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Old 25 November 2009, 04:51 AM
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Airplane How to step off Air Force One with dignity

Enough said.

How to step off Air Force One with dignity!

Kinda makes ‘ya proud, don’t it?

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Old 25 November 2009, 05:01 AM
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Okay, wow. I'm going to start with the glaringly obvious.

See the stairs on the left? Now look at the ones on the right. See the difference? The ones on the left appear to be carpeted, the ones on the right are not. Even presuming that is Michelle Obama in the picture on the right, if the carpet is laid out for Laura Bush as First Lady, it should be the same for Michelle Obama.

That said, the woman on the left does not look like Michelle Obama. It looks like a random photo of a black woman with just enough of a serviceman in the foreground to make it look like she's getting off of Air Force One.

Seriously, I've seen the haters do better. Looks like they weren't even trying this time.
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Old 25 November 2009, 05:04 AM
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I'm pretty sure it is Michelle Obama. I think I've seen the picture before in a non-crazy context. I think the difference is that Laura Bush was arriving for an official trip, but Michelle Obama was on a private trip.

ETA: http://allday.msnbc.msn.com/archive/...8/2034169.aspx

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Even presuming that is Michelle Obama in the picture on the right, if the carpet is laid out for Laura Bush as First Lady, it should be the same for Michelle Obama.
Different airports have different stairs available.

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Old 25 November 2009, 05:05 AM
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I'm nearly positive that is actually Michelle Obama. I'm also nearly positive that I've seen that picture before, and it was not a picture of her stepping off Air Force One.

And if Barry wasn't on the plane with her, it wasn't Air Force One, was it?

ETA: According to this blog, it was at the Grand Canyon in August. And the Prez was with her.
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Old 25 November 2009, 05:10 AM
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Here's the original of the image:



It was taken during a trip to the Grand Canyon:

http://blackpoliticalthought.blogspo...shorts-on.html
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Old 25 November 2009, 05:10 AM
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I found a few more images from the same time.


I think that settles the question of whether it is Michelle or not. But I say, so what? Why should she have to be all dolled up all the time just because of her husband's job?

ETA to your ETA: The pres. was indeed with her.
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Old 25 November 2009, 05:53 AM
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I wonder how the circulator of the OP usually dresses when ON VACATION AT THE GRAND F-IN' CANYON!

Good grief.
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Old 25 November 2009, 06:55 AM
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Huh. I thought reading the OP it was a dig at Laura Bush and not Michelle Obama.

Part of the huge appeal of the Obamas in the White House was that they weren't silver spoon babies, and got everywhere they went by merit and not accident of birth.
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Old 25 November 2009, 07:44 AM
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I wonder if it's more amusing, or different at all, to us here in other nations? The manic Obama-bashing that goes on seems to be of a completely different nature to the manic Bush-bashing that there was. It's all just highly amusing to us.

Oh, and I don't know how much younger the Obamas are than the Bushes but ... let's NOT see Laura Bush in that same outfit, anyway. Michelle is a hot lady. She and Barack are still young and good looking, and they can wear that kind of stuff.

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Old 25 November 2009, 07:56 AM
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While not wearing shorts, the Bush couple used to step of planes in a less dignified manner when going on vacation, too:



President Bush, carrying his dog Barney, and first lady Laura Bush step off Air Force One in Waco, Texas before beginning vacation at his Crawford, Texas ranch, Aug. 13, 2007. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)


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ETA: Why is it "his Crawford, Texas ranch", by the way? Shouldn't it be "their Crawford, Texas ranch"?
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Old 25 November 2009, 08:08 AM
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Why is it "his Crawford, Texas ranch", by the way? Shouldn't it be "their Crawford, Texas ranch"?
Proper ladies don't own ranches.
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Old 25 November 2009, 10:06 AM
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That said, the woman on the left does not look like Michelle Obama.
I see no reason why she should as it is the woman on the right that is supposed to be Mrs Obama.
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Old 25 November 2009, 11:58 AM
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But I say, so what? Why should she have to be all dolled up all the time just because of her husband's job?
Don't you see the chaos that would ensue if the world found out that she has knees?
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Old 25 November 2009, 01:31 PM
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She's young enough to pull it off, why not? It's not like she was getting off the plane at some ceremony or in a foreign country, she was coming back from vacation.

I just think it's been so long since we've had a young, fashionable first lady, we forgot that not all of them wear bland pantsuits in the same 3 colors.

I'm w/One Fang, lets NOT see Laura Bush in that outfit! Laura Bush just wishes she were that hot to pull off that look!
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Old 25 November 2009, 01:52 PM
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Anybody been to the Grand Canyon in August? It's bloody freaking hot. And, while I am sure she could've worn some lovely sports wear separates and then forced everybody to wait on her while she changed into more suitable clothing for National Park visiting. But that'd make the haters' heads go all 'splody, so she probably chose wisely.
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Old 25 November 2009, 02:00 PM
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What's with all the Laura Bush negativity?
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Old 25 November 2009, 02:35 PM
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That's a change indeed.

A positive change.

BTW, I'm quite sure that the guy who wrote the comment in the OP belongs to those who worshipped Bush as "the simple guy you could have a beer with". O irony.
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Old 25 November 2009, 02:42 PM
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I'm w/One Fang, lets NOT see Laura Bush in that outfit! Laura Bush just wishes she were that hot to pull off that look!
I agree. Women of a certain age should just have to suffer in uncomfortable clothes. Serves them right for getting so old and unattractive!
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Old 25 November 2009, 02:46 PM
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Nice. I am embarrassed for Mrs Obama. She has an image to uphold and failed miserably in this case. It doesn't matter how your average tourist looks on vacation. She is no longer an average tourist. She is a reflection of the office her husband holds. She needs to look like she has it 'together'. She should look casual without looking crumpled.
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Old 25 November 2009, 02:48 PM
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Nice. I am embarrassed for Mrs Obama. She has an image to uphold and failed miserably in this case. It doesn't matter how your average tourist looks on vacation. She is no longer an average tourist. She is a reflection of the office her husband holds. She needs to look like she has it 'together'. She should look casual without looking crumpled.
One of the characters I most loathed while I was in the military was the spouse who wore their military spouse's rank.

She's a person first, First Lady second.

And she was at the Grand Canyon. On vacation. And had been on a plane.
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