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Presidential Fashion – Michelle Obama’s Black Widow Dress

Black widow spider  Michelle Obama's Black Widow Dress

The United States is headed in a new direction with the election of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States.  During the campaign, Obama was able to unify voters with his aspirations for an America where everybody works to help each other.  Obama’s multiracial background, his foreign education, his Harvard education, and his great oratorical skills provided something with which everyone could identify.  The campaign was notable for its length, its aggressiveness, and the gracious concession speech by John McCain in support of the new president-elect.

One of the missteps of the McCain campaign was the expenditure of $150,000 by the Republican National Committee for a wardrobe from high-end department stores for GOP Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin.  The luxurious dresses looked fabulous on the former beauty queen, but her appearance did not help middle-class voters identify with the Republicans at a time when the economy had been taking such a serious downturn.

Michelle Obama, by contrast, dressed elegantly and modestly during the campaign, but her choice of dress for Obama’s acceptance speech was a stunning black dress with a bright red design on the ventral portion.  My first thought was “black widow” because some types of black widow spiders have a red hourglass design in their abdomen. I was not the only one to notice this similarity.  There are already many internet discussions about Michelle Obama’s Black Widow Dress, its ominous portent, and Barack Obama’s repeated references to Abraham Lincoln.

Where is the Fashion Police when you need it?

Shampoo for bald people

Michael Jordan's Shampoo Michael Jordan

About a year ago, I got a free promotional 10 fl. oz (300 ml) bottle of Michael Jordan’s daily conditioning shampoo.  I am finally getting to the bottom of the bottle.  It does not take much shampoo to create a lather when you don’t have much hair.  The shampoo has a high concentration of mint extract that tingles your scalp, but can also burn your eyes if you are not careful.

Every time that I use the shampoo, I smile at the thought that somebody who has no hair endorses a hair product.  What is next?  Michael Jordan’s combs and brushes?  Michael Jordan’s hair gel?  Michael Jordan’s head gloss?

Michael earned a reputation as a high-scoring basketball player who could soar through the air unimpeded by gravity.  Although he has been away from baketball for some time, people still admire him and he is still influential in getting people to buy the stuff that he promotes.  TV commercials for Hanes underwear continue to feature Michael Jordan pushing tag-less T-shirts, boxers, and briefs.  Business must be good.

I have not seen Michael’s shampoo in the drug store shelves recently.  Maybe Michael Jordan does not have the same power for advertising hair products as Jaclyn Smith, one of the stars of Charlie’s Angels.

Jaclyn Smith
Jaclyn Smith