Michelle Obama: Barack "Doesn't Understand Fashion"

Celebrity Style Mar. 23, 2009 AT 2:57PM
Barack Obama and Michelle Obama President Barack Obama and first Lady Michelle Obama enter the East Room for entertainment after a black-tie dinner at the White House on February 22, 2009 in Washington, DC. Credit: Mike Theiler-Pool/Getty Images

When it comes to fashion, Barack and Michelle Obama clash like a bad outfit. "He doesn't understand fashion," she tells The New York Times in a new interview. The first lady adds that he even refers to one of her gray metallic belts as "my 'Star Trek belt.'" "He's always asking, 'Is that new? I haven't seen that before,'" she says. "It's like, 'Why don't you mind your own business? Solve world hunger. Get out of my closet."

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She says her husband typically tells her things like: "You didn't need any more shoes. The shoes you had on yesterday were fine. Why can't you just wear that for the rest of the presidency?"

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Another hot-button issue for the first lady: Her body. "I have hips," she tells the Times. Pointing to her Maria Pinto skirt, she adds, "I have them covered up with these pleats." She says she has to follow an exercise regimen of light weights, calisthenics, jump-rope and a cardiovascular routine (including interval running) so she can feast on dessert, burgers and fries.

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Fries "are my favorite food in the whole wide world," she says. "I could live on French fries." She says her greasy food habit hasn't rubbed off on daughters, Sasha, 10, and Malia, 7.

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Asked if they eat at fast food restaurants, she says, "Some of them I want to go to, because it's quick and easy, and you figure, 'Well, we ate fine all week, guys, let's go get this.'" But she says, "They're like, 'No, Mommy, we won't be eating there.' And I feel like, 'Darn, where are we going to go?'"

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