March 23, 2009
Quickly reading through my daily blogs this morning I, obviously, started with Fashionista and the first thing I saw was this quote of the day:
“He’s always asking: ‘Is that new? I haven’t seen that before.’ It’s like, Why don’t you mind your own business? Solve world hunger. Get out of my closet.” – Michelle Obama, on dodging her husband’s inquiries about her shopping, to theNew York Times.
This then prompted me to read the NYT article I’d overlooked. Getting to the end of the article (which I found oddly placed below the Politics tab) I realized that I was very, very happy with the nation’s decision to elect the Obamas as the first family.
Obviously this is all my own personal opinion and I know everyone is able to state their own, but I believe that the Obamas were exactly what this country needed in terms of a president and the first family. They’re dose of real. They’re a breath of fresh air from the stuff, daily Oscar de la Renta wearing, drab sense of humor and overall awkward personal relationships we’ve dealt with for far too long.
For so many presidencies (not just saying W’s) the first family has been this secretive, stuck up, stuffy, un-cool, as far from down-to-earth as possible, family that is too scared of being in the public eye that they are as fake as possible to convince the public that they’re happy and just like everyone else.
Well, let me tell you. If you want to prove that you’re just like everyone else, wearing $150,000 outfits, isn’t it. For starters.
Just off of the top of my head, and fresh in my mind from that Times piece, I could form one of those People magazine “They’re Just Like Us!” pages: Barack drinks beer, watches basketball games, builds playgrounds for his daughters, Michelle has curves and recognizes them, tries to cover them up, and works her ass off in the gym to stay fit. As a family they eat at fast food restaurants (not often, though) and they let their kids eat ice cream after school. Plus, you’ve already seen Barack and Michelle in their swimwear, something you probably never would have seen W doing, nor ever really wanted to see.
Now I’m just babbling, but I just thought, after reading that piece, how real this family seems to me. They’re not phony, it’s not a PR stunt, it’s just a real family living in surreal circumstances. After the presidency is over, Michelle will run back to Chicago and buy up half of H&M and J.Crew and Barack will grab a brewsky and sit back and watch ESPN. And, hopefully, they’ll reminisce about a job well done.
October 12, 2008
This cartoon was drawn by Paul Hoppe for the New York Times today and I found it pretty funny. Not only do I remember the time in my life when I was mortified to run into people from school while back-to-school shopping, but I remember yelling at my mom to “just leave” when I didn’t get what I wanted.
Even funnier, now my stuff from the sale rack looks 100 times better than any of the “cool” kids from high school.