Sundress Set Michelle Back $2K

Critics keep seeing dollar signs in pricey Hawaii vacation

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 29, 2011 4:11 AM CST | Updated Dec 29, 2011 4:22 AM CST

(Newser) – Irritated penny-pinchers are still tallying up the costs of the First Family's Hawaiian vacation. Because Michelle and the girls went on ahead while the president wrestled with the payroll tax cut extension, some estimates put the price tag for the get-away at $4 million. Now critics are eyeing Michelle's clothing, claiming the ostensibly "causal" Sophie Theallet sundress she wore to Christmas services likely cost $2,000—and a Commes des Garcons skirt set her back at least a grand, reports the Daily Mail.

"She claims to be a champion of the poor and a bargain shopper, but here she is, sporting a dress that no unemployed American can afford," sniffed one Naked DC writer. But another remarked: "The cost of her clothing is her own affair and none of ours. Taxpayers are not paying for her wardrobe the last I heard."

President Obama and the First Lady (in a $1,000 skirt, according to fashionistas) pose with a baby while greeting service members and their families on Christmas Day.
President Obama and the First Lady (in a $1,000 skirt, according to fashionistas) pose with a baby while greeting service members and their families on Christmas Day.   (Getty Images)
President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia and Sasha arrive to attend Christmas service at the Kaneohe bay Chapel.
President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia and Sasha arrive to attend Christmas service at the Kaneohe bay Chapel.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
The First Family arrives to attend Christmas service at the Kaneohe Bay Chapel on Marine Corps Base Hawaii.
The First Family arrives to attend Christmas service at the Kaneohe Bay Chapel on Marine Corps Base Hawaii.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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