But this outcry begs the question, should the President and first lady be allowed to be regular folk? I have to keep reminding myself that it is 2009. We live in an era of reality TV and YouTube, where almost anything goes, and yet the first lady baring her upper arms is questioned? Go back thirtysomething years and you’ll see that Jackie Kennedy wore the same type of sleeveless shift dresses that Michelle is donning now. And, gasp, you sometimes saw her knees too!
So why have we taken two steps forward by electing the first African-American president and one giant leap back by questioning his wife’s laid-back style? While I am not suggesting that Michelle loosens up to the point where she stars in a Girls Gone Wild video or eats slugs on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, why can’t she dress casually on a family vacation on a 90-degree day?
Some say the shorts were OK when she was standing at the edge of the Grand Canyon, but that it was inappropriate for her to wear the same outfit as she descended the steps of Air Force One. Michelle just can’t win. She was criticized for this, yet she was ridiculed earlier in the summer when did change outfits on the plane before touching down in Europe.
As the health care debate rages on, and the recession continues to force people out of their homes and jobs, I think we have more imperative things to concern ourselves with than a flash of first lady thigh. And more importantly, if we’re questioning Michelle’s shorts, should Obama wear a swimsuit on the beach? My vote: Yes, he can.