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.

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