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May 02, 2012

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the marginally wealthy know a good value. the obscenely wealthy have lost all touch with the concept of value.

(that top is hideous but it still looks better on ann than any top would look on hilary.)

Where was politico on all the gaudy, ridiculously expensive shit Michelle Obama has been wearing?

You're as oblivious as those people who say, "But a $15 Casio digital watch tells the time!" That's not the point. It's a social signal. It's about the fact that other people who shop at Saks or Bergdorf's will recognize you as one of their own. And almost as importantly, those who don't shop there won't know the difference between a Reed Krakoff and a $5 Seaside Heights special. The signal will go right over their heads. Unless, of course, a political web site alerts them to the difference.

Selling a shirt/blouse/top/whatever you want to term it, for that amount of money seems outrageous.

As far as Mrs. Romney goes, we don't know if she bought it personally or if was a gift or purchased by a personal shopper or what.

The person who this article makes appear the most lame however, is the woman from Reed Krakoff. She should have said how pleased they were to see her wear it....instead she makes the idiotic comment that they didn't send it to her. Really wrong way to represent your overpriced product.

"Where was politico on all the gaudy, ridiculously expensive shit Michelle Obama has been wearing?"

Mrs. Obama put a young designer on the map by wearing his custom dresses, but I don't know if she paid for them (the publicity the guy got was worth plenty though). Ann Romney appears to have bought her blouse off the rack.

Half Sigma,

Why are you surprised, exactly?

God damn, if you're going to support this latter-day aristocrat's ascension to power, shouldn't you be completely inured to his family's gaudy excesses by now?

The man has $100 million in his fucking IRA for chrissakes, and you're getting bent out of shape over his wife's fashion splurging?

Based on his 2010 tax return, he makes $1000 in less than a half hour from his assets. Why the fuck should his wife care if that piece of shit cost her even $10,000 or $100,000?

This is why the adjective "filthy" is appended to rich people like the Romneys.

By the way, how do you reconcile your support for the Buffett Rule with your support for Romney, who opposes it?

[HS: It's not just that it cost $999, but it cost $999 for a hideous print of a fish.]

Buyer's remorse, Sigma?

Btw, Sig, how's your online dating website coming along?

What I notice on this photo is that Ann Romney has had too much plastic surgery. She's getting that weird cat-eye look, and the bottom half of her face is all pulled up, her nose is flaring, and her chin sticks out a bit too much. Stop now, Ann, becuase the next round will leave you hideously weird-looking.

Off topic but I thought this link at Sailer's made for good Half Sigma fodder:

http://www.steynonline.com/4983/middle-class-mick

Actually, she only paid $990, a much more reasonable price.

"Where was politico on all the gaudy, ridiculously expensive shit Michelle Obama has been wearing?" - Anonymous


Pahleez the MSM constantly did hit pieces like this on Hillary when she was first lady. I recall a similar controversy when Sara Palin tried to appear folksy yet went on a six figure shopping spree in 08. Michelle kept in within reason buying upper middle class brands but not elite brands (at least during the campaign).

This campaign will come down to white women. Will they support sexy chocolate Obama or rich handsome Romney? Stories like these focusing on the spouses fashion taste of lack there of will gain a lot of prominence this year I'm calling it now.

Wow, she's less attractive than Hilary Clinton at the same age. She actually looks like one of my fraternity brothers, just with more hair.

""It looks like something you could buy for $5 at Seaside Heights.""

It is.

They buy the same garment from the same wholesaler and put their name tag in it six moths later.

You were talking about the price of good suits a little while back. Well this is the part of the woman's $1500 suit. People can tell a good suit without seeing the label, this print is her good suit, her woman friends will instantly recognize it as being from an expensive place they too shop.

"The man has $100 million in his fucking IRA for chrissakes, and you're getting bent out of shape over his wife's fashion splurging?"

And I, who worked close to 35 years as a teacher in a public high school, a gal from a working class background, who to this day lives in a modest but nice house in a modest but nice neighborhood in a community that has been going downhill, have $400,000 in my 403b and another $340,000+ in savings and I never topped $69,000 in salary as a teacher.

So what, bud? It's called working, investing, and saving since the day I entered the work force. No, I was not a risk-taker in investments; I used regular ole mutual funds, and that you make Romney's wealth into something dirty makes me know you feel the same about my wealth or anyone else's.

You make me sick.

Oh, Patrick, by the way.

My money invested in those mutual funds is responsible for companies being able to grow and growth means jobs...I am a job creator.

How about you?

Half Sigma responds to Patrick: "It's not just that it cost $999, but it cost $999 for a hideous print of a fish."

That "fish" is actually a bird. Now that you know it is a bird, does it still look hideous?

[HS: I looked at it again, and it still looks like a fish.]

That's the thing. You can get away with wearing hideous, tacky clothing if it's ridiculously expensive and from some obscure designer.

It is a very ugly shirt that no one should pay more than $9.99 for. But at least she didn't wear the even uglier pants.

http://nymag.com/fashion/fashionshows/2012/spring/main/newyork/womenrunway/reedkrakoff/#slide12&ss1

Funny, most men and women I know, even the Obama voters, think Ann Romney is quite attractive.

