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IMAGE Middletown Police Seek Witnesses to Fatal Pedestrian/Motor Vehicle Accident
Tuesday, 16 September 2014
MIDDLETOWN, NJ - Today, September 16, 2014 at approximately 3:20am the Middletown Police Department responded to a fatal motor vehicle collision... Read More...
Vacca Children Wish Peace on 9-Year Old Who Accidentally Killed Their Father
Tuesday, 16 September 2014
brightcove.createExperiences(); PHOENIX, AZ - The family of Arizona gun instructor, Charlie Vacca, who was accidentally killed by a... Read More...
Volunteers Needed for Halloween Festivities in the Historic Town of Atlantic Highlands
Tuesday, 16 September 2014
Atlantic Highlands, NJ - Eight nights of Halloween festivities are about to come to the historic town of Atlantic Highlands, and volunteers are... Read More...
IMAGE Jersey Shore Partnership Makes a Splash with Big Wave Anchor Award
Tuesday, 16 September 2014
PHOTO: ( left to right):  Robert Mainberger,President Jersey Shore Partnership; John Szeliga, Chairman of the Jersey Shore Partnership... Read More...
IMAGE CPC Behavioral Healthcare Opens Freehold Counseling Center
Tuesday, 16 September 2014
Behavioral Health, Addiction Recovery, Counseling & Education Services Offer Hope and Help for Monmouth Families Freehold, NJ –... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Hoy for the Hall of Fame
by Daniel J. Vance
Saturday, 13 September 2014
I guess every year you'll just have to get used to reading about William Elsworth “Dummy” Hoy, a deaf professional baseball player from... Read More...
IMAGE 9/11 - An Historic Shift
by Jack Archibald
Friday, 12 September 2014
Wherever you walk in lower Manhattan on September 11, there is always some quiet reflection going on.  Most of the workers are quietly going... Read More...
IMAGE Skewed View - September 12, 2014
by Tom Brennan
Friday, 12 September 2014
Here's a handy info graph that shows what diseases kills most of us and how much we give to those diseases: http://bit.ly/1lLNoKL "12 Year-old... Read More...
IMAGE Could Someone Else Pray?
by George Hancock-Stefan
Thursday, 11 September 2014
E. M. Bounds starts his book on prayer by telling us that the world will never know the things that were altered through prayer - Elijah praying and... Read More...
IMAGE The Four Rs of Education
by Anne Mikolay
Thursday, 11 September 2014
Now that summer vacation has ended, I've seen lots of little children heading off to school, some with neat, new clothes and clean backpacks, others... Read More...

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anne_mikolay_2012_120“We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths – that all of us are created equal – is the star that guides us still,” said President Obama in his second inaugural address.

Apparently, the real “star” of the 57th Presidential Inauguration was Michelle Obama. The American public, forever enamored with pomp and circumstance and “all the pretty people,” were predictably focused on Mrs. Obama's attire and new hairstyle. Just this once I'm going to step outside my comfort zone and jump on the bandwagon in praise of Michelle Obama.

It must be extremely difficult to live life in a fish bowl, but Mrs. Obama consistently handles it well, and the festivities of the 57th Presidential Inauguration were no exception. Our First Lady and her daughters were well dressed, stylish, composed. In her red inaugural gown (created by young designer Jason Wu), Mrs. Obama personified grace and represented the United States with dignity. And for the record, 74% of those polled by essence.com voted in favor of Michelle Obama's bangs.

That being said, I do not comprehend society's “beautiful people” preoccupation, that same fascination that once transformed Jacqueline Kennedy into the Queen of Camelot or Lady Diana Spencer into the Peoples' Princess. While I admired Princess Diana (Mrs.Kennedy was before my time), and detect similar poise in Michelle Obama, I never once forgot that Princess Diana was human - as is Mrs. Obama - not a paper doll or stiff fashion mannequin. If Mrs. Obama wants to sport bright purple gloves, wear bangs, or roll her eyes at House Speaker John Boehner, she should be free to do so without setting the internet on fire. (Quite interesting that Mrs. Obama was unfavorably criticized for her reaction to Boehner without the benefit of audio of Boehner's comments.) Reaction to fashion and celebrity is commonplace, but no matter how blurred the line between celebrity and politics, we still should not judge a book by its cover. Nobody is perfect. Nobody. We've placed the presidential fish bowl on a mighty high pedestal indeed.

We move forward now into President Obama's second term. Mrs. Obama's red inaugural gown will be retired to the Smithsonian. She'll rise tomorrow, comb out her bangs, pull on her J.Crew gloves and put one foot in front of the other - like the rest of us.