is the news, and what Mrs. Obama chooses to wear to Sunday mass doesn't seem like hard hitting journalism to me.

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