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Sep172009

Bold and Beautiful (Update)

Image by Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

This afternoon the President and First Lady Mrs. O attended a Medal of Honor ceremony for U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Jared C. Monti who was killed in Afghanistan in June 2006. For the occasion, Mrs. O debuted a new floral frock in a bold, red rose print, accessorized with green kitten heels and chandelier earrings.

Update: Thanks to Leslie who has observed similarity in the print of this DVF dress and the one Mrs. O is wearing above. The cuts are of course different, but the prints bear a striking resemblance. We will look into this and report back. 

Image by Win McNamee / Getty Images

Later in the day, First Lady Mrs. O shopped for fruits and veggies at the opening of a new farmer's market two blocks from the White House. The new market will be open every Thursday for the next seven weeks. Note that Mrs. O's shopping basket matched her dressed down ensemble. Perhaps a coincidence, but a stylish one!

Mrs. O spoke at the opening of the Farmers' Market, sharing:

"You know, when we decided to plant the White House garden, we thought it would be a great way to educate kids about eating more healthy. Right, kids? Vegetables? Yay for vegetables! But as it turned out, the garden has turned into so much more than we could have ever expected, and it's a really fun thing to do as well. This has been one of the greatest things that I've done in my life so far. It's just been a tremendous honor, and working with the kids in the D.C. community and hearing how they've learned and how they're growing and how they're sharing the information with their families just warms my heart and makes me hopeful for the future."

For the full remarks, click here. Also, as observed in the comments, Mrs. O appears to be carrying a Bolga Market basket, traditionally woven in the Northern Ghana town of Bolgatanga.

Reader Comments (142)

I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Mrs O, she looks really good and remains an inspiration.
I really love this outfit but i dont think t suits the occassion, yeah the honoree's mum was wearing red, but it was a red suit. Even if it wasnt a suit, mrs obama holds a prestegious office as FLOTUS and all eyes will be on her and not the honorees Mum.

Mrs O looks like shes on a date with her husband or maybe to have lunch with her girlfriends...sex and the city style.
Perharps she needs a lil advice? guidiance on what to wear to certain occassions
For anyone who wants to have a go at me for airing my opinion....tough luck it is MY opinion and im sticking to it!

Friday, September 18, 2009 at 8:08 AM | Registered CommenterAida

OMG. I am sooooooo running to the mall and getting something bright and colorful! A M A Z I N G!!!!!!!!!!!
The shoes are perfect! The jewelry is perfect... Yes I am drooling over our first lady.

Friday, September 18, 2009 at 8:10 AM | Unregistered CommenterMimi O

Exactly Aida, I totally agree. That's the "problem" with that dress, she looks like she is going on a dinner-date with her husband! Totally gorgeous but not appropriate.

Friday, September 18, 2009 at 8:38 AM | Unregistered CommenterW:TSDH

*Yawn*
You know, this whole thing about Mrs.Obama not being appropriate at certain events is getting kinda old for me right now. She's a young First Lady (or one of the youngest in history compared to others). She's going to perhaps show a little more skin than her predecessors and Jackie Kennedy (also a young first lady) often got a lot of flack for the same thing in her day. I'll bet the parents of the young man being honored (God rest his soul) were perfectly fine with what she wore and were simply happy to have their son's memory honored by the highest post in the land for his service. At the end of the day, that is what really matters. I'm sure there are moments when the same people offering up this criticism could also be criticized every now and then for "not being appropriate" from time to time. Let it go people. Like I have said before, Mrs.Obama is living her life and enjoying it. She's happy in her skin and happy with what she wears and most definitely does not concern herself with the opinions of others. That is the most important thing I see from her in her photo's.

Friday, September 18, 2009 at 8:39 AM | Registered CommenterAri

Mrs.T, just a suggestion would you consider organizing an event for us Mrs.O fans, a weekend retreat or something, and everyone model their favorite or least favorite Mrs. O look . I would take this one!!!!!!

ALL IN FAVOR SAY.........??????!!!!!!!

Friday, September 18, 2009 at 9:30 AM | Registered CommenterTsetse Johnson

Sorry, I agree with a few others that this dress, although flattering, and lovely in cut and colour, wasn't the most appropriate choice for the occasion. I don't think funereal attire was necessary but the combination of the style of the dress, plus the bright floral print, bright shoes, earrings etc. made the whole look a bit irreverent. Nice choice for another occasion, but I think she missed the mark this time.

