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Posted by aogThursday, 27 August 2009 at 18:16 TrackBack Ping URL

Pay levels for First Lady Michelle Obama’s staff which totals out near $1.3M/year. Put’s the whole “Palin’s fancy clothes” thing in perspective.

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erp Thursday, 27 August 2009 at 20:09

When you look like Palin, you don’t need fancy clothes and all the advisers and fashion tips in the world won’t help Michelle Obama. That chip on her shoulder is just too darn unattractive.

Annoying Old Guy Friday, 18 September 2009 at 18:42

Cite: The First Lady goes shopping (via Brothers Judd)

Let’s say you’re preparing dinner and you realize with dismay that you don’t have any certified organic Tuscan kale. What to do?

Here’s how Michelle Obama handled this very predicament Thursday afternoon:

The Secret Service and the D.C. police brought in three dozen vehicles and shut down H Street, Vermont Avenue, two lanes of I Street and an entrance to the McPherson Square Metro station. They swept the area, in front of the Department of Veterans Affairs, with bomb-sniffing dogs and installed magnetometers in the middle of the street, put up barricades to keep pedestrians out, and took positions with binoculars atop trucks. Though the produce stand was only a block or so from the White House, the first lady hopped into her armored limousine and pulled into the market amid the wail of sirens.

Then, and only then, could Obama purchase her leafy greens. “Now it’s time to buy some food,” she told several hundred people who came to watch. “Let’s shop!”

AVeryRoughRoadAhead Saturday, 19 September 2009 at 06:20

I don’t think that this item supports the basic premise of this file.

This wasn’t some impulsive shopping trip, this was a previously-scheduled speaking event designed to promote one of the First Lady’s causes. As such, it was similar to anything that Laura Bush or Nancy Reagan might have done, and OF COURSE the Secret Service provided a full array of protection, at gigantic cost to the American Taxpayer. There’s nothing unusual or out of the ordinary about that, at least not as reported in the article.

Speaking of which, first Dana Milbank writes that “promotion of organic and locally grown food [is] an admirable cause”, then proceeds to complain that the prices, at an upscale boutique outlet, are outrageous. Like, duh.

Tracked from Random Jottings: I miss Laura... on 01 September 2009 at 00:31

AOG: Pay levels for First Lady Michelle Obama’s staff which totals out near $1.3M/year. Puts the whole "Palin’s fancy clothes" thing in perspective. Lordy, I hate to think of the pardons that will have to be sold to keep this up post-White House. She's...

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