For her third State of the Union address on Tuesday, Jan. 24, Michelle Obama received guests in the presidential gallery — model personalities who have marked 2011. And they are also political friends. Resplendent in a blue dress — the Democrats’ color — she drew attention and sparked the admiration that 70 percent of Americans grant her. Her role in the 2012 campaign, not yet defined, may have gained momentum on Tuesday. Let’s look closer at the First Lady in campaign mode and her guests.
Michelle was very chic. No "Here Comes the Bride" like last year in her too-too white dress created by Rachel Roy, but very classy and mistress-of-the-house sure of herself. We could well take another four years of it.
Michelle Obama defends American fashion. She did not go unnoticed, and it was done for that. More dressed up than her guests, who were in business attire, she sported a cocktail dress with short sleeves by American designer Barbara Tfank — who distributes at Barneys, among other stores. American fashion designers are very grateful to Michelle Obama for defending their colors and have grouped under the banner of Anna Wintour of Vogue to defend and finance the President's 2012 campaign. It’s Runway to Win with Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang and dozens of others.
Michelle receives model guests like Laurene Powell, the widow of Steve Jobs, who was not there. Like the wife of the founder of the Emerson Collective, an organization helping people from disadvantaged backgrounds build a better life; she promotes social endeavors by bringing energies around that.
Like the two employees of General Motors, in which the U.S. government is a shareholder: Bryan Ritterby, fired from his company at age 55, was hired by GM after training; Alicia Davis is manager of a production unit at GM, where she built her career and rose through the ranks by training continuously.
Astronaut Mark Kelly, famous in the United States, but better known as the husband of Gabrielle Giffords, the Arizona representative who was a miraculous survivor of the Tucson killings in January 2011. On Tuesday, she was in the audience as a representative, but she will not run in November. Sara Ferguson continued her work as a school teacher in Columbus without being paid after the bankruptcy of her employer. In the name of her approach to public service.
The most “Washington” guest was Debbie Bosanek, assistant to Warren Buffett and de facto "godmother" of the Buffett Rule advocated by the billionaire. He wants the super rich to give a voluntary tax contribution to public finances. We remember Warren Buffett railing against the inequity of his secretary paying a higher tax rate than him. Pinch yourself, it's her.
Michelle is already campaigning. When she intervened to counter the book "The Obamas," aggressively drawing daggers on ABC to discredit the authors' interpretations of her thinking and that of her husband, we understood that the battle had begun. Had it ever stopped? Yesterday at the Capitol, she was once again queen of America...