Od princezny Diany k�Michelle Obamové

NEW YORK – Během jediného týdne Michelle Obamová seděla v�tmavých přiléhavých šatech modelem pro oficiální portrét v�Bílém domě, pózovala pro obálku pozlátkového časopisu People , oděna do poněkud lacinějších, jasně růžových krajkových šatů odkrývajících značnou část těla, oznámila celonárodním médiím, že si prezidentská rodina vezme štěně z�útulku, a zařídila, aby její tisková kancelář nonšalantně zmínila, že „sekretářky a politici“ byli pozváni do Bílého domu na popcorn a promítání filmů.

V�tomtéž týdnu, vprostřed nejhorší hospodářské krize od 30. let 20. století, celonárodní průzkum veřejného mínění zjistil, že podpora prezidenta Baracka Obamy je pozoruhodně vysoká, přičemž respondenti opakovaně prohlašovali, že mu „jde o lidi, jako jsem já“.

Oba fenomény spolu úzce souvisejí. Téměř od prvního vystoupení před zraky veřejnosti Michelle Obamová používá oděvy, etiketu a poukazy na to, kde nakupuje a čím se baví, aby americkým voličům i světu předávala decentní, ale radikální poselství. Poprvé od dob Andrewa Jacksona Bílý dům směle „demokratizuje“ nejvyšší úřad v�zemi a symbolicky k�sobě zve obyčejného muže – a teď i obyčejnou ženu.

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