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Don’t ask Obama to criticise Michelle’s fashion sense

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Ever since her husband first stepped out on the presidential campaign trail way back in 2007, Michelle Obama has won admiration from women – and men – around the world for her sense of style. The former Michelle LaVaughn Robinson rarely puts a (well-heeled) foot wrong when it comes to fashion: she’s championed emerging American designers from Jason Wu to Brandon Maxwell, and looks just as good in a low-key tweed jacket as in a jaw-dropping Versace sequinned gown (above).

And perhaps because he knows how much people love his wife’s fashion sense, Barack Obama won’t criticise anything in Michelle’s wardrobe. According to US television host Andy Cohen, the President was called upon to reveal which of Michelle’s clothes he’d “most like to burn” at a dinner party at Sarah Jessica Parker’s house in 2012.

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Tread very carefully, Barack.

Cohen shared a throwback photo from the dinner on Instagram on Wednesday night, in honour of Obama delivering his final speech as president.

He recalled that guests at the re-election fundraiser dinner were playing a game called “Plead the Fifth”, in which players are asked awkwardly personal questions (if they can’t bear to answer, they invoke the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which allows defendants in court cases to decline to answer questions they think might incriminate them).


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“Putting @barackobama in the #PleadtheFifth hot seat at a fundraiser at @sarahjessicaparker’s house was certainly one of the most unforgettable moments I’ve had,” Cohen wrote on Instagram, adding that Obama “plead the fifth when I asked what item of clothing from his wife’s closet he would most like to burn. Smart man.”

In his emotional farewell address on Tuesday, Obama identified his wife’s style as just one of the things that had made her a phenomenal first lady.


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“Michelle LaVaughn Robinson, girl of the South Side,” he said, as Michelle raised her fist in solidarity. “For the past 25 years, you’ve been not only my wife and mother of my children, but my best friend. You took on a role you didn’t ask for and made it your own with grace and grit and style and good humour.

“You made the White House a place that belongs to everybody. And a new generation sets its sights higher because it has you as a role model.”

We’re just going to leave this here.

 

Images: Rex Features

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