Category Archives: President Barack Obama

President and Michelle Obama interview with Barbara Walters

Barbara Walters interviews the Obamas (Official White House Photo/Peter Souza)

Last night, an interview of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama sitting down in the White House with Barbara Walters was aired on ABC. Barbara Walters has been interviewing the First Ladies on the United Sates since former First Lady Pat Nixon. In this joint interview, the first couple was asked about their life in the White House. To view a complete video and transcript for this interview, click here.

(Official White House Photo/Peter Souza)

In part on the interview, Barbara Walters asked Michelle if she grew sick of all the talk about her “toned arms,” to which Mrs. Obama replied that she will never get sick of it, reassuring that she is still a normal woman, and still enjoys a compliment. It was exciting to see how Michelle even brought fashion into her response, by adding, “I still wear what I like and enjoy, and I thought this dress is pretty. And in fact, my, my husband, he liked this dress.” To which President Obama replied, “It’s a nice looking dress.”

For this interview, Michelle was dressed in a chocolate colored, pleated chiffon dress adorned with black, velvet trim. She accented this look with an Alex Bittar brooch at the collar and a thick, silver belt at her waistline.

What do you think about this look? Do you agree with President Obama, is this “a nice looking dress”?

Michelle Obama: Mod and Modest in Indonesia

President and First Lady Obama with the President and First Lady of Indonesia (Jim Watson/Getty Images)

Earlier today, President and First Lady Obama arrived in Jakarta, Indonesia, the world’s largest democracy, for a three-day visit. They began their day with a meeting of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and First Lady Ani Yudhoyono of Indonesia during an official arrival ceremony held at the State Palace Complex Istana Merdeka. After this meeting, the two presidents are expected to share a conversation about security and economic issues. Any ideas on what they first ladies will discuss?

For this first appearance in Indonesia, the lady looks magnificently stunning, while still respectful of the Indonesian culture. Michelle was dressed in a black and red patterned dress with pleating at the center of the waistline, a slenderizing look. Under this dress, she wore a pair of loose fitting, black trousers. If Michelle were wearing this garment in America, she would simply wear the dress alone; however, I think this pairing of pants with dresses is quite chic. I, myself, would be too afraid to wear this avant-garde fashion on the streets, but Michelle is much more daring with her style than I am. Hopefully, Michelle will bring this look back to the states! What do you think about it?

As far as President Obama goes, he definitely let me down with his outfit. He did not change from the same suit he was wearing this morning. Sadly, he did not even change his tie. His golden beige tie matched Michelle’s dress this morning, and it is a shame he did not switch into a red tie to match Mrs. Obama once again. After all, President Yudhoyono even chose a tie to match his wife’s blue dress.

The Obamas are off to Indonesia

President and First Lady Obama (Getty Images)

After an event filled three days in India, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama boarded Air Force One this morning in route to Indonesia. The president and first lady are on a ten day Asia tour which includes these visits in India and Indonesia and is to be followed by stops in South Korea and Japan.

When boarding Air Force One, Mrs. Obama was dressed in an intricately designed beige frock. This dress featured lateral seaming, three quarter-length, raglan sleeves, and a lace up back. What’s the word for this dress? Slimming! Raglan sleeves give the shoulder frame a narrow appearance, while lateral seaming creates a long and lean silhouette for any figure. This dress looks fabulous on Michelle, as well as comfortable for a plane ride. She accented this simple colored dress by adding her bright, floral Alexis Bittar pin (available here), also worn yesterday, and a pair of matching kitten heels.

I usually do not mention the fashion choices of President Obama, as he normally sticks with his simple business suits for tours such as this. However, take a look at the president’s tie this morning. Perhaps he wanted to match Michelle today?

What do you think?

President and Michelle Obama dance in India

Michelle Obama dances

Michelle Obama dances with the children in India (Reuters)

President and Michelle Obama were very active yesterday in India, their second day on the couple’s tour of the country, and Michelle’s outfit changes testify to it. The president and first lady began their day at Holy Name High School, located in Mumbai, where they participated in a Diwali celebration, which included dancing with a group of children. Take a look at the video below to view Michelle Obama dancing, and even see President Obama join in at the end of the video!

For this exciting event, Michelle was dressed in a black and white, textured dress paired with a bright pink cardigan. With this ensemble, she wore a chunky Tropical Punch necklace, designed once again by Ericson Beamon. Michelle has been wearing quite a few pieces by this designer lately; perhaps he is becoming one of her favorite designers?

After this fun activity, President Obama and Michelle visited St. Xavier’s College in New Delhi where Mrs. Obama delivered an address to a crowd of students. For this speech, Michelle exchanged her pink cardigan for a black and white blazer, a perfect match to her dress. She then cinched in her upper torso with a skinny black belt. Michelle looks great in this modern twist of a dress suit.

Finally, after their duties as president and first lady concluded, the couple took a stroll, hand in hand, in New Delhi, touring Humayun’s Tomb. Michelle changed again for this casual afternoon walk. This time, she wore a Paul Som custom, pastel blue dress with detailed pleating at the waist. She added a matching cardigan with an embellished brooch to complete this outfit.

