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7/9/2009

Just a Regular Gal

Filed under: General — Jack Dunphy @ 9:25 pm



[Guest post by Jack Dunphy]

Imagine the disappointment here in the Dunphy house when it was reported that Michelle Obama was flouncing about Moscow while toting an Italian handbag that cost nearly $6,000. Well, I’m relieved to report that the Evita Peron analogies can be suspended, as a spokeswoman for the handbag’s manufacturer, VBH, has now identified the First Lady’s purse as one that goes for a mere $875.

See, she’s just a regular gal from Chicago after all.

–Jack Dunphy

75 Responses to “Just a Regular Gal”

  1. $875, $6,000 — what difference does it make to the most glamorous first lady since Jackie?

    The U.S. does have to represent.

    But, what about the 9.5 percent making do? Sorry, they don’t live in Pelosi’s district.

    Ag80 (3acbfd)

  2. A lot of people might not resent this woman and her very expensive purse, but I have a funny feeling that our grandchildren will be peeing on her grave…

    DaveinPhoenix (135adb)

  3. I don’t get it.
    What’s the problem?

    Marie Antoinette (5ff8b1)

  4. There’s no problem, Marie, no problem at all.

    Now, what size neck do you have?

    Ag80 (3acbfd)

  5. It does make a difference. For $6,000 you can buy a median-priced home in the city of Detroit.

    Official Internet Data Office (f19834)

  6. To have just one purse for $875 seems very thrifty to me.

    Imelda Marcos (5ff8b1)

  7. =yawn= … and then there were the excessive extravagances of one Nancy Reagan. Give credit– and credit card– where credit is due.

    DCSCA (9d1bb3)

  8. Well DCSCA, it’s safe to say that Nancy Reagan wasn’t flying to London for fish and chips— in a US Air Force 757. I also doubt that Nancy Reagan had a personal staff of 22 people.

    But let’s get off Reagan, and go back to Nixon and the principle of “plausible deniability”.

    Now Michelle Obama’s black clutch purse was made by an Italian company. They make a purse that involves an alligator dying–and then being died, and off into a purse that lists for $5,900 or thereabouts; they make a similar purse in black patent leather (for which no alligator has to die)
    that sells for $875. The purses look identical at a distance and her White House staff can plausibly deny that any alligators died for her purse.

    In either case–no Americans were employed.

    Hey she’s got the money (and after all she’s not paying any first class airfare, so there’s a little change to put in that clutch purse) so why not? If you got it, flaunt it. She can finally be proud of America.

    Mike Myers (674050)

  9. how much extra did the First Klingon pay for the small custom compartment where she’ keeps Ear Leader’s vestigial nutsack?

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  10. and how much does Ear Leader’s purse cost,because you know Cake Boy doesn’t use a wallet.

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  11. You have to understand that after you pay for the piano lessons and the French tutor and for the basement wine cellar (because Uncle Terry Rezko didn’t provide for that), all you have left to spend on a handbag is a mere $1000. Thank God that Michelle found such a bargain and saved the family $125, which can go to Waygu steak and Belgian endive.

    But, you know, the Obamas are just another middle class family struggling to meet the everyday expenses that life brings.

    JVW (f8d5c0)

  12. After sticking to their initial claim, the high-end leather manufacturer is now backing off. “If that’s what the White House is saying, then it’s a patent bag,” admitted VBH rep Kelly Vitko.

    Despite being certain about the bag being the nearly $6,000 version – “it’s definitely ours [manila bag],” she said earlier this morning — the rep now says that she made an assumption and misidentified the bag.

    That’s not a very strong denial. It sounds more like they don’t want to incur the Obamas’ wrath, which is pretty easy to do.

    Daryl Herbert (a32d30)

  13. ______________________________________

    What’s the problem?
    Comment by Marie Antoinette

    Was Marie a limousine liberal? If she was, c’est la vie!

    blogs.dailymail.com/donsurber:

    In 2007, the Bushes donated 23% of their income to charity. In 2008, the Obamas donated 6 1/2%.

    I won’t even go into Vice President Dick Cheney’s 75% to charity — $6 million — in a single year vs. the $369 a year average for 10 years by Vice President Joe Biden.

