We didn't realise you were such a big Jedward fan, Michelle. First Lady looks the part as she arrives in a windswept Ireland
The tanned Duchess of Cambridge blew Michelle Obama out of the water
So, the softly tanned new Duchess of Cambridge met Michelle Obama and, nuclear submarine cutbacks or no, she blew her American rival out of the water.
For their first meeting yesterday, Kate wore a simple but stylish £175 bandage dress in fashionable ‘nude’ from Reiss, one of the few truly British fashion brands left on the planet.
She looked every inch the modern and fashionable style icon she has become. As soon as Kate’s dress was identified, it promptly sold out, crashing the Reiss website into the bargain, which just shows how powerful she is.
Michelle Obama, on the other hand, looked like a little girl in a too short pink bolero (I hate boleros – and only six-year-olds should wear pink!) that my fashion spies tell me is not even vintage, it’s just old. Ouch.
The pale blue floral Fifties gown by Barbara Tfank, a Los Angeles-based designer who dresses everyone from singer Adele to Vanessa Redgrave, is just too prom and girly for the wife of the President.
Tfank’s dresses retail at around £1,400 – almost ten times what Kate’s dress cost.
But does the First Lady not realise that volume (ie, a puffed-out skirt) has become as unfashionable as snow-washed denim, while teaming a print with a bright colour has been a little overdone of late.
On the grooming front, I like Michelle’s sleek new bob, but it is getting a little too helmet like.
Another windy moment: Michelle Obama must have been remembering her Jedward moment yesterday as the Queen's outfit fares better in a gale
Awkward Moment During Obama Toast to Queen
The president and the orchestra at Buckingham Palace this evening were a bit out of synch.
When the president toasted the Queen the orchestra misunderstood a pause and what seemed to be a cue from the president for “God Save the Queen” to begin playing.
“Ladies and gentlemen please stand with me and raise your glasses as I propose a toast,” the president said, putting down his note cards and grabbing his glass. “To her majesty the Queen.”
The president paused, the guests stood, and the orchestra prepared to play.
But the president wasn’t done speaking.
“The vitality –“ the president said before the orchestra began.
Then the familiar tune – you might know it better as “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” – started up.
The president kept going: “ -- of the special relationship between our peoples and for the words of Shakespeare to this blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England,” the president said as the awkward moment played out.
The Queen looked ahead as the UK anthem played.
“To the Queen,” the president finally said.
He lifted his glass to her, she smiled a bit uncomfortably.
But because the song was playing, no one drank from his or her glass, including the president, who put his glass down on the table.
Then once the song was over, everyone raised a glass.
It almost felt like one of those moments at the Academy Awards when the speech from the recipient for Best Original Screenplay goes on too long and the orchestra tries to hustle him or her off the stage.
Kind of weird.
Protocol, apparently, requires the toastmaster to wait until after “God Save the Queen” plays and then begin the toast.
He never did actually drink to the Queen, either. He just put the glass down.
At least it isn’t just our National Anthem that he has issues with.
Is it any wonder he's dreaming of a happier time, back in 2008?
President Obama Has No Idea What Year It Is
"This is how President Obama signed the guestbook at Westminster Abbey earlier today, where he got a tour from the Very Reverend Dr. John Hall and laid a wreath on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior."
It is a great privilege to commemorate our common heritage, and common sacrifice.
24 May 2008
"It was really nice until he got the date wrong by three years. Granted, 2008 was a great year for him, and we might try to live it for as long as possible, too, if we were him. Also, though, he may have had a stroke."
Or maybe it was just all that Guinness...
According to Obama, the Guinness in Ireland is much better than the stuff they sell in the U.S.
Monday it's what happened inside the Moneygall pub that may not go down too smoothly with the American distributors of Ireland's world-famous Guinness.
The president got to reminiscing good-naturedly about a previous encounter with the tasty liquid.
"The first time I had Guinness," Obama said, "is when I came to the Shannon airport. We were flying into Afghanistan and so stopped in Shannon. It was the middle of the night. And I tried one of these and I realized it tastes so much better here than it does in the States."