August 14, 2010

UPDATED: PHOTO SHOPPED -- Jackie O'Not: “Let me tell you something — for the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really not proud of my first lady.“


"File under: So Jackie Kennedy. Not. Here’s a pic of our illustrious First Lady visiting royalty in Spain. You’ll have to guess which one is Michelle Antoinette." -- Shots from Today’s 3rd Hour of Tammy Radio

Excuse me, but (between vactions) isn't the person on the right supposed to be in charge of the Federal Government's "No Child's Fat Behind" program?

[And it's not just the dress, the blouse, the shoes, the body type. It's about the perpetual slump. It's about posture; about "carriage." The lack of it speaks volumes. ]

UPDATE: A commenter asserts this is photoshopped.

UPDATE 2: And it is

Arrrrgh.... snookered again! BASTARDS!

Repeat to self 1,001 times: "If it seems too good to be true..."

Michelle Obama's Mirror (Who should know) sends in this item:

French President Nicolas Sarkozy's wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy (R) and Spain's Princess Letizia (L) walk the stairs of the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid on April 27, 2009.

and this tell-tale blow-up of clone stamp repeats from the shopped photo.


UPDATE 3: A correspondent writes to say that the shot displays accurately what it seeks to display in terms of "comparison." It's just one photograph blended with another, after all.

True enough, but unfortunately not true. Which is the point, after all.

I allowed my own bias to overcome my judgment and was fooled and made a fool. Whether that was from the right, left, center, on an outpost on the planet Zul is irrelevant. The photo was false and intended to fool. In that it was successful and in that it is evil. The "intent" behind it is irrelevant.

"Photoshopped but accurate" is a punchline, not a justification. Ever.

Posted by Vanderleun at August 14, 2010 9:06 PM
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Oh. Dear. Lord. This is a fashion fail to beat all fashion fails.

Posted by: Jewel at August 14, 2010 9:25 PM

She's an overbearing onion in a petunia patch.


Posted by: jwm at August 14, 2010 9:35 PM

No, she's a waxy fat stinking cabbage among a bed of slender and elegant endive. She has no arugula.

Posted by: Jewel at August 14, 2010 9:37 PM

Oh wont you take me home tonight?
Oh down beside that red firelight
Oh and you give it all you got
Fat bottomed girls you make the rockin' world go round
Fat bottomed girls you make the rockin' world go round

Queen -- Fat Bottomed Girls
Words and music by Brian May

Posted by: Fat Man at August 14, 2010 9:58 PM

From the school of stupid guy games this would be a slam dunk in " Yes, Drunk, No".

Posted by: David McKinnis at August 14, 2010 9:59 PM

She only looks huge if you assume she's a woman. Once you understand she's Patrick Ewing in a dress it all makes sense.

Posted by: Scott M at August 14, 2010 10:23 PM

Racism. Straight up.


Posted by: rickl at August 15, 2010 12:05 AM

I'm inclined to agree with Fat Man and Brian May, but...geez.

There are exceptions to every rule, I suppose.

Posted by: rickl at August 15, 2010 12:09 AM

Scott M: As I was drinking coffee, I read your post. I have coffee splattered all over my screen thanks to you! But Scott, your post is priceless.

Posted by: Cilla Mitchell, Galveston Texas at August 15, 2010 1:43 AM

Most fashionable First Lady EVAH!

Posted by: Mumblix Grumph at August 15, 2010 2:55 AM

Lover her or hate her, that was one mean photographer.

Posted by: Mike Anderson at August 15, 2010 4:02 AM

I'm just salivating over the shoes those two felines are sporting. Even the soles of those shoes are classier than anything MO is wearing.

Posted by: Joan of Argghh! at August 15, 2010 5:00 AM

Moochelle Obama is fat, ugly, dresses very badly, is a frump, is badly educated, greedy, selfish and rude. Her sense of entitlement is unlimited.

Her campaign against fat children displays a total lack of self-awareness. It is laughable.

She is a disgrace to FLOTUS. Remember all the elegant, productive Presidents' wives we've had, a nearly unbroken line since Eleanor Roosevelt. She is even worse than Mrs Ford and Carter.

Posted by: bob sykes at August 15, 2010 5:23 AM

I'm in Australia and even I'm embarrassed. That's one of the most cringe-worthy things ever.