    [Barack and Michelle Obama’s] combined income was $2,656,902. They paid $855,323 in federal income taxes. They donated $172,050 – 6.5% of their adjusted gross income – to 37 different charities.

    Compare that to the Bushes: $719,274 in income, $221,635 in federal income taxes, $165,660 to charities — 23%.


    ______________________________________

    Mark (411533)

  14. So it’s already come to this? People on a conservative blog are saying Michelle Obama should hide, or even be ashamed of her wealth? We’re six months in, people; there’s a long way to go. Try to hold it together.

    Buzz Killington (3da0e1)

  15. this is amazing. how many of us can afford a purse for $875? forget it was initially thought to be a $6000 purse. A PURSE???

    this is not a middle class family. a private chef, $30,000/yr school for children, flying to ny for a 1 night date. (oh wait, they didn’t pay for that WE DID)

    he’s a hypocrite. words escape me. i like the ear leader comment. was using obambi, but now i will use ear leader.

    ktr (f9c5ca)

  16. Who gives a crap? Seriously… this is just partisan nonsense. I thought it was dumb when the left focused on McCain’s seven or so houses, but compared to some of you guys focusing on a freaking purse, they were downright reasonable.

    HowdySir (0d70bb)

  17. All I know is, I never want to hear the First Lady complaining about the cost of putting fresh fruit on the table for her kids EVER AGAIN.

    As I said on another site: with TOTUS on the job, the “expensive accessories” in question here are the President and First Lady.

    (PS I get purses – very nice ones, thank you – at Good will for $5. **sticks tongue out at Mrs. Obama**)

    no one you know (7a9144)

  18. Does anyone else note that a certain poster is motivated enough to post comments, yet feels compelled to “yawn” in them so that he can act like he’s not motivated to post a comment. Very funny tendency. “This is no big deal, which is why I’m actively clicking a link, and seeing what others have to say, and typing my thoughts

    carlitos (730478)

  19. I bet Buzz and Howdy are lifelong concerned Christian conservatives that vote Republican.

    JD (584916)

  20. I scrimped to get my wife a $300.00 purse for her birthday. I paid cash and it hurt, but she was thrilled with it and it felt terrific to see her expression of joy. However, I would NEVER pay $575 for a pair of tennis shoes for her, no matter what she said; and if I did and she wore them to serve the under-privileged at a soup kitchen I would scream at her and die of emabarassment. Ear Leader didn’t!! Nuff said!!

    GM Roper (85dcd7)

  21. What? No one from PETA to protest what happened to the poor alligator???

    proof (53df4a)

  22. @JD: I’m not a Republican but I did vote for McCain/Palin in 2008. Funny, isn’t it, that the world isn’t split into Us vs. Them where you always have to agree with Us on every single miniscule issue or you’re with Them?

    HowdySir (0d70bb)

  23. Really, Moby? Then please tell us why you voted the way you did, should be quite amusing.

    which can go to Waygu steak and Belgian endive

    I’m much more concerned with how she’s going to keep fresh arugula on their table every evening. And for the last time Moby, Republicans don’t apologize for making money, and they don’t want anyone else to feel quilty about making money as well. The Dems only rant about how evil the rich are, and that everyone must sacrifice for the common good, and so yawn. So yeah, when the wife of a POTUS who never stops yammering about shared sacrifice always demonstrates nothing but the opposite, they absolutely deserve to be mocked, repeatedly. Our economy’s in the crapper, he’s spending us into permanent oblivion, yet he spends our taxpayer dollars on himself like a drunken sailor. How much did that assinine “date night” in NYC cost us? What do you suppose the leading asshats in the media would have said if Bush has done anything even remotely similar?

    Dmac (e6d1c2)

  24. Well, let’s give Michelle credit where credit is due; she seems to be trimming back with a $900.00 clutch.

    Remember the New York “date night”? She carried a hand bad by the same manufacturer that night. A tony little bright blue number that sells for $1,500.00 as was reported by a fawning fashion diva wannabe.

    Perhaps in his effort to be the modern day FDR, the Obama’s could emulate the Roosevelts who did NOT flaunt their wealth. And since we are at war, maybe MO could follow Mrs. Roosevelt’s example and don a uniform and plain black shoes.

