October 24, 2009

FLOTUS … Like It's 1959

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I find this brilliant the way it pairs old school and new, and also promotes the Obamas as the folks next door.

Shades of classic TV, oldies rock and throwback sport jerseys, encountering our still-new First Lady inside a hula hoop — that elegant artifact of cultural nostalgia — is wonderfully engaging. …Of course, that “there you go” expression doesn’t hurt either.

(image: Larry Downing. caption: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama tries to hula hoop with children at the White House Healthy Kids Fair on the South Lawn in Washington, October 21, 2009)

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