Oh, and I'm with Joan on the shoes.

Posted by: nilk at August 15, 2010 5:36 AM

That's Carla Bruni in the middle.

One word: YUM.

Posted by: at August 15, 2010 6:33 AM

Hey peasants, Moochelle is not only the most glamorous First Lady since Jackie O, she's also on Maxim's 100 Hottest Women list.

The media's sycophancy is embarrassing.

Posted by: butch at August 15, 2010 6:34 AM

Wait a minute.. wait a minute! What happened to her hair? I don't remember MO having a cropped down fro. Where's the hair? I need to see more pictures of this incident. And I'm sure all the men visiting here won't object as long as the other two women are in the frame.

Posted by: Western Chauvinist at August 15, 2010 6:50 AM

I don't really care what she looks like, and frankly I find the current internet comments about her appearance embarrassing. Face it, if she had the soul of Laura Bush she'd be beautiful.

Beauty is only skin-deep, but ugly goes clear to the bone.

Posted by: Rob De Witt at August 15, 2010 7:07 AM

O boned her-She's U-gleeee all the way. Wanna bet O dreamt he wuz boning Ewing?

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck at August 15, 2010 8:19 AM

I'm no fashion expert, but it looks like Plantation-chic to me.

Posted by: Ed at August 15, 2010 8:41 AM

Number 1 on Google auto-fill for "Michelle Obama is" is "fat". Number 5 is "a man" and number 6 is "so ugly".

Posted by: Hangtown Bob at August 15, 2010 9:01 AM

This is not the work of a mischievous, mean photographer.

This picture is a photo shop. The ladies on the left (Princess Letizia and Mme Sarkozy) were on their way to a luncheon in April 2009. Mrs. Obama was added - I haven't been able to find the original yet.

I agree with Mr. De Witt, it is Mrs. Obama's values and personality that I find embarrassing, not her appearance. She is a very strong appearing American Negro woman, whom it would be politically correct to call African-American, and has a "large-boned" physique. If her physique was matched with a similarly robust, America-loving, generous, and sunny disposition, the conservative side of the internet would LOVE her. It's her sourness, her anti-American mean streak, and her elite-left sense of entitlement that make her appear so awkward.

Posted by: Punditarian at August 15, 2010 9:02 AM

I do not like the woman.

I do not like ANY person who ever took a check for running (even putatively) any office, department, or division that has "Diversity" in the title. Double the disgust when it is my money being spent.

She's not a likable person.

But I saw this stuff coming when the media, led by Oprah Winfrey, attempted to force an overnight metamorphosis of the woman from Chicago thug moll to lady of State. I knew it would end badly; Ms. Obama is simply unequipped to be a player at any level beyond "paid sweet $ for being connected to a high profile politician"....

Axe handles. Plural.

Posted by: TmjUtah at August 15, 2010 9:06 AM

I found that in seconds on Google.

It doesn't change my opinion of that woman, though.

Posted by: TmjUtah at August 15, 2010 9:09 AM

Sorta gives a whole new dimension to the word 'entropy'.

Posted by: Robert at August 15, 2010 9:21 AM

Yes, it's shopped, and she wouldn't have dressed like that for that occasion. But let's be honest...even if Michelle had been there and appropriately dressed, it wouldn't have been a fair contest.

Posted by: Rich Fader at August 15, 2010 9:26 AM

Shopped? Now that's *very* interesting. Can you point me to an original?

Posted by: vanderleun at August 15, 2010 9:58 AM

I would never have critized Ms. Obama's appearance if she hadn't happily promoted the idea that she is beautiful, flawless, and a fashion icon. Since she has done this egotistical parade, she's fair game. I feel sorry for a woman who has no one to tell what does and does not look good on her and feel more sorry for a woman so full of herself that she would not listen to the advice.

Posted by: Well, well, well at August 15, 2010 10:00 AM

There's more pics in the comments as SondraK's.

Michelle definitely looks p'shopped into the pic.

Posted by: Joan of Argghh! at August 15, 2010 10:08 AM

Yes I can! Check your email for proof.

Not my work, butt not bad either.


Posted by: MOTUS at August 15, 2010 10:38 AM

Those arms almost drag the ground. Is that the photoshopped part?

Posted by: Jewel at August 15, 2010 10:49 AM

No, the arms are all natural.