    For all of you who think that how the Obamas spend their money, remember, Obama said we ALL need to have “skin” in the game. And there is a reason we call them leaders. The root of that word being “lead”, perhaps by example?

    Eventually, the extravagances of the Obamas (pizza chefs flown in, weekly parties for over 200, fancy steaks, etc) will be viewed with disdain by millions of Americans who have lost their jobs or see their money not go as far due to inflation.

    retire05 (14b261)

  25. Who said anything about Us and Them except for yourself?

    JD (584916)

  26. No lady has enough purses, shoes, or earrings. There’s even some caselaw (divorce/alimony) on the subject.

    nk (1a84ae)

  27. maybe MO could follow Mrs. Roosevelt’s example

    Eleanor Roosevelt never owned a purse. She carried everything in her cleavage.

    Official Internet Data Office (62caf8)

  28. Mike Myers at 8 – Well if it is the alligator skin bag then there is a chance that the alligator was farmed here in the states. Don’t know off hand where the Italians get their raw material.
    Now how many people here think she went with patent leather for 900 dollars when alligator for a mere 6000 was on the table.

    Have Blue (854a6e)

  29. I bet Buzz and Howdy are lifelong concerned Christian conservatives that vote Republican.

    How much?

    Buzz Killington (3da0e1)

  30. Big Ass Obama doesn’t care what the little people think of her choice in handbags, elections have consequences don’t ya know? One of those consequences is that Democrats, journalists, and other socialists will line up to kiss her rear end. And, why not, there’s plenty of room.

    Ropelight (bb3af5)

  31. This is one of the funnier threads for a while. I needed a laugh.

    Mike K (2cf494)

  32. Thanks Buzz. I knew I was right …

    JD (4230cf)

  33. One of the few duties of the First Lady is to look nice and respectable, particularly when she is abroad. She represents the U.S. in a fashion, and we don’t want her looking like a bumpkin. If you’ve ever been to a nice clothing boutique for women, you’d realize that women’s clothing is preposterously expensive in a way men’s clothing is never. That’s not her fault. Now if she met Medvedev with a $5 purse as some of you seem to want, she would be (and rightly, imo) criticized.

    Btw, how much did Laura Bush’s handbags cost her? You don’t know? That’s because nobody reported because nobody cared. The only reason people care here is because it was reported because the press is infatuated with Michelle and her wardrobe choices.

    HowdySir (0d70bb)

  34. Wrong, Howdy. Shocka.

    JD (5d42dc)

  35. “…She represents the U.S. in a fashion…”

    So, why is she holding an ITALIAN handbag?
    At least Jackie used an American designer (mostly).

    Maroon!

    AD - RtR/OS! (60efa6)

  36. #33, I don’t care one way or the other if Mrs Obama even has a handbag. Nor do I care what sort of status claim may attend to any bag she may carry.

    What I find significant is that while unemployment, foreclosures, and business failures skyrocket here at home, this simpleton has the gaucherie to sport outlandishly expensive accessories the cost of which would keep several needy families in food and shelter for at least a month.

    It’s craven arrogance on display for the whole world to see. If the President lets his wife flaunt her wealth and high position on the world stage while jobless fellow Americans are left to apply for food stamps or to live in cardboard boxes then he just isn’t the sort of man fit to lead our nation, and she isn’t fit to be seen in public.

    Ropelight (bb3af5)

  37. You know, there was an anecdote floating about after Jackie married Arrie:
    Now she would finally be able to wear a mink coat!
    It was never economics, purely politics.

    AD - RtR/OS! (60efa6)

  38. Btw, how much did Laura Bush’s handbags cost her? You don’t know? That’s because nobody reported because nobody cared.

    Howdy Sir! Great assumption – Apparently the first one she used was worth about $3,000

    First Lady Laura Bush Selects Lana Marks to Design Handbags for Inauguration

    How much did Laura Bush, Cindy McCain’s convention outfits cost?

    Laura Bush spends $700 on a haircut (last paragraph)

    Also, for balance see “Lauren Bush saves the world one handbag at a time” with ‘green’ handbag line.

