Oh geez. ''Short shorts?'' Give me a break.
Photographs of the first lady descending the steps of Air Force One in shorts have the media in a sweat. Some are saying Michelle Obama, on her way to the Grand Canyon for a family vacation, may have revealed too much skin.
Obama is no stranger to public scrutiny over her fashion choices, such as exposing her bare arms or wearing expensive sneakers to a soup kitchen. When Huffington Post style editor Anya Strzemien saw Obama's shorts, she knew there would be interest.
"I thought the fact that she wore shorts was newsworthy because she's the first first lady to wear shorts on Air Force One," said Strzemien.
She posted a poll online for readers to weigh in: Most were in favour of the outfit, but others thought the shorts were inappropriate or too short.
NBC's Today hosted a poll with similar results. A whopping 300,000 people responded to the vote and the blog post received the most comments of any item this year, said senior producer Dee Dee Thomas.
What does this show?
"That people love talking about Michelle Obama," Thomas said. "She's pushing the envelope on how we see the first lady."
And it's clear the media love talking about Michelle Obama, too. Many news outlets rallied to the first lady's defence, noting that she was on vacation over the weekend, in sweltering desert heat.
"What should she have worn to the Grand Canyon? A tweed pantsuit? A ball gown? What do you wear on your summer vacation?" asked Elizabeth Snead of the Los Angeles Times.
Like there's nothing better to report on than the fact that there's nothing better to report on.
Which means, er ... yes ... yes, I guess it does.