Posted by: MOTUS at August 15, 2010 10:56 AM

Arrrrgh..... now please supply name and address of photoshopper so I can visit and instruct with baseball bat.

Posted by: vanderleun at August 15, 2010 10:56 AM

I wonder if her many deluded admirers ever give any thought to how much she spends to look that bad. It is beyond profligate.

Posted by: della street at August 15, 2010 10:58 AM

Even with photoshop in mind, there's no lipstick fashion in the world that could cure this.

Posted by: David McKinnis at August 15, 2010 11:11 AM

But she is as she is and added to the photo.

Posted by: Jewel at August 15, 2010 11:50 AM

Meh. C'mon, the real pics of her bedonk are far worse than this, though lacking the stunning comparisons.

She wears dresses like the one above because she's too proud to wear an "Esther" spanx under more form fitting dresses.

Posted by: Joan of Argghh! at August 15, 2010 12:37 PM

She looks like an Alabama maid on wash day. What is up with her HAIR? Couldn't find a 'do rag?

Posted by: Jenny at August 15, 2010 1:30 PM

You weren't really cheated, Gerard. That's a real picture of Ms. Bruni and Princess Letizia, and that's a real picture of Ms. Obama. The only thing 'shopped was the juxtaposition, which didn't happen in real life.

Carla's prettier than the Princess, though it would take a lot of crackers for either one...

I want to criticize people for being snarky about Michelle Obama's looks, at least partly because I'm no prize myself -- people don't run screaming, but I don't get many invitations -- but Rob de Witt and Punditarian have it right: If M'chelle had a pretty personality she wouldn't be bad looking. As it stands, she's Poke Sallet Annie, "A wretched, spiteful, straight-razor-totin' woman." Snark away.


Posted by: Ric Locke at August 15, 2010 4:31 PM

Once I heard that the pic was a photoshop, I looked again, and it became obvious. Look at the far right edge of M.O.'s arm against the dark background.
But, truth to tell, my eye never quite got to M.O.'s right arm. It sort of landed on the other two ladies' hips, legs, and (yeah, Joan) those lethal pumps, and well...
I never looked much north of that, to tell the truth.


Posted by: jwm at August 15, 2010 5:50 PM

It doesn't matter whether God made Michelle Obama beautiful or pug ugly, we none of us have control over what we were born with. Criticizing basic looks is pointless. But what a person does with what they have, now that is fair game for praise or damnation.

What just amazes me about Obama, and irritates beyond words, is that except for desperate, just happened emergencies, no First Lady should ever appear crumpled, tousled, without makeup, underdressed, uncoiffed or without a pleasant expression. First Ladies have almost unlimited resources and countless volunteer experts to help them, they are a very important public icon of the free world. Obama's slapdash appearance cannot be an accident; it must be a deliberate slap at Americans, and at her classier predecessors who played by the rules.

Michelle Obama demeans us all, shows a deep lack of self-respect and undercuts her husband practically every time she shows her face.

Posted by: raincityjazz at August 15, 2010 6:16 PM

iOwnTheWorld had the best caption: "Does this princess make my ass look fat?"

Posted by: Mark A at August 15, 2010 8:21 PM

Who's the chick in the middle? Those are Christian Laboutin shoes and cost upwards of $1500.

Posted by: Kate Rafferty at August 16, 2010 4:54 AM

The lady in blue is Mme. Sarkozy, nee Bruni.

Posted by: Punditarian at August 16, 2010 11:30 AM


That line refers to Poke Salad Annie's mother.


Posted by: Punditarian at August 16, 2010 11:31 AM

Original blurb from iOwnTheWorld's posting of this picture:

"Not sure who sent us this, but, TY! Inserting Meshell into this pic is an eye opener. And a gullet opener."

We posted it acknowledging that it's a photoshop. It had nothing to do with blowing parts up to see pixels, for me it was immediately apparent because whoever did this p-shop put part of Michelle's skirt in front of the woman's handbag even though she is placed a few feet in front of the hottie.

I'm still not sure why the pic has to be real to make it's point, as long as Michelle's pic is undoctored.

Posted by: BigFurHat at August 16, 2010 12:27 PM

Gerard, bravo for promptly rooting this out. This can happen to the best of us, and you are definitely one of the best.

Posted by: JewishOdysseus at August 16, 2010 4:07 PM
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