When do you say enough ?
I think the FirstFamily is just begining that road to ENOUGH. The manufacturer who decided to capitalize on their daughters, Malia and Sasha; has barked up the wrong tree, because the Obama’s aren’t having it.
WE AGREE – Leave The Lil Girls Alone. Let Them Have Their Lives out of limelight until they are old enough to decide for themselves. Respect is Due, regardless of who you are. Little Children shouldn’t be targets of the Paps regardless of how hot a pic they may be.
Leave The Lil Obama Girls alone Paps.
And while we’re at it, why are y’all upset with Michelle Obama’s Clothing Choices – Is She Not Dressing Herself Properly ?
If you were paying for it, then I could see you gettin your thongs in a bunch, butterah.., all this is so unnecessary. who said what about Barbara Bush’s Clothing Choices and what’s next, The Presidents’ Suits and Shoes ?
and by the way, why is nobody following up on those clothes in the bag in the republican campaign headquarters – Yeah Right…
Lawd Have Mercy, because I know that the next issue will be HAIR.
Meet Michelle Obama – In Her Mom’s Words -
First Lady Not Happy With Sasha/Malia Dolls: Michelle Obama says they are ‘inappropriate.’
*First Lady Michelle Obama has spoken out about two newly-released dolls that share the same names as her young daughters, Sasha, 7, and Malia, 10. As previously reported, Ty – the maker of Beanie Babies – recently released the 12-inch “Sweet Sasha” and “Marvelous Malia” dolls as part of its TyGirlz collection. Although the Oak Brook, Ill.-based company says the dolls are not based on the Obama girls and are not made to be exact replicas of their images, the mother of Sasha and Malia Obama felt the use of their names is irresponsible.
“We believe it is inappropriate to use young, private citizens for marketing purposes,” Obama’s press secretary, Katie McCormick Lelyveld, said in a statement Saturday.
How would feel if a toymaker (say, the maker of Beanie Babies) started manufacturing dolls in the image of your two young daughters without asking for consent or even respectfully letting you know in advance? Spittin’ mad, I’d say, especially if you were a woman interested in shielding your children from the massive spotlight that will fall upon them as children of the president. It sounds a bit surreal, but that’s actually what has happened, and Michelle Obama isn’t happy:
First lady Michelle Obama is not pleased about the marketing of a pair of dolls that bear the same names as her daughters.“We believe it is inappropriate to use young private citizens for marketing purposes,” Ms. Obama’s spokeswoman said.
Ty Inc. has released the 12-inch plush dolls as part of the company’s “TyGirlz Collection,” introduced in 2007. The Sasha doll has pigtails and wears a white and pink dress with hearts. The Malia doll has a side ponytail and a long-sleeve shirt with capri pants.
Pretty disgusting if you ask me. But infinitely more disgusting is the response from Ty’s spokesperson claiming that the dolls aren’t based on the first daughters and that the names are basically a huge coincidence. Reports MSNBC.com:
The Oak Brook-based company chose the dolls’ names because “they are beautiful names,” not because of any resemblance to President Obama’s daughters, said spokeswoman Tania Lundeen.“There’s nothing on the dolls that refers to the Obama girls,” Lundeen said. “It would not be fair to say they are exact replications of these girls. They are not.”
Is anybody out there buying this? And more importantly, would any of you buy these dolls? They are reportedly, selling for $9.99, not sure where.
Via / MSNBC.com
In the meantime, the first lady is also crafting her longer-term portfolio and figuring out how to execute her goal of making the White House more accessible to the public.In case you were wondering, the Obamas do not have a nanny, I’m told. The first grandmother, South Sider Marian Robinson, Michelle’s mom, moved into the White House for now to help.
As for keeping the Obama girls grounded, the Jonas Brothers’ surprise White House visit last week — band members were at the end of a scavenger hunt — was the exception for the sisters and will not be the rule. One time, unique, not going to be a habit, I’m told.
During the campaign, Obama said as first lady she would focus on helping military families and taking on women’s issues. As it evolves, her agenda is getting additions. Preliminary plans have Obama also bringing to a “national stage” work and family balance “conversations” and a community service piece, with her interest stemming from her tenure as executive director of Public Allies Chicago from spring 1993 to fall 1996.
Though it’s not clear yet how it will be done, Obama also wants the White House to have more of an “impact” in her new hometown. (At present, most tours are arranged through members of Congress for groups and need months of advance notice.)
If there is a state dinner at night with some famous entertainment, perhaps it will be possible to “do something in the afternoon that’s more causal but open to folks,” I’m told. Think of the giant concert last week at the Lincoln Memorial on a smaller scale.
Most Washingtonians who have come into contact with the girls have respected the privacy that their parents have requested, especially at Sidwell Friends, the school the girls attend.
Apparently black fashion designers feel that they aren’t represented enough in the First Lady’s wardrobe:
The usually celebrated sartorial splendor of First Lady Michelle Obama is coming under fire by a former runway model upset that Obama didn’t wear an inaugural design by a black fashion designer.
Amnau Eele, co-founder of the Black Artists Association, told fashion industry publication Women’s Wear Daily she plans to “file a formal appeal” with Michelle Obama’s office about the lack of a black designer.
“It’s fine and good if you want to be all ‘Kumbaya’ and ‘We are the World’ by representing all different countries,” Eele is quoted as saying at wwd.com, the magazine’s Web site. “But if you are going to have Isabel Toledo do the inauguration dress, and Jason Wu do the evening gown, why not have Kevan Hall, B Michael, Stephen Burrows or any of the other black designers do something, too?”
In an interview with the Sun-Times, Eele said that she wants the First Lady to know there are other, lesser-known designers that the First Lady should take a look at.
