President Obama and the First Lady welcome Chinese President Hu Jintao at the White House on Wednesday. (Jim Young/Reuters)
The right-wing fashion police once again are going after Michelle Obama's fashion choice. First it was her right to bear arms of the sleeveless kind. Now, it’s the dress she wore to last night’s White House State Dinner honoring Chinese President Hu Jintao.
The first lady rocked a bright red Alexander McQueen dress with flower petal prints. It had a little asymmetrical action going on in the collar. Very dramatic, and just stunning. But, she got a bunch of flack for wearing the color red itself — a symbol of good fortune in the Chinese culture. One pundit suggested she did so to honor "Commie Red China." Puuuulease.
Everyone has different tastes. For instance, Last Word staffers Danielle, Casey, Clare and I debated the merits of her gown’s overall style, and were totally split; fashion is, by nature, a subjective thing. Saying that wearing this dress makes some deep political statement is a stretch. We’ll have more on this in tonight’s Rewrite.