Friday, September 18, 2009 at 9:37 AM | Unregistered Commenterlann

bitsie, your UID is quite suitable for you - as in you're small-minded and petty. Get a life.

Friday, September 18, 2009 at 9:40 AM | Registered Commentermarabout40

That dress!
Like the market basket, too.

Friday, September 18, 2009 at 10:11 AM | Unregistered CommenterGeorgia

Ari I agree Michelle is a GROWN woman and as another woman I respect her right to dress how she amn well pleases without advice or guidance as if she where a teenager. What a condescending thing to say. I for one do not care for Hillary's pantsuit but I aplaud her for wearing what she likes and what she is comfortable in. I've jumped off the Mrs. O must be PERFECT 24/7 she is'nt but what she is is happy and comfortable and that shows in her demeanor.

Friday, September 18, 2009 at 10:46 AM | Unregistered CommenterThat other Mimi

Mrs. O about to partake in a high profile health care event just after 11. Stay tuned for outfit!

Friday, September 18, 2009 at 11:11 AM | Unregistered CommenterTracy

Yelli - "Zile, Mrs. O does NOT set the standard. The standard was set long before she came to the White House, and in this case, even though the dress is stunning, she should have saved it for another occasion".

I get what your saying but I disagree. The current First Lady ultmately decides what she wears and when she wears it. Every other First Lady has done that so why can't Michelle. If First Ladies always let previous FLOTUS' set the standard then bonnets, hats, gloves, garters belt, etc would be the standard. TIMES CHANGE. What previous First Ladies wear was appropriate back in the day but may be too matronly now. It happens. It just going to take time getting used to a modern, young FLOTUS since we had Laura, Hillary (who had zero fashion sense but I love dearly), Barbara (who was someone's GRANDMA), Nancy (conservative and still caught clack for her one-shoulder dress I believe), Rosalynn, Betty, Pat, and Lady Bird.

Friday, September 18, 2009 at 11:29 AM | Registered CommenterVIctoria Leon

The floral print for the Medal of Honor - great looking dress, good addition to the wardrobe. I agree that this ceremony - Medal of Honor - may not have been the best occasion to debut this dress. The dress in a solid color would have worked.

But she looks great in the dress.

Friday, September 18, 2009 at 11:39 AM | Unregistered Commenterpt821

W:TSDH , your comment is bang on point, very well said

Thatother mimi, i'm sure at some ppoint you have received some advice or guidiance on career, healt, relationships , finances ....but it doesnt mean youre a teenager or you can not make decisions independently is it?

Friday, September 18, 2009 at 12:08 PM | Registered CommenterAida

An interesting piece on Isabel Toledo talking about the dress Mrs O wore for the inauguration ceremony

http://edition.cnn.com/video/

Friday, September 18, 2009 at 12:08 PM | Registered Commentertoscanaremi

well the red suit is a very formal attire. Just because it's red doesn't mean it's casual. But first lady's dress, though stunning on her, seems not as formal. This is not a funeral but wearing something more formal seems more respectful to me.

Friday, September 18, 2009 at 12:17 PM | Unregistered Commenteranar

I find it funny that anonymous bloggers feel like they have a better idea of what is appropriate or not for events at the White House. I would love to know what some of these people on here do for a living and where they live...it'll provide some context.

l don't know about most people, but if I ever received an invite for an event like this (or just about any event) at the White House, I'd have no idea what to wear, and would end up in a solid color suit, just like the outfit the fallen hero's mom is wearing, as a way to play it safe.

In the end, however, playing it safe doesn't mean it's the only way to play. That's what I'm learning from Mrs. O when it comes to clothes.

Friday, September 18, 2009 at 12:35 PM | Registered CommenterIVA

It is so nice to see Mrs. O demonstrating healthy habits through her garden and farmers market shopping. Supporting local markets not only helps lower our carbon footprints but also helps sustain small farms in the area that may not be receiving some of the big subsidies offered to large farms in the US. The healthcare debate and the public option may be stalled due to bipartisan views, but I like that Mrs. O is setting an example. Her act may be a small step for one person but it is huge when you are under the public microscope and your every move does influence the overall population. Keep up the good work Mrs. O.

Friday, September 18, 2009 at 12:39 PM | Unregistered CommenterMarta

Just saw the FLOTUS giving a speech about healthcare. Her makeup looks fabulous (she has on her eyelashes) but she looks like she is wearing tire tread around her waist. The sweater color was an unusual green and the blouse looked sweet but that belt ruined the overall look for me.

Please don;t get into a debate over "to belt or not to belt", this is simply an observation and personal opinion.