    Anyway, please carry on with your ignorance.

    carlitos (730478)

  39. One of the few duties of the First Lady is to look nice and respectable, particularly when she is abroad

    Sure – and when I travel with my wife and want her to look nice and respectable, I expect her to be wearing Versace and carrying Dooney and Bourke handbags. But when we’re just going downtown, I don’t care if she dresses like a homeless person.

    The only reason people care here is because it was reported because the press is infatuated with Michelle and her wardrobe choices

    You call it “fascination,” while most others call it “being in the tank.” You must have missed Obama’s speech a few days ago to the press club, when he remarked that the next time he wants to speak to Brian Williams, all he has to do is roll over in his bed. Everyone in the room laughed, yet no one disputed his acrid commentary.

    If you’ve ever been to a nice clothing boutique for women, you’d realize that women’s clothing is preposterously expensive in a way men’s clothing is never.

    99.9% of the women in the US don’t have the monetary resources to shop in a boutique, let alone even go in one.

    Get out much, doofus?

    Dmac (e6d1c2)

  40. is preposterously expensive in a way men’s clothing is never.

    You also have obviously never head of Barney’s in NYC or Armani and Tom Ford.

    Are you trapped in your mother’s basement?

    Dmac (e6d1c2)

  41. How much is that Chicago hospital paying her replacement, again?

    mojo (8096f2)

  42. They eliminated the position when she left.

    AD - RtR/OS! (60efa6)

  43. Actually AD I think the hospital may still have a position open for “Recipient of Kickbacks from Government Pork”, they just are not actively looking for a person to fill the position at this time.

    Have Blue (854a6e)

  44. Dmac: Nice women’s clothing is definitely more expensive than nice men’s clothing. Suits don’t have to be expensive to look nice, and the only male clothing that approaches women’s clothing in cost looks goofy and no President would be caught dead wearing them.

    Also note how I did not, in fact, say that it was ‘fascination’. I actually used ‘infatuation’ which implies they often act like school girls in love.

    The President and the First Lady are not normal Americans and it’s ridiculous for them to act like they are. The people here who are criticizing Michelle for buying what she buys would be (and probably have been) outraged when the left gets all huffy puffy about what people on the right buy. E.g. Cindy McCain and her convention gear. This is just partisan nonsense at its worse. The fact that we’re in a recession shouldn’t make a difference: what, are our elected representatives supposed to look poor when we’re poor and rich when we’re rich? Laughable.

    Sure, her choices may be ‘tone-deaf’ but that’s only a political consideration, not a basic question of right and wrong like too many here are making it out to be.

    HowdySir (0d70bb)

  45. Oh, so it was reported, but it was partisan nonsense at its worse (sic). So, you aren’t saying that it “wasn’t reported” any more. Got it. You do realize that this undermines your point, right?

    carlitos (730478)

  46. There is a significant difference between Michelle and Cindy McCain. One of them earned the money. Nancy Reagan got all kinds of grief because she was redoing the White House after years of neglect by Carter and predecessors. In her case, she had friends donate most of the stuff but she was still criticized.

    I’m sure Michelle can take it but I am still aware of the phony sources of income of those two.

    Mike K (2cf494)

  47. Carlitos – You know what its point is, and it could have just made its point without trying to hide behind its holier than thou BS.

    JD (855db4)

  48. Carlitos, I didn’t realize Cindy McCain was ever the First Lady. You’re right, my point has been undermined.

    I notice people who don’t like their actions and thoughts being criticized like to act like any who criticize them are being ‘holier than thou.’ This certainly allows them to feel better when they are tucked in at night.

    News flash: every criticism of the partisanship of others should not have to have attached to it a statement of authorial misconduct. Humans are humans, and error ought be presumed.

    HowdySir (0d70bb)

  49. “I didn’t realize Cindy McCain was ever the First Lady. You’re right, my point has been undermined.”

    Howdy Sir – I don’t recall hearing Cingy McCain calling for sacrifice and telling people they would have to share their pie, which famously Michelle Obama did both. You are correct that your point was undermined from the start.

    daleyrocks (718861)

  50. I don’t recall Michelle Obama advocating that the rich shouldn’t have the discretionary spending to be able to afford designer purses. I assume you can provide me with these thinks, daley? Are they saying all private property should be turned over to the government? I’ll be waiting on those links…

    I disagree with Obama’s financial philosophies, but I don’t believe they’re incompatible with the idea that rich people are able to afford expensive things. Afterall, 30% of a really high income is still really high.

