Wiley: Leave the first ladies out of presidential race
Published: Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 01:11
If you have been living under a large rock the past few months, you may not know it’s election season. People are stirring with opinions and comments about the platforms each presidential candidate is taking. They argue over topics such as should we accept the president for four more years or make a change? But for whatever reason, some people don’t think these issues are worth arguing and they turn to the wives of the candidates.
An absurd issue that presents itself time and time again is what the potential first ladies are wearing. Are these people serious? The man standing beside her could one day control the free world and they are worried about that awful brooch she’s wearing?
As an experiment, I Google’d the first ladies. Sometimes they have charities they support or talk further on their husband’s platforms. It’s interesting to see what they are doing to aid their husband’s campaign. Nothing like that popped up, and the first thing that came up in Google is something about their clothes.
If you remember back to the very beginning of the campaign season, Ann Romney was slammed for her $990 yellow fish blouse. Yes, it had a giant yellow fish across it. I’m not sure why you would pay that much for an ugly shirt, but in the long run, does it matter? Around the same time, Michelle Obama got praised for wearing a $6,800 shirt. The argument is that Michelle Obama was going to see royals, so it was okay. In the long run, I could care less what either women is wearing! If they paid for it with their money and it didn’t affect what the prospective president had to say, quit arguing about it!
Every time the first lady wears an outfit or a gown to an event with the president, the dress becomes a hot button issue. Everyone wants to talk about how it worked on her figure, and how well they pulled it off. They do whole shows on how to get the first lady’s look. I understand she is the first lady and in the spotlight, but why would I want to dress like her? We should be listening to her for her knowledge, and watching what her husband has to say. Honestly it all boils down to it doesn’t matter what they wear or what they are doing. At this point in the race, all they need to do is stand there and look sophisticated. They can start their own agendas when they move into the White House.
These women probably married these men knowing what they wanted to do. They promised through thick and thin, and through media spotlights. It is our duty as responsible voters to quit listening to the incessant gossip about what hair style Ann Romney wore to the debate or if Michelle Obama coordinated with her kids on purpose. Come on voters, none of that affects health care, tuition prices or any of the other important issues. Let’s leave the fashion gossip to the celebrities we employ for this exact reason. Leave the first wives out of it!