First lady has four more years as America's fashion tastemaker
BY Associated Press
Thursday, November 08, 2012
11/08/12 at 3:10 AM
NEW YORK - As Michelle Obama stepped on stage with her husband in Chicago early Wednesday morning, she accepted her role not only as first lady but also as fashion tastemaker for four more years - this time, wearing a Michael Kors magenta silk chine pin-tucked dress.
Obama topped it with a black shrug that showed a peek of a vintage pink brooch from House of Lavande. She was surrounded by her trend-right daughters: Malia wore an electric-blue A-line skirt with a pink studded belt that looks like the teen version of the first lady's signature Azzedine Alaia belt, and Sasha had on an abstract-print green skirt, gray bow-front top and mimicked her mom's shrunken cardigan look.
Obama has been a reinvigorating force for the fashion industry, from her late-night online J. Crew purchases to her savvy courtship with up-and-coming designers, including Prabal Gurung and Jason Wu. Michael Kors has been a consistent label in her wardrobe, with Obama wearing a black racer-back dress by the designer in her official White House portrait, as well as a hot-pink gown for a White House Correspondents' Dinner and a red halter gown at a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Phoenix Awards dinner.
ABC's Diane Sawyer spurs jokes
NEW YORK - Diane Sawyer's election night performance left some viewers asking if she had begun celebrating Tuesday's election a bit early.
Co-anchoring ABC News' coverage, the veteran journalist struck a different manner from her practiced, straight-news-delivering style.
Sawyer spoke more slowly than usual while seeming to prop herself on outstretched arms at the anchor desk she shared with George Stephanopoulos.
"OK," she said at one point around 9 p.m., "I wanna - can we have our music, because this is another big one here? Minnesota, we're ready to project Minnesota, rrright now. ... Well, tonight we know that President Barack has won Minnesota," she rambled on, stumbling over the president's name.
Maybe Sawyer was just weary from the recent torrent of news.
In any case, the Twitterverse took quick notice and began cracking wise.
Her name was soon trending with unflattering posts, while a new Twitter handle, Drunk Diane Sawyer, collected hundreds of followers. An ABC spokesman did not comment.
"A bit tipsy," ''hammered" or "on pain killers, muscle relaxers, benzos or some combination" were among the jeering explanations.
"Bad night for Romney," one tweeter summed up. "Worse night for Diane Sawyer?"
Donald Trump deletes parts of Twitter tirade
LOS ANGELES - Donald Trump has deleted some of the Twitter tirade he posted following President Barack Obama's re-election, and he added new critiques of NBC's Brian Williams.
Trump began tweeting before the election was called that it was "a total sham and a travesty."
After news outlets projected that Obama won the election, Trump tweeted, "Well, back to the drawing board!" He posted more than 10 angry tweets, declaring "our nation is a once great nation divided" and "the world is laughing at us." He encouraged a "revolution in this country."
"The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy," fumed the celebrity mogul.
Williams showed some of Trump's tweets on air, saying he had "driven well past the last exit to relevance and veered into something closer to irresponsible."
Trump tweeted a retort on Wednesday saying Williams "knows that I think his newscast has become totally boring so he took a shot at me last night." He added, "Wouldn't you love to have my ratings?"
He also deleted some of Tuesday night's tirade, including tweets calling for revolution and incorrectly saying that Obama had lost the popular vote.
Trump endorsed Republican Mitt Romney in the presidential race and garnered publicity last year for questioning whether Obama was born in the U.S. and eligible to be president.
"The Celebrity Apprentice" star recently promised to contribute $5 million to a charity of Obama's choice if the president released his college and passport records.
Original Print Headline: First lady of fashion reigns
Michelle Obama (left), pictured with President Barack Obama and their daughters Sasha and Malia (right), has been a reinvigorating force for the fashion industry during her husband's term in office. PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS / Associated Press