“You know, I have an issue that every day I meet young black designers that are facing homelessness, they can’t buy fabric, they can’t get the things they need,” she said. “We have qualified designers in the community. A young man like Michael Knight (of Project Runway) — surely you could have worn a scarf by him, a Tshirt, a handbag.”
Michelle Obama wore an outfit designed by Cuba-born Isabel Toledo for the daytime inaugural events. She paired it with Jimmy Choo pumps, purchased at Chicago’s Ikram boutique, and leather gloves by mainstream retailer J. Crew.
For the inaugural balls, she wore a one-shoulder, white gown designed by Taiwan-born designer Jason Wu, whose studio is in Manhattan. Wu once interned for Narciso Rodriguez, a designer with Cuban roots who dressed the first lady in a red-and-black dress with a small floral pattern for the election-night victory party in Grant Park.
And Now About that TRASH,,
Friday, January 23, 2009 9:20 PM
Despite the Republican National Committee’s promise to donate Sarah Palin’s $180,000 campaign wardrobe to charity, word has it the Alaska governor’s clothes remain stuffed in trash bags at RNC headquarters, NewMajority has learned.
While Palin followed through on her promise to return her controversial wardrobe after the election, it seems the RNC has not followed through on its promise to give most of the clothes away.
During the 2008 campaign, GOP vice presidential candidate Palin was pummeled with accusations that she had overspent on clothes for herself, and even for her family — down to baby Trig. Palin asserted at the time that the clothes belonged to the RNC. They were not her property and would be returned at the end of the campaign. A campaign spokeswoman backed up those claims, saying, “It was always the intent that the clothing go to a charitable purpose after the campaign.” It was also understood that those that had not been worn would be returned to the appropriate retailer; those that had been worn would be used for some other purpose, perhaps auctioned off for charity or to retire campaign debt.
The expense was shared between the RNC and the McCain-Palin campaign through a joint account, but ultimately are the RNC’s problem to deal with. The final price tag for the expensive duds from the likes of Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue, as well as a number of other retailers, totaled $180,000, according to Federal Election Commission records.
But for reasons that remain mysterious, the clothes remain stashed at the RNC’s Washington, D.C., headquarters. A source close to the issue told NewMajority that the clothes are “in the process” of being donated, and an RNC spokesman corroborated, saying the clothes have indeed been returned from Palin, “inventoried and will be appropriately dispersed to various charities.” Attempts for an explanation of when and where the clothes will be donated went unanswered, and the governor’s Alaska office does not comment on campaign issues.
The fact that the clothes have not been donated or publicly accounted for, however, has angered some big donors – who want to know exactly how their money was spent, and who are already enraged by the extravagant wardrobe figure. They say it’s time for the RNC to air its dirty laundry, if you will.
“Has the party not learned their lesson?” a source who raises significant funds for the party said in response to the news of the undonated clothing. “First they make a colossal mistake of judgment by even agreeing to squander the party’s resources on these clothes and then compound the error by failing to properly dispose of them. If they think donors are going to sit by and simply accept this they are mistaken.”
Supporters of the Alaska governor should worry that the RNC’s stalling lends credence to negative speculation. Did the RNC and campaign spend more than the quoted $180,000 figure? How much was spent on other members of Palin’s family? Perhaps the RNC hopes that stashing the clothes will make the story go away. That is unrealistic; if the governor returns to the national stage, so will any unanswered questions.
Photo courtesy of dotpolka.
by Joshua Green
Sarah Palin’s Personal Shopper
Move over Carson Kressley. A new celebrity shopper has emerged!
The attention from Jeanne Cummings’s much-talked-about Politico story has naturally focused on the $150,000 in luxury clothing purchased for Sarah Palin at Neiman Marcus, Sak’s Fifth Avenue, and Barney’s. What hasn’t yet gotten any attention is who bought it for her. But buried in the same FEC disclosure form that revealed Palin’s taste for the fine life is the name of the man who appears to have been her personal shopper: Jeff Larson.
Under FEC regulations, the RNC must file what is called a “Schedule F form,” which lists “expenditures made by political committees or designated agents(s) on behalf of candidates for federal office.” This is presumably the same document from which Cummings drew for her story. Here’s a blow-up of the RNC’s most recent Schedule F. I’ve circled the controversial purchases—and the apparent purchaser—in red magic marker.
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Along with the matching dates and dollar totals, note the “Transaction ID Number,” which clearly connects the questionable expenditures with reimbursement payments made to Larson. (To totally wonk out for a second, the “m” stands for “memo,” which is included to provide an additional explanation of the transaction—basically, it links a disbursement with whatever was purchased.)
Does the name Jeff Larson sound familiar? It should. Larson is the Karl Rove protégé who’s a principal in the robocalling firm of FLS Connect (the “FLS” stands for Tony Feather, Jeff Larson, and Tom Synhorst*, all veteran Republican political operatives). Larson’s firm is the same one that launched the scurrilous robocalls against John McCain in 2000, and that McCain has now hired to make robocalls connecting Barack Obama to Bill Ayers. He’s also well known in Minnesota for leasing his basement apartment at a steeply discounted rate to embattled Republican Senator Norm Coleman. Evidently, Larson also has quite the eye for women’s fashion. Even hateful liberals would have to admit that Palin dresses awfully nicely.
|Bravo‘s Carson Kressley and the GOP’s Jeff Larson|
What’s so incompetent about this from a political tradecraft perspective is that both parties ordinarily take the easy precaution of making sure such embarrassing material isn’t obvious to reporters, which they do by routing the payment through a law firm or consultant. Here they neglected to do so. Larson may not be able to look forward to a lucrative contract with a McCain administration. But who knows? He may land his own show on Bravo.