Preisdent Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama

Preisdent Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama (Jim Watson/Getty Images)

It is nice to see Michelle dancing around and not afraid to completely be herself, even when in another country. These two ensembles show that Michelle likes the classic styles with a bit of pizazz thrown into the mix, such as her bright cardigan and chunky necklace.  This first lady has a wardrobe with a wide variety! What do you think about the Mrs. Obama’s  fashion choices?

Obama Fashion on the Campaign Trail

President Obama and Michelle (Saul Loeb/Getty Images)

Yesterday afternoon, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hit the campaign trail together! The first couple traveled to Cleveland, Ohio to speak at a Democratic fundraiser, supporting Governor Strickland. After this event, the president and first lady headed to Columbus for a Democratic National Convention rally.

President Obama kept his usual, professional look, wearing slacks, button-down shirt and sport coat. However, he chose to go without a tie for this occasion. Michelle paired an inverted, lace top with blue trousers and ballet flats. What is interesting about this look? Well, we’ve actually seen this blouse on Michelle before, quite recently actually. Earlier in October, Mrs. Obama wore this top as she departed Camp David; however, last time, she wore the top the opposite direction. The first lady has a flip flop blouse that can be worn either way! I definitely prefer the lace in front.

Long and Lean

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama (Larry Downing/Reuters)

Tuesday evening, September 21st, the first lady joined President Obama at The White House in presenting the Medal of Honor posthumously to the sons of United States Air Force chief master sergeant Richard Etchberg for his courage and bravery while serving in Laos in March of 1968. Etchberg died saving three of his fellow airmen. However, his heroic deeds have been kept hidden away for over 40 years because his Vietnam-era mission was secret.

At this event, the first lady blue and green Barbara Tfank dress with a sweetheart neckline and high-waist vertical pleating. She added her classic double-strand of pearls to this ensemble, completing her posh look. This style lookks great on Mivhelle! The long vrtyical pleating on the dress in flattering to any woman’s figure; the pleating presents the allusion of a longer body rather than a wider frame.

This dress was in Barbara Tfank’s 2010 fall collection. Do you like this designer’s fashion taste? Does it fit Mrs. Obama’s style?

Going to the Chapel

The Obama family

The Obama family (Dennis Brack-Pool/Getty Images)

President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their two daughters, Sasha and Malia, attended a church service Sunday morning at St.John’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. Luckily, the President had no public events scheduled for the day!

For this occasion, Michelle chose to wear a bright, floral Thakoon dress. Completing her ensemble, Mrs. Obama accessorized with a double strand of pearls, soft green pumps and covered up with a beige. Sasha and Malia each wore a sundress paired with a cardigan, and President Obama wore a fashionable suit with a double-button sport jacket, in the style popularized by JFK in the early 60’s.

I wonder if Mrs. Obama helped dress her daughters this morning? This style of sundress paired with a cardigan has “Michelle” written all over it. However, the cardigan, a look popularized by the first lady in 2009, is the perfect cover-up for a sun dress at this time of year; the girls look great! Michelle, on the other hand, what was she thinking? Newsflash! It’s September now and our summer colors are back in the closet. In my opinion, this dress is too bright and flowery for this time of year, but to each his own, I suppose.

How do you think the first family looks? Fashionably correct?

On A Trend of Hollywood Glam

President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama

President and Michelle Obama (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

Wow! Goodbye pantsuits and hello movie star glam! First Lady Michelle Obama looked absolutely stunning Saturday night, September 18th,  at the annual Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Phoenix Awards dinner. Judging from the smile on President Obama’s face, it looks like he agrees.

This empire waist gown looks absolutely flawless on Mrs. Obama’s silhouette.; it accentuates her waist makes her legs look a mile long!She kept her hair pinned back, much like her faux bob of last year, and accessorized this look with dramatic earrings. To add even more to this amazing look, the gown was red! It seems that this bold red has become a signature look of Michelle. This color has yet to fail her! I give this look 2 thumbs up!

Do you like this new “Hollywood Glamour” the first lady is trying out?

Stylish Shine or Bright Bulge?

Michelle Obama (Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

Wednesday night, September 15th, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attended the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 33rd Annual Awards Gala at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. President Obama not only attended, but also spoke at this event. Along with the first couple, other popular figures in the audience included Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and actress Eva Longoria Parker.

For this occasion, Michelle opted for a metallic look, one of this season’s hottest trends, according to Vogue. She strutted onto the stage in a bronze, sequin dress by one of her favorite designers, Moschino. This look was accentuated by her dazzling, round earrings and gold, peep-toe pumps. President Obama chose to keep his look classic, wearing a traditional double-button tuxedo.

I’m a fan of President Obama’s classic double-button tux; this double-button jacket, popularized by Kennedy in the 1960’s, looks great on almost any man’s physique. However, what was Michelle thinking? This look might go over well on the runway, but not on Michelle’s pear silhouette. The shininess of this dress draws the viewers attention to bulges and problem areas that would otherwise go unnoticed. In my opinion, this dress could only be carried off by incredibly thin supermodels. Good try, Michelle! Maybe you’ll get it next time.

However, this is just my opinion. How do you think Mrs. Obama looks? Fashionably correct?