For heaven’s sake. I am not posting a picture of Michelle Obama wearing shorts on her family’s recent trip to the Grand Canyon. There are plenty of rocks to look under on the web, and plenty of “news” outlets wringing their hands about her sartorial choices. This Newsweek blog post from Kate Dailey hits the nail on the head. Any alleged controversy about Michelle Obama’s bare legs has been manufactured by hacks who are, first and foremost, interested in dissecting Obama’s body and the clothing that covers it.
Of course, there are over 1,500 comments on that piece, most from people complaining that Obama looks sloppy, is not in shape, should be setting a better example, is raising her daughters to dress disrespectfully, and by the way, Obama’s going to kill your grandma. So maybe the outrage is not manufactured after all. Maybe this country just has a chronic case of the stupids.
I’m off to spend the weekend in my hometown. I will report back if there are any shenanigans – such as middle-aged women wearing shorts.