February 7th, 2012
12:06 PM ET
The old adage … a picture is worth a thousand words. But it looks like the women’s retailer Ann Taylor hopes that picture translates into tens of thousands of dollars. In a recent email to its customers, Ann Taylor is highlighting First Lady Michelle Obama wearing a coat from its Spring 2012 Collection at a Let’s Move event last week. The coat, which retails for $248, appears in the ad under the banner: “A Fashion First.”
But Ann Taylor isn’t the first retailer to catch the attention of the fashionable first lady. J. Crew has been a bit of a staple for Mrs. Obama. She has worn its clothes on the cover of Vogue and as guest on the Tonight Show. But the first lady really upped the ante when she wore one of J.Crew’s cardigan and skirts in London while visiting the home of the British prime minister.
A long time supporter of American designers and not one to pick favorites, the First Lady has spread her support among a myriad of U.S. retailers. She donned an outfit from retailer Talbots on the cover of Essence magazine and a dress from White House Black Market when she appeared as a guest on ABC’s The View. A Time magazine article in 2009 even asked “Can Michelle Obama save fashion retailing?”
Retailers aren’t the only ones who have benefited from the First Lady’s attention to fashion. Indeed designing for the first lady can catapult a designer into the runway spotlight. Take, for example, Jason Wu who gained national attention when his design was chosen for Michelle Obama’s inaugural gown. Just this week, the designer launched his own ready-to-wear collection for Target, reportedly causing a mad rush for items in stores and nearly selling out on line.
January 20th, 2012
09:25 AM ET
It was apparently irresistible. Taking the stage at the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem at a fundraiser Thursday night, President Obama broke into song–at least a couple bars of the 1972 classic hit "Let's Stay Together".
UPDATE: White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer tweets:
I have worked for President Obama for 5 years and until last night, I had no idea that he could sing
January 17th, 2012
07:55 AM ET
Today is Michelle Obama's 48th birthday. Happy Birthday FLOTUS! Take a look at a quick history of other famous residents of the White House as their celebrate their special day.
January 15th, 2012
06:29 PM ET
President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and daughters Malia (partially seen at left) and Sasha attend church services at Zion Baptist Church in Washington on Sunday to mark Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
January 6th, 2012
04:09 PM ET
This picture, taken by White House photographer Pete Souza back on December 21, 2010, was released this week. It shows the President and Bo, the Obama family dog, during a ride in the presidential motorcade en route to PetSmart in Alexandria, Va. The President bought Bo some Christmas gifts at the pet store then walked nearby to Best Buy to purchase gifts for his daughters.
December 23rd, 2011
08:13 PM ET
President Obama and the first family are once again spending their annual holiday vacation on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, Obama's childhood home. The first family is renting a secluded 5-bedroom house situated on Kailua Beach, according to local realtor David Dunham. The first family has vacationed on Kailua Beach for the past three years.
The 6,000 square foot luxury house, has an "Asian flair", according to Dunham. Interior Designer Jay Gorsia designed the house to reflect the Chinese and Indian heritage of the owners. The house is accentuated with Brazilian hardwoods and cherry trim molding, and has a swimming pool set among a lush tropical garden and koi pond.
This year's presidential holiday retreat, just a few houses down the street from where the Obama family vacationed in the past, also has a larger swimming pool and a greater level of privacy than houses in years past. A temporary eight foot barrier has been built as an added measure of privacy and security according to Dunham. The Obamas are the first group to ever rent the house.
Dunham plans to list the house for sale once the Obama family returns to Washington. The sales price: a cool $7.9 million.
December 16th, 2011
03:42 PM ET
The President and First Lady addressed over 3000 service men and women in a Fort Bragg airplane hanger Wednesday, a day before the hand over of power in Iraq. There was a sense of excitement and anticipation in the air from completing their mission and at the prospect of being home for the holidays. Among the troops there was also an overwhelming feeling of unity and pride with the occasional HOO AH!!! throughout the President's speech.