    This whole debate is especially ridiculous considering many conservatives are fine with McCain (and also Romney) who would have been probably the richest President ever. You think he doesn’t have expensive things? Do you care that he does? Is your only problem that this displays some sort of hypocrisy? Well you should review this comment thread where many seem to have a problem not with the hypocrisy but with the underlying issue of buying expensive items itself.

    HowdySir (0d70bb)

  51. HowdyDoody – Go fuck yourself.

    carlitos (730478)

  52. HowdySir #33:

    One of the few duties of the First Lady is to look nice and respectable, particularly when she is abroad. She represents the U.S. in a fashion, and we don’t want her looking like a bumpkin.

    Michelle Obama in London.

    DRJ (6f3f43)

  53. DRJ – That was not nice.

    daleyrocks (718861)

  54. “I don’t recall Michelle Obama advocating that the rich shouldn’t have the discretionary spending to be able to afford designer purses.”

    Howdy Sir – Could you point out where I implied this? Your logic and reading skills seem terminally impaired. People on this thread are in fact concerned with the hypocrisy that Michelle and Barry’s conduct represents relative the message they sold to the public. It’s sooper dooper tough too see by blinkered lefty idealogues, though.

    daleyrocks (718861)

  55. Michelle Obama in London.

    Had she but a pair of high heeled Jimmy Choos, it would have helped immensely with the proportional problem of her ensemble. At this point, she should have already learned this. As for the top, every smart woman not a size 2 knows to run away from horizontal trims.

    I don’t begrudge her stylish clothing, purses or shoes just as long as she stops telling me how I need to give more for the collective good while her husband simultaneously tries to lift my wallet out of my purse.

    Dana (8d88ef)

  56. seem to have a problem not with the hypocrisy

    No, I have a problem with, if not the hypocrisy per se, than certainly the phoniness of all those liberals who believe they’re so special when it comes to their generosity, to the tears they shed for the welfare of humanity and the proletariet in particular.

    And so Michelle is like her old man in the art of limousine liberalism, in that not long ago (if not today too) he was decrying the dangers of global warming while driving around in — and admitting to liking — a big gas-guzzling SUV.

    Mark (411533)

  57. DRJ: I’ve never been one to say that any politician is always good at what he or she is supposed to do. Haha.

    daley, never said that whole post was directed to you. So much for impaired reading skills. But one’s actions are hypocritical if they are done contrary to some stated principle. Although certainly both Obamas have advocated a tax-the-rich spread-the-wealth sort of philosophy, I do not believe they have stated the rich shouldn’t have the funds to be able to buy expensive things. Thus I don’t think she has acted hypocritically.

    I do think it is interesting how she projected this simple girl persona at the convention but then became all fashionista but that’s most likely the result of the Obamas’ rapid increase in wealth over the past few years combined with her actually becoming the First Lady and everyone starting to care all of a sudden.

    Wealth-envy is palpable in this thread. Maybe it’s my breeding, but my hackles start to rise whenever I catch a hint of it. People are wondering if she deserves her money, etc., while talking about wagyu beef, endives and how ridiculous all of these things are. If you start questioning the source of people’s money, not only do you start to sound like a Marxist, you’re going to have to question the source of others’ wealth. For example: Cindy McCain, who in fact did not earn her wealth. She inherited it. And this is perfectly fine with me! I hate the death tax. Do you?

    I do think Michelle’s job at the hospital was a bit uh, cushy, to say the least, but that money is hers now so who cares. Plus, she’s more likely able to afford these things because of her husband’s books.

    carlitos, stay classy. You might want to work on developing fortitude in dealing with people who don’t always agree with you. Maturity and politeness still have a place in the world.

    HowdySir (0d70bb)

  58. So does dishonest partisan hackery too, apparently. And verbosity.

    JD (10d46c)

  59. None of this is helping Michelle keep fresh fruit on the table for her kids.

    JD (10d46c)

  60. JD: Sorry, not every one who disagrees with you is a Democrat. I’m certainly not one. I hope this doesn’t wreck your world view too much.

