The folks who are spending their time sounding off about the Obama girls, all dressed up for the State dinner with the Canadian Prime Minister are making what Shakespeare called, “Much Ado about nothing.” Here we have two smart, stylish teenagers, who chose dresses that were tasteful and stylish to attend a formal event with their parents. As the mother of a teenage daughter, who I put in a debutante program, let me tell you, getting Generation X and Millennials in a formal dress, was and is no easy task.
In eight years, I never read a piece questioning the cost of Laura Bush or her daughters’ dresses. Those girls has some “wilding out” incidents, involving too much alcohol, but were excused and allowed to grow up, sheltered by their parents. Now the Obama’s daughters have come of age and are getting to have one-of-a-kind memories, before they leave the White House.
So what’s the issue, that contrary to the erroneous information tweeted, the First Lady’s budget pays for their clothing. Moreover, as I know from working at Red Book Magazine in New York, if you borrow clothing for an event i.e. photo shoot, when you’re done, you take it back. That’s what the Obama family has to do when they borrow. And, if its donated it goes to the first lady Museum. Truth is I could use a museum for some of these bridesmaid dresses, I will never wear again, but I digress.
These girls are good students, respectful, and have no piercings or tattoos or other markings, (don’t get me wrong those could be tasteful), but the point is, these girls are still in the age of innocence. They are just getting their feet wet in the real world. Let’s give them a break. It has to be hard enough to listen to those most vile, ignorant and hateful speech about your Dad and Mom, on a daily basis, without being attacked for looking good in a dress.
Remember they are still young, let them grow up without all this bullying.