In his State of the Union address, President Obama promised to make income inequality a priority in 2014, and first lady Michelle Obama seems determined to do her part to highlight the disparity.
The first lady chose a gown by Venezuelan-American designer Carolina Herrera for Tuesday night’s state dinner with French President Francois Hollande, which CNN estimated to have cost anywhere from $10,000 to $12,000.
The focus on the cost of the gown follows on the heels of a photo Mrs. Obama tweeted earlier in the day of two dogs sitting at an elegant dinner table, along with the message, “Bone appétit!” The tweet drew criticism that her dogs “eat steak & wear diamonds.”
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Elle Magazine’s Joe Elle told CNN host Erin Burnett that “a dress like that from Mrs. Herrera could potentially run up to almost $10,000.”
“Well, by the way, I think that dress probably cost around $12,000,” Washington Post writer Sally Quinn offered. “But that’s just my guess.”
The discussion then drifted to the overall cost of the dinner, which does little to quell concerns about income inequality.
H/T Weekly Journal
The dress did prompt this response from NBC News White House producer Shawna Thomas, along with the hashtag #BOWDOWN:
HOLY CRAP LOOK AT THE FIRST LADY’S DRESS. #BOWDOWN
— Shawna Thomas (@ShawnaNBCNews) February 12, 2014
But it didn’t take long for others to put things into proper perspective, as captured by Twitchy:
@shawnanbcnews Thank you for this enlightening, informative, hard-hitting truth-to-power journalism.
— Nathan Edmondson (@nathanedmondson) February 12, 2014
@ShawnaNBCNews This is embarrassing. Completely cringeworthy. Sad thing? You won’t even understand why.
— LilMissTeamHick (@LilMissRightie) February 12, 2014
Anne Romney has an expensive dress: EVIL! Michelle Obama has an expensive dress: #BOWDOWN! This is who @chucktodd says “don’t take sides”
— Michi I. (@michi83) February 12, 2014
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