The protect-Obama industry is getting a much-needed boost from none other than former First Lady Michelle, who embarks on another leg of her tour hawking her memoir, Becoming. Michelle leaves behind her previous egregious get-up of thigh-high yellow spike-heeled boots and satin shirt dress and embraces her jammy pants.
She is not your everyday fashionista, unless WalMart-at-3am style catches your fancy. But let’s give credit to our erstwhile first lady for parading around on the international stage for up-and-coming fashion designers. It’s a risk Michelle has met head-on since landing in the White House, and promoting new fashion blood is an honorable endeavor.
But her style is not as fascinating as the ticket prices she charges – and gets – to discuss a lackluster two terms of accomplishments. Cheap seats are selling for more than $100; a meet-and-greet during a gig in Newark, NJ, goes for the special price of $2,500; fans can shell out a mere $4,200 to relax in a suite far away from the commoners in the audience.
Nice Work, If You Can Get It
Michelle married a man who would become the first (that we know of) biracial president of the United States of America. A huge step, or so the nation believed, in barreling toward greater harmony between all colors and creeds. Some might say that that did not happen. Mrs. Obama is a smart cookie, though, studied hard, attended a prestigious university, had a decent job – and then followed her husband into politics. Certainly more of a sidekick than an equal, she had two beautiful children and put her own life on the back burner. Sounds more like a stereotypical conservative wife than a woman Democrats would hold in the highest esteem.
Her goals and achievements at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue include, but are not limited to, cultivating a vegetable garden, destroying the American school lunch program to combat child obesity, and promoting causes that had no downside risk — eradicating child poverty, making education great again, and soft-peddling equal rights for all. Hard to argue with her safe choices.
Post-White House, our former first lady is a name on a few charitable boards and scheming with her hubby to produce radical-left programming for Netflix. Yet somehow, the commodity of Michelle is raking in big bucks and filling venues, a stark contrast to her husband’s rallies with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on the 2016 campaign trail. Perhaps Michelle is simply more popular. And her presence is the only existential proof of President Obama’s radical legacy, whose record is daily and loudly being ripped apart by the current Commander-in-Chief.
Who Spends Thousands on Pajamas?
Of course, huge crowds and adoring fans – wealthy adoring fans – may simply want to bask in Michelle’s down-to-earth fashion sense and gaze upon her most interesting choices.
And brace yourselves, dear reader, one can finally consult a fashion psychologist, Professor Carolyn Mair PhD, on why people wear what the general population would find offputting. Dr. Mair created the first-ever degreed program in this field, so let’s thank this professor of psychology at the University of the Arts, London, for this assessment:
“Michelle Obama’s character is all about authenticity and intimacy, so it’s an utterly deliberate choice. A pair of pyjamas worn on stage makes you feel as if you are in a private moment even if you’re surrounded by 10,000 people.”
But I still would not pay $4,200 – or even $100 — to hang out with the former first lady in her fancy jammies to talk about her vegetable garden. Would you?