    HowdySir (0d70bb)

  61. But at least now I’ve been accused of partisan hackery from both sides. Now I’ve got my bona fides.

    HowdySir (0d70bb)

  62. My world view is going to be quite fine, thank you. You give yourself and your sophistry way too much credit.

    JD (2d6d20)

  63. None of this is helping Michelle keep fresh fruit on the table for her kids.

    Comment by JD — 7/11/2009 @ 4:25 am

    AAAAGGGGHH! *fetal position, sucks thumb*

    no one you know (7a9144)

  64. Stupid post. Yawn….

    The Emperor (099ed4)

  65. If you start questioning the source of people’s money, not only do you start to sound like a Marxist, you’re going to have to question the source of others’ wealth…..

    I do think Michelle’s job at the hospital was a bit uh, cushy, to say the least, but that money is hers now so who cares. Plus, she’s more likely able to afford these things because of her husband’s books.

    People get on Michelle because she and her husband like to describe other people as “greedy” and “mean”. They like to tell other people and companies how to spend money. They like to whine about how poor they used to be, when in reality they were making $250,000+.

    Michelle made a big deal about wearing an inexpensive dress on The View back when Sarah Palin’s clothing allowance was in the news. Vanity Fair chastised Cindy McCain for wearing expensive clothes to the RNC, and Michelle Obama went to Jay Leno wearing J. Crew. It is fair to point out her extravagances too. It’s all a political image.
    They like to tell us to eat locally while they fly to New York for dinner. They like to warn us about how much we need to change to avoid a climate change catastrophe as they zip around the planet.

    And they want more of our money. They want more taxes from us, while they obliviously live the high life. That isn’t their money they are spending on Wagyu beef. So they throw parties on the WH budget while they freeze the salaries of staffers.

    So if they stop telling me what to do with my money, and stop making plans for my money and my lifestyl, I’ll stop pointing out her hypocrisies.

    OK?

    MayBee (5ff8b1)

  66. That’s my MayBee 😉

    JD (b1c350)

  67. “Wealth-envy is palpable in this thread. Maybe it’s my breeding”

    Howdy Sir – Maybe it’s your stupidity and you are completely misreading the thread, mkay. The class envy folks are over on the left.

    daleyrocks (718861)

  68. BTW, I stopped by JCrew and they told me that they do not carry either purse.

    nk who may be the reincarnation of Cleopatra as a big brown dog (8dc111)

  69. People get on Michelle because she and her husband like to describe other people as “greedy” and “mean”.

    Studies that indicate a higher percentage of people on the left are actually less generous when it comes to donating time, money and blood (literally) than what’s true of people on the right have really soured me on “progressives,” more than anything else.

    Mark (411533)

  70. Maybe it’s my breeding

    Thanks for confirming our suspicions of your inbreeding – but please continue beclowning yourself…

    not every one who disagrees with you is a Democrat. I’m certainly not one

    Of course you’re not, sweetie – but you forgot to add in the usual meme of “as a concerned Christian voter who’s always voted for the GOP in the past…” Your Astroturfing techniques are really archaic, are they not?

    Check your mail, I’m sure your weekly stipend from Soros arrived today.

    Dmac (e6d1c2)

  71. I wish I was getting paid by Soros to get accused of being a liar, Dmac. Well I’m kinda planning on becoming a regular poster around here because I hate Andrew Sullivan (and Patterico is one of the few people who let him have it still, every now and then at least) so I think you’ll have to eat your words soon enough.

    HowdySir (0d70bb)

  72. Thar she blows!

    daleyrocks (718861)

  73. so I think you’ll have to eat your words soon enough

    Oh, by all means, please continue your posting here – your continued defrocking and defenestration will be quite amusing to witness.

    Dmac (e6d1c2)

  74. when she stops putting herself as a bastion of frugality, then i’ll stop crtitcizing her excesses. remember, it’s not her money she’s spending – it’s ours.

    i’d really like to see a detailed account of the wh expenses.

    ktr (f9c5ca)


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