October 27, 2008, - 9:59 pm
She’s No Palin: Michelle Obama Now Lying About Gazillion Dollar Custom-Made Designer Wardrobe; Claims She Shops @ J. Crew, Online
By Debbie Schlussel
Since Michelle Hussein Obama is now lying about her gazillion-dollar, custom-made designer wardrobe in order to play class warfare against Sarah Palin, she needs to be called to the mat.
For the last six months or so, we’ve been treated to stories and pictures of Michelle Obama’s designer wardrobe and details of how much of her stunning wardrobe is custom-made by an expensive Chicag-based designer. Then, we were treated to spreads of Michelle Hussein Obama’s exorbitant designer label wardrobe, bearing names you only see on celebrities and wives of millionaires. There’s a reason that Michelle Obama made People’s Best Dressed List, and Vanity Fair’s.
But, now, with the flap over the $150,000 the RNC spent on a wardrobe for Sarah Palin, Michelle Obama is lying and pretending she buys her clothes online and from J. Crew.
Couldn’t be farther from the truth.
Here’s what she’s now telling Jay Leno:
No $150,000 wardrobe malfunctions for Michelle Obama.
“Actually, this is a J. Crew ensemble,” the wife of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama told Jay Leno in an appearance on his show Monday.
“You can get some good stuff online,” she added.
That’s a lie. Obama’s wardrobe–which probably exceeds $150,000–is well known to be that of high-priced, exclusive designers. Endless profiles have been written about her custom-made tailored frocks from personal designer Maria Pinto. And then there are her gazillion-dollar outfits from Moschino, Narciso Rodriguez, and Azzedine Alaia.
The Wall Street Journal did a huge profile of Pinto and her personalized pieces for Mrs. Obama, to the tune of thousands of dollars. The New York Times wrote about the Pinto-Obama style relationship, too. In September, US Magazine did a two-page spread of Mrs. Obama’s fancy designer duds. The ugly brooch she wore on her teal dress at the Democratic National Convention cost well over $200 alone.
Mrs. Hussein Obama also told Jay Leno that, while she won’t criticize Sarah Palin for the expensive clothes (which she didn’t mention was the McCain campaign’s decision, not Palin’s), she said, “When we buy clothes, we buy it ourselves.” Well, sure, that’s because, while the Palins had to pay for their own home, the Obamas had their $1.6 million-plus home purchased for them in a sleazy land deal by Tony Rezko, who enabled them to buy only the home at a well-below list (and market) price. So, they have a lot of extra cash on hand for designer duds.
And the Obamas are rich, unlike the Palins. Obama’s books sold many copies and Mrs. Obama was making well over $300,000 annually as a crush-the-poor-on-healthcare hospital exec. It’s not like the Palins can afford Mrs. Hussein Obama’s wardrobe. Obama, himself, shops at exclusive Dubai-owned Barney’s, where men’s suits are several thousand dollars apiece.
The Palins are relatively modest people. I really wish the McCain campaign and RNC hadn’t done the whole clothing deal. It really took away a real chance at contrasting these two families and how they live their lives. And it is turning into a never-ending story right before the election.
Either way, Michelle Obama–especially on the issue of expensive clothes–is a phony. She’s no average Josephine who shops at J. Crew. She’s a rich elitist with high-priced personal couturiers that would make Sarah Palin–and most Americans–blush.
But for the next week, she’s suddenly one of “the little people.”