Friday, September 18, 2009 at 12:41 PM | Unregistered Commentercanyongal

For what it's worth, I knew when I saw this dress that some people would say it was inappropriate to the occasion, and I may lean toward agreeing with that sentiment. It does seem slightly more festive than I personally would dress on such an occasion. And to me, it looks like the shoes don't match.

But the dress is to die. She looks great.

Friday, September 18, 2009 at 12:46 PM | Registered CommenterChristina

Yall are some of the MOST boring women I have read about in my life.Yall act like her boobs are sitting out, its a darn dress, a simple dress!! Yall act like she should be in a nuns outfit all the darn time. SHe is a 45 year old WOMAN she does not need any of you loney women to tell her what she should wear to certain events. SHe is not a child, she is a grown a** woman, NOT a child.

SOme of yall act like republicans who have so much lack of respect for them, trying to tell GROWN people what THEY should wear. I can just imagine what women on here dress like, boring, stuffy, prudes, who have not an OUNCE of taste. The mother of the son that died was not in a nuns outift, so why should the FIRST LASY BE IN ONE. Death is not time to wear ugly black its time to celebrate life. Most of yall should be republican talk show host because yall arguements are crazy. I still cannot believe people are telling a grown woman what is appropriate for HER to wear. Such condenscending...

Who died and made yall the APPROPRIATE police? THank GOd she is going to wear her sleeveless dresses everywhere she pleases. THis is not the 1900's this is 2009, some of you need to catch up to the new era. Yall say she cannot wear short because they are not "appopriate" on a hot a** summer day in Arizona, she cannot wear a sleevless dress because its not too boring for an event. She cannot wear a basic sweater and skirt to Teddy funeral that is not "appropriate" enough. WHat the heck is appropriate enough for her to wear? Since you all know so much about "appropriateness."

Friday, September 18, 2009 at 12:59 PM | Registered CommenterM.M.

Mia, come on. Deep breaths. First of all, your opinion is no better or worse than anyone else's. Just like we're not the "appropriate" police for MO, you don't have to be an enforcer of anyone else's thoughts.

Second, there's a LOT of difference between saying "it's not quite appropriate to the occasion" and saying she needed to be swaddled up like a nun.

I am quite sure that you have party clothes in your closet, and clothes that you would wear to work. I am sure you know the difference between clothes that you wear for one occasion vs. another. This is a dress I personally would not have worn at this particular occasion, even though it is no question, a very pretty dress. There's no more drama to my opinion than that.

But I do want to know who made it.

Friday, September 18, 2009 at 1:12 PM | Registered CommenterChristina

She never wins, does she?!? Last week, many people said her suit was too matronly. This week she went back to something an overwhelming majority love, and you have people saying she was inappropriate. I think she looked beautiful and went beyond the mark. Anytime she gives us "something to talk about" she has succeeded!

Friday, September 18, 2009 at 1:15 PM | Registered CommenterDoc Sue

Aida,

Yes I have received advice but when that advice is mean and condescending I've often disregarded it. I received advice from older aunts telling me not to wear my hair curly, that I should wear it straight and that advice goes in one ear and OUT the other. Advice is fine when it comes from a good place and not a place to demean.

Friday, September 18, 2009 at 1:23 PM | Unregistered CommenterThat other Mimi

Well, its a bit of a zinger of a dress. One of the nicest and the most flattering I have Seen Mrs O wear. Not what I would have expected for a ceremony. But who knows: maybe the mother of Jared Ponti sent the message that everyone should dress brightly to express joy.

That being said, the first lady is indeed setting new standards for arms, necklines, etc. Nothing boring anymore. Its more entertaining to watch than Cindy McCain's repetitive, but lovely St. John suits.

What I particularly like, is that a new life has been breathed into what used to be called "costume jewelry." The first lady has really revived interest in "vintage" pieces."

Friday, September 18, 2009 at 1:34 PM | Unregistered Commenterkbarch

As much as I admire Mrs. Obama and respect her as our First Lady, I think the dress
she wore to such a solemn ceremony honoring a deceased Medal of Honor was very
inappropriate. In respect for the soldier and his family, she should have worn something
subdued and covered her bare shoulders with a jacket...she looks as though she is
going to attend a luncheon in a resort. While I am on the subject, I was really appalled when
she disembarked Air Force One wearing those shorts!!..come on now, slip on a light skirt over them
or something befitting being a guest on Air Force One. If I was invited on that flight, no way would
I wear shorts, it's disrepectful to the office. She looked stunningly beautiful today! inappropriate dress however.

