Michelle and Ann Pretty in Expensive Pink

Ethel C. Fenig
The liberal media war on women continues. As the media duly noted, at Tuesday's debate both Michelle Obama (D) and Ann Romney (R) were attractively attired in pink in acknowledgment of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Digging deeper into this important factoid, US Weekly  headlined

Ann Romney Wears $1,690 Oscar de la Renta Dress to Presidential Debate

Romney, 63, selected a short-sleeved crimped cotton silk dress by Oscar de la Renta.The Spring 2013 design is not yet available in stores, but retails for $1,690.

Well, if that's important for a headline and opening paragraph shouldn't the following vital piece of information about Michelle Obama's dress headline and lead the story instead of being buried several paragraphs into the report? 

Obama, 48, styled a shift dress and cropped jacket from Michael Kors' 2013 resort collection. The dress retails for $1,795 and the jacket is $1,495.

According to the math I learned in public school--and verified by a calculator--this means Michelle's outfit cost a grand total of $3290 or $1600 more than Ann's little frock. 

Now that's newsworthy.  Headline worthy even.  But it doesn't fit the class warfare paradigm of the liberal media; the price tag of Romney's outfit did so they went with that.

But of course Mrs. Obama can continue to purchase expensive outfits for many, many years; because her husband has spent most of his working life as a government employee, uhm, excuse me, in public service, he will have, as Mitt Romney accurately noted, an extremely generous pension.

As president, he will receive $191,300 annually for life - win or lose in next month's election - and receives a travel allotment as well as mailing privileges. Should Obama lose, his presidential pension kicks in immediately after leaving office. Given that the president enjoys a normal life span, the pension allotment would be worth upwards of $6 million. The federal budget spends about $3 million annually for the four living ex-presidents. Obama also will get Secret Service protection.

In addition, Obama may be due a nice pension for the eight years he served in the Illinois Legislature as a state senator. Illinois is infamous for its lavish pension plan for former lawmakers. A Freedom of Information Act request for Obama's pension amount submitted Wednesday to the General Assembly Retirement System of Illinois was not immediately answered, nor was a call to the Obama campaign.

And of course Obama prepped for the presidency by representing corrupt Illinois in the United States Senate for a few years; certainly long enough to collect a federal government pension for his valiant public service there. 

As for the Romneys, they will have to get by on his governor's pension from Massachusetts plus the substantial investments in his IRA and other savings and investments he earned while working mostly in the private sector creating wealth and jobs for others.


Oh, and by the way, 

In an Us poll published earlier on Wednesday, 67% of readers liked Michelle Obama's pink dress best.

Good enough for government subsidized work. 



The liberal media war on women continues. As the media duly noted, at Tuesday's debate both Michelle Obama (D) and Ann Romney (R) were attractively attired in pink in acknowledgment of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Digging deeper into this important factoid, US Weekly  headlined

Ann Romney Wears $1,690 Oscar de la Renta Dress to Presidential Debate

Romney, 63, selected a short-sleeved crimped cotton silk dress by Oscar de la Renta.The Spring 2013 design is not yet available in stores, but retails for $1,690.

Well, if that's important for a headline and opening paragraph shouldn't the following vital piece of information about Michelle Obama's dress headline and lead the story instead of being buried several paragraphs into the report? 

Obama, 48, styled a shift dress and cropped jacket from Michael Kors' 2013 resort collection. The dress retails for $1,795 and the jacket is $1,495.

According to the math I learned in public school--and verified by a calculator--this means Michelle's outfit cost a grand total of $3290 or $1600 more than Ann's little frock. 

Now that's newsworthy.  Headline worthy even.  But it doesn't fit the class warfare paradigm of the liberal media; the price tag of Romney's outfit did so they went with that.

But of course Mrs. Obama can continue to purchase expensive outfits for many, many years; because her husband has spent most of his working life as a government employee, uhm, excuse me, in public service, he will have, as Mitt Romney accurately noted, an extremely generous pension.

As president, he will receive $191,300 annually for life - win or lose in next month's election - and receives a travel allotment as well as mailing privileges. Should Obama lose, his presidential pension kicks in immediately after leaving office. Given that the president enjoys a normal life span, the pension allotment would be worth upwards of $6 million. The federal budget spends about $3 million annually for the four living ex-presidents. Obama also will get Secret Service protection.

In addition, Obama may be due a nice pension for the eight years he served in the Illinois Legislature as a state senator. Illinois is infamous for its lavish pension plan for former lawmakers. A Freedom of Information Act request for Obama's pension amount submitted Wednesday to the General Assembly Retirement System of Illinois was not immediately answered, nor was a call to the Obama campaign.

And of course Obama prepped for the presidency by representing corrupt Illinois in the United States Senate for a few years; certainly long enough to collect a federal government pension for his valiant public service there. 

As for the Romneys, they will have to get by on his governor's pension from Massachusetts plus the substantial investments in his IRA and other savings and investments he earned while working mostly in the private sector creating wealth and jobs for others.


Oh, and by the way, 

In an Us poll published earlier on Wednesday, 67% of readers liked Michelle Obama's pink dress best.

Good enough for government subsidized work.