March 14, 2008 |
In her first day of Pennsylvania primary campaigning, Michelle Obama brought her husband's "politics of hope" refrain to Philadelphia's suburbs yesterday, hitting many of the notes that have resonated with voters elsewhere in the nation. To high school students in Abington, she was the academic overachiever who dared them to dream big and to share what they reap. To young, professional mothers in Haverford, she played sister in arms, swapping stories of struggling to juggle the demands of marriage, kids and career against a backdrop of thinning wages and evaporating benefits.
January 23, 2013
The fitted-through-the-bodice, navy-blue coat that first lady Michelle Obama wore to Monday's inaugural ceremonies was a work of art. And we can thank Allentown-bred designer Thom Browne for the expertly tailored, perfectly darted custom piece of outerwear. "It's overwhelming," the 48-year-old designer said in an interview with the New York Times from Paris, where he showed his latest men's collection Sunday. "It is one of those rare moments in someone's career that you will always remember.
February 10, 2013 |
CHICAGO - Hundreds of mourners and dignitaries, including first lady Michelle Obama, packed the funeral Saturday for a Chicago honor student whose killing catapulted her into the nation's debate over gun violence. Yet one speaker after another remembered Hadiya Pendleton, 15, not so much as a symbol but as a best friend, an excellent student, and a girl with a bright smile and big personality. They said she was a typical teen who wanted to borrow her friends' clothes and who never left home without her lip gloss.
January 26, 2012 |
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The first major nutritional overhaul of school meals in more than 15 years means most offerings - including the always popular pizza - will come with less sodium, more whole grains, and a wider selection of fruits and vegetables on the side. First lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the new guidelines during a visit Wednesday with elementary students. Michelle Obama, also joined by celebrity chef Rachael Ray, said youngsters would learn better if they don't have growling stomachs at school.
January 18, 2012
WE'VE NEVER seen first lady Michelle Obama yelling or arguing with anyone. So why can't she shake the notion that she's angry? Worse, that she's an angry black woman. If you think about it, it makes no sense. Obama, who turned 48 yesterday, graduated from both Princeton and Harvard and is married to the most powerful man in the world. Her daughters are adorable. Their food - organic - is prepared by White House chefs. She has her own staff and gets to work on causes she's passionate about.
August 26, 2008 |
The 2008 Democratic National Convention opened last night with an impassioned Michelle Obama talking about the values that shaped her husband and the party paying a moving tribute to its cancer-stricken liberal lion, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. Michelle Obama framed the candidate's success story, and her own, as emblematic of the American dream and said he would achieve his goals as president by "reminding us how much we share and how alike we really are. " "You see, Barack doesn't care where you're from, or what your background is," she said.
January 25, 2011 |
Four members of the West Philly Hybrid X Team, which gained national attention last year for performing unexpectedly well in an international fuel-efficiency contest for cars, had been invited to see President Obama announce a new math and science initiative on Sept. 16. Three members made it into the White House. Brandon Ford, the fourth member, forgot to bring his West Philadelphia High School ID, so he wasn't even allowed to enter the White House grounds. What happened to his ID?
April 24, 2009 |
Jason Wu's life definitely changed when Michelle Obama showed up in his one-shouldered, snow-white inaugural ballgown complete with shimmer and over-the-top embellishments. In fact, the 26-year-old has reached household-name status. And not many designers other than Oscar de la Renta, Kenneth Cole, and Donna Karan know that kind of brand recognition. In the fashion industry, that's priceless. "I was in London recently and people recognized me," the designer said yesterday morning, surrounded by local matrons wearing Wu. "I was in Asia and people recognized me. This is amazing for the brand.
August 27, 2008 |
I can't properly assess Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention without first bringing up Drew Westen. Westen, a psychology professor and the author of a recent book titled The Political Brain, sometimes advises Democrats about the importance of connecting emotionally with voters. (The fact that Democrats even need to be advised about this is further proof of why the Republicans usually win presidential elections.) Anyway, Westen recently suggested that Barack Obama badly needs to demonstrate how his own personal story connects with the lives and concerns of the people he aspires to lead.
November 12, 2008 |
While President-elect Barack Obama promises to usher in a new era in American politics, the first lady-to-be already has begun sending strong signals of her own. One thing's for sure. Michelle Obama is about to turn the notion of what is first-lady-appropriate on its staid, pastel-suited head. Actually, she already has. Her choice of a black and fire-engine red Narciso Rodriguez sheath on election night, still hotly debated a week later, is all the proof we need that change is coming to the White House master closet.