Michelle Obama's Right to Bare Arms

02/27/2009 at 01:43 PM ET

Ron Edmonds/AP

It may be February and freezing, but Michelle Obama is heating up D.C. with her toned arms — often bared and on display in the First Lady’s fearless fashion choices. From the Inaugural Ball, where Obama showed off her shoulders and arms in a Jason Wu strapless gown, to the pink Tracy Reese frock she chose for her PEOPLE cover, her lean limbs are what everyone is buzzing about. But don’t think they come that easily. Her workout regimen includes cardio, calisthenics and weights, she told PEOPLE when she was on the campaign trail in 2007, and don’t forget good old-fashioned pushups. “It’s jump squats, you go down into a pushup then you jump up,” she said then about her routine. “What does [my trainer] call it? Squat thrusts! That’s the one I really hate. Squat thrusts with a pushup.” Celebrity trainer Elisa Gulan said not only push-ups, but probably light weights and heavy repetition helped sculpt her arms. “She has amazing tone and definition, but her arms are also sleek and streamlined,” said Gulan, whose clients include actress Becky Newton and host Terry Seymour. “You don’t get arms like that just from being on a diet.” And how does the American public feel about her predilection for sleeveless dresses? In a USA Today poll, 2,600 readers weighed in on whether it’s appropriate for the First Lady to go sleeveless so often. Forty percent said, “Yes, she’s a modern first lady,” 11 percent said, “No, it seems too informal.” The remaining 49 percent said, “Who cares [DASH] it’s her decision.” After all, voters did choose change in November! — Additional reporting by Sandra Sobieraj Westfall

For more on White House life, including family games, dinner-table conversations and new bedtime-reading habits, pick up this week’s PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday, and check out Michelle Obama’s First 100 Days of Style on InStyle.com.

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MomT on

EXCUSE ME PEOPLE! But if you all think she’s all that you definately got your head in the sand too deep. She’s going to be no better than MR.CHANGE is going to be.He won’t ever hold “PRESIDENT” very proudly.You know she’s there to back him up on his mess ups just like all the rest of the idiot so called presidents have had in the past. Personally she could howl at the moon for all I care and probably does. Her job is to give the world her buck toothed smile and everyone will dislike or love her. My opinion KEEP YOUR PITS TO YOURSELF MRS.CHANGE and her other half may go out smelling like a rose.

mantecanaut on

Bare arms! Bare arms – geddit?! Oh, genius!

MyAssessment on

Sorry, can’t say that I am too concerned on all the glitz and glamour including what she wears (when you know she hates dressing up) and the dog (you know they are only getting it for show). I think I am a bit burned out on the whole Obama glamour show.

K-wag on

Great arms, mostly great clothes, but she should avoid some shades of purple. The darker ones make her look old. All that notwithstanding, Mrs. Obama MUST work on her posture. She slouches, juts her head and shoulders forward, and generally walks like a woman who is trying to compensate for her height. Doesn’t matter how toned she is, what she wears or how much she works out, if the posture is all you see, then work on that right away. Love her regardless!

Sinead56 on

Quote: “Has she improved her walk? It’s “athletic” to say the least.”

I agree, she walks like a man to be honest with you.

Quote: “I am sorry but people feel they need to say she is beautiful; maybe inside but if you want to be honest I have to disagree with most on here I really don’t see the beauty (outside) You are all to attached to the hype of Obama and feel that saying anything negative could or would portray you as not being Loyal to the Obama’s sorry…Truth is …she really isn’t that pretty on the outside.”

Well said, and we really don’t know how she is on the inside. All we really know is she likes to fill our heads about her and Obama’s love story I really want to know what she has done as far as charity work she has been involved in. What she wants to tackle to make life better for those hurting right now from having no work, no homes and not enough to money to feed and dress their children as well as she can afford to do for her children.

Lovely on

This comment is to address Susan’s comment about big ol’ lips. Those are the same lips that white women try to get with injections and get praise for like Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts. Not tryin’ to make this racial, but I get tired of people tryin’ to hate on features that are prevalent amongst blacks, but they try to get it (i.e. full lips, rear-ends, hips, tans for darker skin, etc.). Bascially beauty is in the eye of the beholder and her husband is lovin’ it and that’s all that matters. Stop hatin’ she is BEAUTIFUL.

Sinead56 on

Angelina Jolie has beautiful features, and beautiful sexy lips. Obama’s problem is her mouth, way ugly, and it’s her over-sized mouth with so many teeth she can’t close her mouth. And she has such large manly features. Not at all beautiful or pretty, or even average, just ugly.

That’s the difference.

brb on

She looks like a pekingese pup…lol

Barack on

Mr. Obama says he wants to usher in a new era of personal responsibility. If that were true than he would curtail the laws that allow innocent infants to be killed through abortion and infanticide. Yet, he is doing the opposite. In his own words, “I don’t want my daughters punished with a baby”. His idea of personal responsibility is not only to destroy life (is infanticide anything other than that?), but to make others do it against their will. Some other historic figures come to mind when I think of that.
Mr. Obama’s idea is to control everything, because his arrogance tells him, he knows best. In his own words from the State of the Union address: “The U.S. budget released today isn’t just a budget. I see it as a vision for America — as a blueprint for our future.” With it, Mr. Obama becomes the economy’s Architect-in-Chief. (Quote from WSJ).

His vision is not a path towards light. Our country is the greatest country on earth. Yes, we have some fixing to do. However, Mr. Obama’s blueprint, I suspect will render the same results of his idea of personal responsibility.

Lovely on

Sinead 56,
There is not an issue with your explanation of why you think she’s unattractive b/c that’s your opinion and you have the right to that just like others have the right to think she is attractive for their specific reasons. Like I said…beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The problem I have are with people like the person I mentioned making the comment “big ol’lips” like an insult or like it’s an unattractive feature, but only when it comes to certain ethnicities. Bottom line… Beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, features, and ethnicities.

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