Thursday, May 3, 2012

The spending habits of candidates' wives

The left made a big deal about Ann Romney wearing an expensive shirt recently.  Much like focusing on dog stories, it turns out that's not a great idea if they want to help President Obama get reelected.

First, it turns out Michelle Obama really likes expensive clothing. 
From Balenciaga and Helmut Lang to Michael Kors and Marchesa, the first lady has been known to wear some big name, and expensive, designer fashions. Last week alone, Mrs. Obama was spotted in two different L’Wren Scott cardigans, priced between $2,000 and $3,000.

Last Thursday, Mrs. Obama wore the designer’s peach embroidered cardigan to a Take Your Child to Work Day event at the White House. The very next day she wore another, similar version in white with red embellishment to greet troops at Fort Stewart, in Georgia, with the president.
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Mrs. Obama is familiar with the public tweaking for her pricey choices. During her Hawaiian vacation last December, the first lady was spotted wearing an almost $2,000 sundress by designer Sophie Theallet to church on Christmas day. Later, she allegedly donned a $950 Comme des Garcons skirt for a visit with troops and their families.
Source here.

Michelle doesn't limit her expensive tastes to clothing, though. 
From Jodi Kantor’s The Obamas, pages 90–91:

Even the president made uncomfortable jokes about why his wife needed so many things. Behind the scenes, aides said, the Obamas were concerned about money: the president’s books could only sell so many copies, and it would be years until he could write more and the first lady could write her own. From vacation rental homes big enough to accommodate the Secret Service to all the personal entertaining they did at the White House, their lifestyle had grown fearsomely expensive.
Source here.

Now that is expensive, and that's given mostly free travel and other expenses charged to the taxpayer.

I'm still baffled by the idea from the Left that I should be more concerned with how the Romneys spend their own money than about how the Obamas spend mine.

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