Might be a bird, but it still looks like a fish.

Oh look, there is a matching skirt:

http://nymag.com/fashion/fashionshows/2012/spring/main/newyork/womenrunway/reedkrakoff/#slide10&ss1

It probably costs $1990, even though it has less than 2 yards of fabric. I think this sort of fashion is like modern art. People just pretend to like it because they think they are supposed to. It is a total scam.

Whatever it is, I hope that Romney is smart enough to keep Ann off the news as much as possible. She is not that pretty but, being a successful blond with a super successful husband, she projects plenty of negative emotions for a great majority of white women. On the other hand, she does little to men. Keeping her a non-entity with no individual persona in the media would ensure Romney's best possible performance.

On the model, the creature looks more bird-like because it's mouth is more beak-like. The matching pants have feathers. Romney's looks more eel-ish. Overall, I think "Escher bird fish" when I look at the shite.

I like the idea of this as wealth-signaling hidden in plain sight. The job of politicians is to blow as many dog whistles as they can so as not to alienate different breeds of voters. Or maybe she just grabbed something from her clothes cavern and had no idea what it cost.

HS, why no mention of Occupy Bowel Street? Your people are everywhere.

Hahahaha! They totally saw her coming!

It's a bird. Very SWPL of her.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHmLljk2t8M

I'm sure half the crap Michelle Obama wears even before becoming first lady probably cost that and more.

I think there are bigger "fish" to fry than how much this lady's blouse costs.

How convenient of the msm
to point out Romney's fashion budget.

mm, please tell us something about your black students.

@ Anon


The first comment in that blog piece says it all. It's almost parody like. A chick constantly breaking up with her asshole boyfriends and the nice guy beta trying to get their leftovers. He's labeled a "creep" by her and the rest of the jizzabel crew but I really feel sorry for him. His view of women stems from the feminist and white knight paradigm. He even tells her he "knows how to treat women right". Dear lord if anyone here thinks Roissy is a fake just look at the disgust this poor guy generates.

alonzo,

In short, a small % of them were hard-working students who liked school (after all, we like what we do well, most of the time anyway), were determined to do well academically so that they could go to college and succeed there as well. They exhibited what probably is best summed up by the phrase "old-fashioned American values."

Based both on my observations and on their conversations with me and many of my colleagues, they were horrified and embarrassed by the majority behavior of those of their own race.

The first sentence of the second paragraph in the linked Politico article clearly states that the animal is a bird.

"And I, who worked close to 35 years as a teacher in a public high school, a gal from a working class background, who to this day lives in a modest but nice house in a modest but nice neighborhood in a community that has been going downhill, have $400,000 in my 403b and another $340,000+ in savings and I never topped $69,000 in salary as a teacher."

Congrats on your saving and investing -- two things I'm all for -- but you're missing the point.

Romney likely violated contribution limits to his tax-free IRA by drastically undervaluing assets placed in it, leading to its highly unusual size:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204468004577168972507188592.html

The lesser point made to Half Sigma about Ann Romney blowing a grand on a shirt was "so what?," given her extreme wealth, which, by the way, is on the order of 250 times your own.

Your angry asset-divulging screed has you taking a legitimate critique of a political candidate as if it were an attack on you and your personal finances. Quite odd.

Though you're not necessarily rich, you seem to display a deep insecurity about what wealth you do have and you're colorfully projecting imagined views on to me, including the absurdity that I'm somehow against investing in mutual funds -- which I myself do. What a joke.

Get over yourself, madam. For somebody that is quite financially secure you sound miserable.

If a commenter's interest in the financial dealings of a politician seeking high office "make you sick," to the point of listing your own assets in such a defensive and embarrassing manner, I would respectfully suggest that you avoid the internet until after the election.

There is a link in the Politico article with a picture of the full outfit. In the full outfit, you can easily make out feathers.

Remind me again why you are blogging about fashion on an HBD blog?

yes, it's ugly, but she's buying it with Mitt's money not taxpayer dollars like Obama's wife is digging living off rich people's tax dollara

Patrick, your blather is transparent. You act as if resources are evil. I doubt you actually believe that, but it satisfies some need. Most progressives are needy people. If I seem ready to attack, it's because I am. I am sick of the ridiculous memes that progressives push about the poor, about economics, about the well-off, the rich, the ambitious, the this, and the that.


That print blouse is hideous. Congress should immediately pass a law forbidding her from redecorating the White House. But only $1000? She should Neiman-Marucs or better; she could have been charged $1500 (IMHO).

Mm, I'm not "pushing a meme," you daffy bitch, I stated a fact about Mitt Romney. Getting all righteously butt-hurt and spazzing out over that is truly pathetic.

Tell me, where did I suggest that "resources are evil," in anything I said?

Quit arguing with the phantom progressives in your mind and get a grip on your emotionalism, for your own good.

It doesn't look bad to me. I think it's supposed to evoke the the birds in some Japanese silk paintings. http://www.nga.gov/feature/jakuchu/assets/images/main/8.jpg

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