从黛安娜王妃到米歇尔·奥巴马

纽约-在入主白宫的第一个星期里,米歇尔·奥巴马(Michelle Obama)穿着颜色灰暗剪裁考究的服装,坐着让人画正式的白宫肖像画;穿着稍显廉价的、露出许多肌肤的大红色蕾丝边裙子,摆出造型让华而不实的《人物》杂志拍摄封面照;让全国媒体都知道,第一家庭将会从救助站收养一条小狗;并且,还让她的新闻办公室似乎是不经意地提到“部长和政策制定者”都被邀请到白宫吃爆米花,看电影。

在同一个星期,在20世纪30年代以来最严重的经济危机还在持续的过程中,美国一个全国性的民意测验显示,美国人对巴拉克·奥巴马的支持率非常高,许多参加民意测验的人一致回答说他“关心像我这样的人”。

这两个现象是紧密相连的。几乎从米歇尔·奥巴马第一次出现在公众面前开始,她就在利用服装、礼仪以及诸如在哪里购物和娱乐这样的暗示,向美国选民和世界传达出微妙而激进的信息。这是自安德鲁·杰克逊(Andrew Jackson)时代以来,白宫首次积极地“民主化”美国领土上的最高职务,并象征性地邀请普通男性和女性到白宫做客。

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