ABC Hosts Swoon Over 'American Icon' Michelle Obama, Compare Her to Jackie Kennedy
Published: 11/10/2010 11:42 AM ET
According to Good Morning America, Michelle Obama is the second coming of Jackie Kennedy. Co-host Robin Roberts enthused on Wednesday, "...First Lady Michelle Obama is drawing comparisons to the first first lady of fashion diplomacy. That, of course, being Jackie Kennedy." An ABC graphic lauded the "American icon."
Correspondent Claire Shipman highlighted Michelle Obama's trip to India with her husband and hyped, "It's a charm and style offensive that has all of us reaching for that inevitable comparison. India just as besotted by this glamorous First Lady as it was by that ultimate style icon Jackie Kennedy, almost half a century ago."
Shipman has been reporting on the Obamas since 2007 and has made little attempt to hide her enthusiasm. On January 18, 2007, she rhapsodized about the "fluid poetry" of Barack Obama. On May 6, 2008, she gushed, "...I think it says it all that [Michelle Obama's] Secret Service code name is renaissance."
On October 31, 2008, the journalist wondered how Michelle Obama deals with her husband being "lusted after by all of these women out there" on the campaign trail.
On Wednesday, Shipman narrated as though she were at a fashion show: "From the moment Michelle Obama arrived in a classic gray sheathe with pearl buttons, a nod to a traditional Indian tunic, she's turned the fashion wattage up daily."
She added, "But, while her oh-so-divine predecessor captured hearts with her sheer perfection, Michelle Obama gives the role a thoroughly modern, approachable twist.
A transcript of the November 10 segment, which aired at 8:01am EST, follows: