Michelle Obama wore red Jason Wu for the inaugural balls: stunning & lovely?

In yesterday’s Open Post, I claimed that Michelle Obama would never, ever repeat Jason Wu for Pres. Obama’s second inaugural. Well, I was wrong! FLOTUS went back-to-back in Jason Wu gowns for the president’s first and second inaugural balls. In 2009, she wore the now infamous white, delicately-detailed Wu gown which I’m sure is in some kind of museum. Last night she wore this new Wu gown in “ruby chiffon and velvet”. Her jewelry was by Kimberly McDonald and her shoes were Jimmy Choo. I think this is a case of a gown moving differently than it photographs – because I don’t like the gown very much in these pics (it’s too orange-y and stiff-looking), but in motion, I really like it. Here’s the video of the Obamas dancing to Jennifer Hudson singing Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together”.

I understand why Michelle is such a fan of empire waists and super-high waists, but there’s a problem when she chooses a high waist and a full skirt – sometimes it adds weight to her lower half.

Also: do you want to talk about Michelle rolling her eyes at Speaker John Boehner? This happened at the fancy lunch at the Capitol just after the swearing in. The menu included lobster and bison and Michelle was seated in between the president and the speaker. Michelle was enjoying her food and it looked like Obama and Boehner were sharing a joke and Michelle was not amused at all. It was funny! But I took it more like “Michelle was rolling her eyes at a dumb joke” more than “Michelle was disrespecting the Speaker of the House”. Here’s the video:

Photos courtesy of Johnny Louis /wenn.

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  1. Sarabeth says:

    God they’re an attractive couple with two gorgeous daughters. I loved everything they wore yesterday, but this dress is my favorite

  2. T.C. says:

    I like the top half but the bottom is too material heavy. She loves her Jason Wu.

  3. Riana says:

    Michelle’s hair looks FAN-TASTIC.

    She’s a very educated woman with knowledge of the law, so I’d much prefer to imagine she’s eye-rolling Boehner because its much funnier to imagine.

    “Sure John…absolutely…ahuh.” eyeroll. Like a baws.

  4. Roma says:

    Her first gown is in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History… and it’s stunning.

    I actually spent a lot of time geeking out on the First Family’s china from each presidency.

    • DemoCat827 says:

      I was at the museum twice last year and, as always, spent a lot of time in the First Ladies exhibit. I think the red dress is even more fab than the white one. Loved it!

      • Rumorhasit says:

        It’s always fascinating to compare the gowns worn in the past, to see what these influential women wore on their husbands big nights. That exhibition allows you to do that, and helps those women come to life to the modern eye. I love this exhibit, and I too imagined this dress in it. Not the white one, THIS one. Can you imagine any other First Lady wearing this? Michelle is an educated, modern, maternal (but not matronly) woman, and she owns that.
        Can you begin to imagine Martha Washington, Mary Todd Lincoln, Mamie Eisenhower, or Nancy Reagan wearing something as bold…btw, I think Michelle took red right out from under Nancy Reagan with this dress.

    • Skipper says:

      Yes, there is an extensive exhibit of first lady inaugural dresses. I’m wondering if this dress will replace her first gown in the exhibit. I don’t think they will display both of them. I would love to see this one in person.

    • lucy2 says:

      I saw that last year, it’s really a beautiful gown. I love that exhibit too!

  5. Belle Epoch says:

    I just love it that they love each other! I think he was singing to her when they were dancing.

    I loved the eye roll. I thought it WAS about the Boner, which made it really funny. She has POTUS’s back!

  6. K-rock says:

    I think she looks great. You can see they genuinely love each other.

  7. Janet says:

    My DIL and I saw her first dress at the National Museum and had a big argument over it; she loved it, I loathed it. All that white fluff all over it made her look like she’d been in a pillow fight. But this red one looked great. Classy and elegant.

    And that side eye she gave Bonehead was epic.

  8. Jane says:

    He is more celebrity than leader of free world. It’s hatrd to take him seriously. She seems to be nice but that’s all I can say about her.

  9. dorothy says:

    Beautiful dress. Her arms are so toned.

  10. aims says:

    She’s stunning. The color looks amazing on her. I love her hair. It’s hip and fun. Her arms are toned and she should show them off. She looked great.

    As far as the eye roll goes. I agree, something may have been said she thought it may have been lame. She is a highly educated women, who knows her stuff. She’s no dummy and I think he may have said something and she’s like ” dude, please.” Overall, it was a great night.

  11. Rikki says:

    Loved it. She looked beautiful.

  12. L says:

    Ah the ‘he’s a celebrity’ talking points from 2009 /sarcasm Go listen to the president’s inaugural speech and then come back and try again.

    As for the eye roll, if you watch the clip, it’s clear that Boehner and Obama are having a conversation behind her back. I think one of them made a bad pun or joke-the two men are clearly both laughing about something.

    That said, if anyone rapped me on the arm with the back of their knuckles like that I would give them a piece of my mind. She’s clearly much more patient than I am.

    • gogoGorilla says:


      Some of the comments about the celebrity thing get really old. Read the speech and try to wrap your arms around what he’s accomplished.

      I’m glad the eye roll isn’t being taken too seriously. I half expected a headline: THE EYE ROLL THAT ROCKED A NATION!


  13. Nina says:

    While eye-cutting boehner would be much more exciting to imagine, her expression while the President and Boehner were cracking up over a joke looked more like that classic wifey-eye roll you give your man when he just said something sorta dumb. Like “men, can’t live with them, can’t shoot them….”

  14. MoxyLady007 says:

    I loved the eye roll. It was a very human moment. Plus she has so much spunk! She isn’t some vacant doll. Love. It.

  15. Marty says:

    I think if the sash at her waist was lowered an inch or two it would have looked better. It would give more definition to that area.

  16. Goga says:

    To me that’s not the eye roll, its her eyelashes

  17. T.Fanty says:

    She does look fabulous in that colour. And the bangs actually work – from a distance.

    There are a few photos of FLOTUS giving that look. I like to think of her as someone who can deliver a well-timed master side-eye. That just makes me love her a little bit more.

    She also looks really hungry in that clip. I’d be giving a death stare to someone interrupting my lunch after a morning like that, too.

  18. Apsutter says:

    I adore these two much! Such a great example of real love and devotion and of what a marriage should be. I have such a girl crush on Michelle. She’s so classy, smart, and sophisticated. Such a great role model for women. I really hope she writes a book about her life and marriage after the presidency is over.

  19. mel2 says:

    Luv the dress but I agree it makes her bottom look like she’s got a big booty but the color looks good on her.

    This cracked me up seeing the first Lady roll her eyes at Boehner. I think I would have accidently spilled my drink on him. Hehehe.

  20. bea says:

    Perfect dress for her. The color and the cut. The neckline really shows off her shoulders.

    I too noticed her irritation with Boner! The clip is magic.

    Yesterday was a great day for the USA.

  21. Syko says:

    Love her, love the dress. Especially love how into each other the Obamas are. But why no comment on Mrs. Boehner clearly removing things from the table and tucking them into her bag? The silverware? Some bread for a snack later?

  22. Walice says:

    She was gorgeous – and I luv the BANGS!!

  23. hope says:

    Dude, Malia needs her own post for her pop and lock moves at the ceremony. Why are they the best first family ever?


  24. ladybert62 says:

    Her hair looks awful and that dress looks like it belongs on the beach.

  25. lisa says:

    the top part of the dress is a poor fit, she needs more support. it’s a good color though

    i dont like the hair at all, it brings too much attention to her face which isnt that good, esp the bottom half where she looks like she has a perpetual case of the mumps

  26. Faye says:

    I usually like her clothes, and I *loved* her coat and dress for the day ceremony, but I was not a fan of this dress. The color is beautiful on her, and the top shows off her toned arms, but the bottom half does not flatter her.

  27. The Original Mia says:

    Loved the dress. It was gorgeous. I even liked what they did with her hair. Much better than straight.

    They are a gorgeous couple and it’s nice to see their obvious love and affection for each other. Same with the Bidens.

    • c'est la vie says:

      Agreed. They (and the Bidens) are a great couple. I liked everything she wore that day, coat included. The Jason Wu dress definitely played up her strengths. It was stunning – I loved the velvet and chiffon combination.

      And I loved the bangs!

  28. mel says:

    She looks great. Not an Obama fan…to me he is a lackluster leader…but it could be worse. I am keeping an open mind on what the next four years brings…this will be the real test of his presidency. After four years he needs to stop blaming Bush and Congress. He has four years of experience under his belt so lets see what he can accomplish.

  29. TG says:

    I loved the gown and am glad she picked Jason Wu again. I wish I could afford him. I absolutely loved the white gown she wore 4 years ago. That one was magical and is the only reason I know of Wu’s name. I see his dresses in fashion magazines and am so jealous that I don’t get to wear them and always wonder why celebs arent’ racing to his door. His dresses are so feminine and flattering.

  30. Ally says:

    How much better that would have been if the legendary Al Green had sang his song, I think Jennifer Hudson is over-rated….all the needless tonsil gynmastics.

    Beautiful couple, must feel weird dancing intimately in front of the world.

  31. lucy2 says:

    Great color, love the dress.

    LOL at the eyeroll. To me it looked like an ‘Ugh, men and their dumb jokes” kind of look.

  32. Mrs. Ari Gold says:

    I wish we, as a country, didn’t spend time thinking about what the First Lady wears. This conversation depresses me. I wish we were talking about all the issues she’s tackling instead. This is a smart, educated & charismatic lady with an influential position.

    • Suze says:

      I hear your point, but this is a gossip site so it skews toward the clothes and how the First Lady looks.

      There are places to talk about what she does, which I agree, is very important.

    • Issa says:

      This is CB not the BBC news network. Didn’t know this was a hard-hitting news site?

    • c'est la vie says:

      We already know Michelle Obama has core issues that she’s supporting, in fact President Obama mentioned one of them last night – her support for and work with veterans. She’s a wonderful FLOTUS and a great role model. Not arguing with that one.

      This thread is about what she wore and what is more – what it means to the American fashion industry. Like it or not, she’s a fashion icon who can make careers and she does often support fledgling designers for just that reason. Jason Wu is just one example of that trend.

  33. Theresa says:

    Although I don’t live in the US I feel the world is a very different place and the POTUS has to be a different kind of person. They have to be able to handle themselves in a world where information is dispersed in seconds instead of hours, where opinion and assumption is mistaken for expertise and fact too quickly. Where even when errors are corrected, they are so buried in the firestorm of indignation and conjecture that the truth doesn’t seem to matter anymore. Scary stuff.

    Anyone that takes on this job has to be as savvy with PR and photo ops as they have to be on policy making.

    I think Obama is as good as he can be in these dangerous waters, it can’t be an easy job at the best of times. But I would rather a man with a good heart and good intentions be at the wheel than any other.

    Just my opinion.

  34. Suze says:

    Great color – it definitely pulls the eye in a crowd. Which is what she needs on one of those nights.

    It’s not fitted as closely as some of her clothes, but I think after a long day she probably wanted a dress that was comfortable, and I can appreciate that. Plus it shows off her considerable assets, her shoulders and arms.

    I like the fact that she doesn’t look trussed up to high heaven and like she’s sucking in her stomach.

  35. Tig says:

    Loved the white Wu- not this so much. However, the day outfit was amazing- I want that coat!

  36. ChocoChipDstryr says:

    Are they the tallest President and First Lady ever? I know the President is usually six feet or taller, but former First Ladies seem short.

  37. Suzy from Ontario says:

    I love them together, such a great couple and family. I think her new haircut looks amazing on her and that red dress is gorgeous!

  38. Jayna says:

    I loved loved loved her coat and boots and belt for the parade. When she was walking next to him in the parade it was so striking. The dress under the coat with the little sweater was bland and awful I thought, ill-fitting.

    The evening gown was gorgous in photos. But I loved the white one when they were dancing the last inaugeration. It was so different and fresh and looked beautiful against her skin.

  39. DianeP says:

    Mrs. O. would look good in ANYTHING. The President,the First Lady and their beautiful daughters make me proud every time I see them.

  40. Janet says:

    I noticed something… she has absolutely great skin coloring. She can wear any color and look fabulous in it. I’m black but I have a lot of yellow in my skin and that blue outfit she wore yesterday would make me look like a jaundice case. Some of her outfits have been more miss than hit but I give her props for knowing her own style and what she wants.

  41. Get a clue says:

    She always looks beautiful IMO.

  42. Heather H says:

    Why is the white gown from the last inaugural ball “infamous”? I thought it was well liked?

  43. blonde on the dock says:

    They’re an attractive couple. Glad to see he made it for another term. I hope he stays strong regarding gun control. The NRA has tried to get Canada to change our laws. I have two words for them. F*ck off!

  44. Madriani's Girl says:

    Politics aside, you can see how in love these two are and I think that’s awesome.

  45. AC says:

    I love this couple…what a beautiful family!!

  46. Jane says:

    I thought she picked great choices for both day and evening wear. She looked classy, stylish, and beautiful. I like the new hair style also.

    I think I read somewhere she added the belt to the dress coat and if so, excellent decision. I think the dress coat was fine without it, but the belt was a smart choice and complimented the already great look of the coat dress.

  47. SimpleRed says:

    She looked lovely and sexy without revealing too much… She is truly a woman in her own right.. I love how the dress flow on her..
    The eye rolling was too cute and on point

  48. Jaxx says:

    The love and respect they have for each other just shines out of them. They both look wonderful. Such a lovely family. I pray that his next four years are productive and he can get all the haters working together to get things done. The country has voted for him twice so they need to listen and quit trying to block his every initiative.

  49. babythastarsshinebrite says:

    My President is so sexy!

  50. Isa says:

    I love the dress! She looked amazing!

  51. Elizabeth says:

    Why would anyone be surprised that she rolled her eyes at John Boehner? She frequently rolls her eyes and shows her lack of respect towards the military and the American flag.

  52. Onyx XV says:

    If I had to eat lunch next to him, I’d be rolling my eyes too. A lot.

  53. MsAubra says:

    LOVE the FLOTUS, Capricorn ladies rock!!

  54. Emma says:

    I like the dress a lot, just not so much on her. The color is brilliant on her but something needs done with the waist.

    I have to take back the comment I made this weekend about not liking her bangs so much, because these pictures show it off and it looks really good!

  55. NinaS says:

    She is gorgeous and has such a great classic style. I adore her, and them. I love how they interact and can imagine that she is quite smart and keeps him grounded. Great parents too. I also love that both came from very limited means and are self-made. I have tremendous respect for that.

    Class returns to the White House for a second round.

  56. Wallcally says:

    That’s not an empire waist it’s her natural waist. Empire is right below the bust and in general most women’s natural waist is much higher than they think. Blame skinny jeans.

  57. Kosmos says:

    LOL…that doesn’t appear to me to be eye rolling at all, only that she’s hungry and wants to get back to that FOOD !

  58. homey says:

    stunning in the outfit, hair wig, whatever, she looks inspiring. strength beauty brains dedication style- really the whole package. and faa aa aaarrr from the celebrity barbie a thon of too many years past

    as far as the eye roll. whatever fox news, it’s so normal, probably agreeing that we’re all off our diets since christmas. get over it!!

  59. Nan says:

    They’re a breathtaking couple and Michelle always looks great. Her Inaugural Ball look was stunning. Remember, she’s not some top model or top actress but has every bit of the *wow factor* as if she was. Give her props because that’s impressive to pull off. I think she’s really admirable in the public eye — the Boehner thing just makes her human to me, I would’ve punched him.

  60. lisa says:

    LOL what a fangirly group you are! i have no idea why or how mo elicits such excitement. she’s perfectly ordinary and that’s not a dis. but a lot of you sound like you are talking about one direction.