Friday, September 18, 2009 at 1:43 PM | Unregistered CommenterYuriko

I notice that most of the commenters who are against the dress are not regular familiar visitors and so I get a heady whiff of troll doll, coming here to dump venom. And yes I know some of you aren't newbies.

But anyway, bitsie, if that's the kind of dress you'd wear to a nightclub it's fair to say that you have no idea how to dress for ANY occasion. It would be better if you stayed home and did something useful. Bite your nails or something.

Mia Monte, I love you. You wrote a wonderful post that was apposite, to the point AND made me laugh out loud. I thank you.

"she is a grown a** woman..."

My new favourite phrase. It's official.

Friday, September 18, 2009 at 1:45 PM | Registered CommenterPosh Tater

The orange floral dress is a knock-out. Perfect fit. Perfect compliment to her skin tone. And, of course, the perfectly matched Presidential tie.

Friday, September 18, 2009 at 1:48 PM | Registered CommenterWillow

Red is the color of courage, which is probably why the soldier's mother chose her suit. So let's not say that Mrs. O's dress was comparable, because it's like comparing apples to oranges.

Friday, September 18, 2009 at 3:03 PM | Unregistered CommenterChristen

I know some opinions on appropriate are I am sure are heartfelt, however I believe strongly that many are the republican "trolls" who are getting paid to vent the conservative talking points throughout the world wide web. This particular talking point hinges on conveying that see you elected this nontraditional president, hence we now have a first lady who does not know traditional standards; aka for how "WE" have done things. Can't you see it's another tool of division. Why that's not the way "WE" would dress at such event.

To those who's honest opinion is that there is a "standard" sort of outfit for certain events, will you ask yourself "whose standards"? Who set these standards? What makes these standards correct? Does Mrs O have any leeway to set her own standard of appropriate? Who gets to define the term appropriate? Does Mrs O have any right to define appropriate? Do woman of today have any opportunity to add to the appropriate gospel?

Friday, September 18, 2009 at 3:56 PM | Unregistered CommenterBoazwife

This is Pt 2 of my comments as I am on my Iphone and my previous comment is stuck in moderation and I can not sign in, but I digress.

Again to those whose honest thoughts are hey luv the outfit, but it's inappropriate? Is the inappropriate your opinion of what you think is standard or is it based on what previous first ladies have worn, therefore your opinion is based a standard set by those who are First Ladies? Or is it the standards of those who have previously styled first ladies.

I think this is where a lot of the angst that you can hear in some of the comments decrying the inappropriate comments; it is very difficult to understand how a standard that is just an opinion is a standard this First Lady has not upheld.

Friday, September 18, 2009 at 4:19 PM | Unregistered CommenterBoazwife

It is interesting that Jacqueline Kennedy, to the manor (and manner) born, raised very well and sent to finishing school, would have felt it necessary to have an older woman advise her on protocol and a particular designer - Oleg Cassini - counsel her on appropriate dress for the occasions that she'd be encountering. She sought guidance.

I don't see that it is a slam against Mrs. O to say that she looks good in something - and this print dress is very good, extremely flattering - but that it is not appropriate for the occasion. I wonder how many of us would wear something this flamboyant to such a solemn White House ceremony if we were even an invited guest? As for the mother's wearing red, that was her prerogative as it was about her son. Appearing to outshine her, to draw attention from her, was surely not intentional, but not cool either.

Protocol, appropriateness, and all the other buzz words have to do with polite society. Developed over time, tweaked here and there, but whether or not a woman observes these conventions tends to label her - even in Chicago or a small town in Iowa.

Friday, September 18, 2009 at 5:22 PM | Unregistered CommenterBeeGee

You know, the reaction to this dress wasn't even as strong as the reaction to those damn shorts, which I'm sad to see have come up YET AGAIN. I don't get what the big deal is this time around; there are always going to be people who like a dress or don't like it. I think it's a fabulous dress, myself. I'm less concerned about it looking like a party dress than I am with those shoes, to be honest. I wish she had worn some gray ones.

Friday, September 18, 2009 at 5:25 PM | Registered CommenterChristina

She looks glamourous. But it was a sad ocasion, and that dress was a happy dress. A minus for me.

Friday, September 18, 2009 at 6:26 PM | Unregistered Commenterjenh

The mother of the dead soldier was wearing a red suit! So, it seemed everybody was wearing red that day, for it seems very appropriate to me.

