The sleeveless dress showed off Obama's famously toned arms and the length modestly skirted her knees. The president's wife paired the dress with pink pumps from J. Crew and her fingernails were painted a trendy purple-grey.
Reese described the dress as a "silk jacquard in an abstract baroque wallpaper pattern" with a bodice in hot pink woven with rust and copper. It's not the first time Obama chose a design by Reese, an African American designer who is showing a new collection Sunday during New York Fashion Week.
In an email, Reese said the first lady "looked incredible and spoke beautifully; I am so honoured that she chose to wear one of my designs for such a memorable occasion."
- The Canadian Press
Not sure exactly what it looks like, but Michelle Obama is putting on the dreaded "mom face" as she prods Democrats to get work for her husband's re-election.
At a luncheon honoring gay rights supporters, the first lady said: "We need you out there every single day between now and Nov. 6. You see my face? I'm serious? It's my serious first lady face. My 'mom' face."
Fear the face.
- The Associated Press
U.S. President Barack Obama is no Bill Clinton, says Paul Ryan, Republican vice presidential candidate.
"My guess is we will get a great rendition of how good things were in the 1990s, but we’re not going to hear much about how things have been the last four years,” Ryan told the crowd Wednesday outside the Dallas County Courthouse, reports NBC.
“And, by the way, under President Clinton, we got welfare reform. Chuck Grassley, everybody else in Congress — we got welfare reform, which moved people from welfare to work to get people out of poverty. President Obama is rolling back welfare reform.
"President Clinton worked with Republicans in Congress to have a budget agreement, to cut spending. President Obama? A gusher of new spending and only demagoguery from those of us who have offered solutions.”
Last month, Ryan said "Obama can’t run on his record, he didn’t moderate his positions like Bill Clinton did, he went hard to the left."
There are not going to be any balloons at the DNC on account of the venue change, a convention official reportedly said to Jim Kuhnhenn, White House and politics reporter for the Washington Bureau of the Associated Press.
"Bad weather forecast, they say. Going indoors to the nearby basketball/hockey arena. But the ceiling there is filled with exactly none of the thousands of red, white and blue balloons that TV viewers expect to be dropping as a convention finale," writes Kuhnhenn.
"Nope. No balloons. Party officials say they're thinking about some other suitably celebratory finish."
Maybe it's just as well. As the Star's Daniel Dale reported last week, the RNC's balloon drop took a long, long time.
Rahm Emanuel has resigned from Barack Obama's re-election campaign to raise money for superPACS, reports the Wall Street Journal.
"Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a long-time and prodigious fundraiser for Democrats, is leaving his post as co-chairman of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign to help raise big dollar contributions for Priorities USA Action, the pro-Obama super PAC that has been swamped by pro-GOP groups," a campaign official said Wednesday.
Earlier today at an editorial breakfast, Emanuel said he expects Obama to give a "big, visionary" acceptance speech.
He said Clinton's will have “a little more edge” to it.
Julia Hicks listens to a speech by Newark Mayor Cory Booker at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sept. 4, on the first day of the Democratic National Convention. (AFP PHOTO Robyn BECKROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages)
On-the-ground reaction and reporting from Mitch Potter (@MPwrites), Tim Harper (@nutgraf1) and Daniel Dale (@ddale8) in Charlotte and Josh Tapper in Toronto starting at 6:30 p.m. ET on Day 2 of the DNC.
Months ago, Sandra Fluke made headlines when Rush Limbaugh called her a "slut" and "prostitute."
"What does it say about the college coed Susan [sic] Fluke, who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex? What does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex," he said.
At the time, Fluke was testifying on the limited contraceptive coverage in Georgetown's University's insurance plan.
(Limbaugh later apologized, saying he "chose the wrong words.")
Since the Limbaugh incident, she's become a prominent women's activist taking on male personalities in media today. Here she talks about life post-Limbaugh.
Recently, Bill O'Reilly suggested that condoms will fall from the convention roof on her.
Fluke had a response ready. “I think it’s clearly offensive to see a bunch of guys sitting around laughing about dropping condoms on a woman,” Fluke said on MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” on Monday. “Obviously, that’s offensive. But I try to just not pay attention to it, look past it and focus on the policies that I care about.”
Tonight, she is speaking at the DNC. The feminist superstar is key to the Obama campaign, because she reminds people of Republican's so-called "war on women" and is an advocate for birth control, a pillar of Obamacare.
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