Friday, September 18, 2009 at 7:50 PM | Unregistered Commenterred

Absolutely spot on Posh Tater and Boazwife!

There is indeed that heavy 'hint' of non-acceptance of the First lady and the President of course, that continues to be the underlying message in many of the talking points from the opposition and their supporters. Their aggressive presence, online and otherwise, including on this blog, cannot be offhandedly dismissed.

As much as we may choose to ignore or wish it all away because it's all just so uncomfortable, it is very much rooted in race and class;

Perceptions, stereotypes, entitlement, resentment, fear, greed, loss of power, manipulation, deliberate misrepresentation, illiteracy, ignorance, conscious and subconscious bigotry; all converge to create this deafening muffle that's dangerously veering into the mainstream of America's consciousness and threatens to do such irreparable damage to our country.

And for those who incite, the active participants and those who power and inabit this mindset, Mrs Obama will never, ever cut it; The details, specifics or circumstances do not matter and never will.

It is very sad indeed; But even sadder and more disheartening, the idea that many among them call themselves: 'good, God-fearing Christians'.

Friday, September 18, 2009 at 7:58 PM | Registered CommenterAudrey

bee gee:

Oleg Cassin has a website, those who like his fashion style should go there. Why do you not get it; this website is devoted to following the fashion of Mrs O., what and whom SHE is wearing. It is HER fashion sense that is drawing people to this site not that of some stylist or some stylist's standard or some stylist's sense of appropriate.

Please answer me ONE question: why do you come on this site. At some point shouldn't you say to yourself that you do not want to follow the fashion of Mrs O. Perhaps you can form your own website, maybe call it The fashion of Mrs O., is it appropriate; does it pass the standards. Or better yet: Follow the fashion of Mrs O., who and what she should be wearing.

Seriously, scroll to the top of this page and read what this website is all about. No one is saying you have to like the fashion of Mrs O., I am just saying You do realize you are at a site that is devoted to following the fashion of Mrs O, not one that is devoted to the fashion of that unknown invisible hand that deems what is appropriate fashion for first ladies of the United States and what are the standards that they should dress by. There you go BeeGee you and your clan, that is the perfect website for you:

"The Fashion of First Ladies, What is Appropriate and Who Has Set the Standard". you have my permission BeeGee you run with that idea it better suits you then this particular website, do you not agree?

Friday, September 18, 2009 at 9:37 PM | Registered Commenterboazwife

It wasn't really the *color* of the dress that made me think that it was slightly inappropriate to the occasion. It was the overall style and styling of it. It's the type of dress and jewelry I would wear to a more festive event (and would hope to look half as good as MO!)

But it wasn't like I looked at it and thought, "ew, red" or "ew, print." Red is fine, prints are fine. It's the whole package.

Here's a photo essay about the young man who was honored. I heard a story about him on NPR and it was heartbreaking. We're of course here to talk about fashion and I understand that, but when I reflect on the event that we're all fussing about, I'm humbled by his sacrifice and the sacrifice of his parents, and a little embarrassed that I've talked more about a dress than about SSgt Jared C. Monti. Peace to him and his family.

http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/photofeatures/2009/09/medal-of-honor-staff-sergeant-jared-c-monti.php?img=1

Friday, September 18, 2009 at 10:11 PM | Registered CommenterChristina

Oleg Cassini was not a fashion consultant to Mrs. Kennedy. He designed many of her clothes, not all of them.

Mrs. Obama looks beautiful in both outfits.

Friday, September 18, 2009 at 10:27 PM | Unregistered CommenterSuze

Floral dress: Big hit. Beautiful.

Friday, September 18, 2009 at 11:04 PM | Unregistered CommenterAneriz

You know it's funny....

Is it possible that honoring a life and celebrating a life are one in the same for some people? Is it possible that celebrating a life, remembering someone three years after their passing, celebrating all they gave to their country, is different from a memorial service. This occasion was a happy occasion, tinged with sadness. Maybe our FLOTUS, who according to many has sooooo much to learn about protocol and appropriateness, thought that a celebration of life was what was in order.

Oh and I don't know what clubs you ladies attend, but no one under 50, who considers themselves fashionable, stylish or alive, would wear that to a club.

Yet again, here is proof that this woman can't win so she may as well wear whatever she likes.

Friday, September 18, 2009 at 11:46 PM | Unregistered CommenterMichelleToo

The dress looks very nice on Mrs. Obama, but it's inappropriate for this occasion. Something not with a print, with some sleeves, and a slightly higher neckline would've been right.

Friday, September 18, 2009 at 11:50 PM | Registered CommenterMara

Oleg Cassini, who was born in 1913 and has been dead for three years, was chosen by Jackie Kennedy to design her state wardrobe, as it was called. My point was that Jackie Kennedy realized that she needed guidance in her new role.

I thought the floral print dress Mrs. Obama wore was smashing - one of the most attractive dresses she's worn - and the teal (inauguration) shoes did go with the green in the dress which was sort of teal in the photos I saw elsewhere that was a closeup..

The whole outfit was simply wrong for this occasion. And I am not the only one here holds that opinion.

I believe chips on the shoulder are wrong for this website which Mrs. T goes to a lot of trouble to produce. It should be welcoming. If some "troll" was trying to cause problems at this website, they'd try to drive people away with nasty, unjustified attacks. Sometimes I wonder.

Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 1:13 AM | Unregistered CommenterBeeGee

Gorgeous!!! Beautiful, beautiful dress...again showing the 35+ crowd that there is no age barrier to style.

Has she been losing weight? Hm. Not sure how I fee about that...

Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 1:42 AM | Unregistered Commentersd

I like the view from the back of the dress. The print leaps and the green pumps are a naysayer to matchy-matchy.

I would love to know the designer.

Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 3:47 AM | Registered CommenterMcKinley

I am really getting sick and tired of the fanatics on here who call people names, tell them they are "lonely," or "inadequate," that they have "poor self-esteem" and should "get a life" just because those people don't agree with your opinion. There are ways to disagree in a civilized manner. Try it, you won't sound nearly as nasty and self-important as you do now.

Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 4:50 AM | Unregistered CommenterChristen

If one reads all the comments it is easy to notice among other things that:
1) the number of people who consider the dress unappropriate for the occasion it was worn is significant - I haven't counted but it is almost every other comment
2) none of them says they don't like the dress on Mrs. O - actually most of them say she looks gorgeous with it
3) everyone who disagrees with the choise of dress expresses their opinion with a lot of respect towards Mrs. O and other people opinion.
4) and the most disrespectful comments come from those who try to defend the choice
of dress

I am not trying to point to a direction, I just want to ask people to keep their good manners even when behind the anonymity of their computers. I am pretty sure Mrs. O would not be proud of the language these people use to defend her!

On top of that isn't it pretty obvious that there is a comment section to this site so we can comment?! The site is dedicated to the wonderful fashions of Mrs.O and we come here, we admire them and comment on them!

It would be unrealistic to expect that everyone would like 100% of what she ever wear. See the positive side of it: a discussion can always be enjoyable and fruitfull.

Equally unrealistic would be to believe that Mrs. O does not have anyone who consults her on protocol, that including dressing for different occasions! It's not shameful to be consulted on things -clever and busy people like her and the president depend on intelligence briefings on every issue.

Well, enough said for now :) Enjoy!

Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 5:53 AM | Unregistered CommenterW:TSDH

I did not intend to cast aspersions on Mrs. O. But there has been much comment on this site about what protocol and convention had to do with anything. There are those who are not interested in any of those. Ironically I imagine that Mrs. O, in her new role, is very interested.

There a small number here who have decided to be quasi-moderators. Because some are registered posters, they feel free to post whatever comes into their minds. The rest of us, who for our own reasons do not register anywhere on the internet, submit our posts for moderation as all of us did at one time. Mrs. T is the moderator of this blog. She reads every post that I submit and approves it for posting.

Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 1:26 PM | Unregistered CommenterBeeGee

Audrey: Geez. Rein it in, will ya? I'm afraid you're going to blow a blood vessel.

Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 2:50 PM | Unregistered CommenterChristen

Don't worry your little head about me or my blood vessels Christen, I'll be just fine;

But you must know that you're really not fooling anyone here...?

There is something to be said for not expending an ounce of energy or a lick of time on blogs dedicated to people I disdain; And so there's absolutely no attempt at finagling or suppressing what would be terribly negative feelings.

You on the other hand...?

Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 5:21 PM | Registered CommenterAudrey

Mrs T,
Please, please, please remove "bitsie" from this site permanently. It's one thing to personally not like someone's clothing choice, but it's not acceptable, at least on this site, to say demeaning things about our First Lady. This site is to honor her. So please don't allow anyone whose comments are disrespectful to Mrs O's person to have a voice on this site, block them, don't clear their message to appear here. Thanks!

Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 6:49 PM | Unregistered Commentersheryl

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