Gasp! First Lady Snubs UK First Lady

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2009 8:41 PM CST
First lady Michelle Obama hands out meals during her visit to Miriam's Kitchen in Washington, Thursday, March 5, 2009.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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(Newser) – Apparently, admiration for Michelle Obama is not universal. In a column that might just qualify as a snit, Sarah Vine of the London Times takes the first lady to task for an "uncharacteristic lapse of judgment." The awful offense? Michelle gave toy models of Marine One to the boys of British PM Gordon Brown. And this is bad, says Vine, because it smacks of narcissism and shows that Michelle "spent approximately three seconds" picking out the gifts. Let the outrage begin.

"It’s not as though anyone needs reminding that Barack Obama is president or that he has his own helicopter," writes Vine, who spent the first part of the column gushing over the care that Brown's wife, Sarah, undoubtedly spent picking out dresses for the Obama girls. "Short of giving the boys Action Man models of her own husband smiting the evil forces of neoconservatism, Mrs. Obama’s gesture could not have been more solipsistic or more inherently dismissive of Mrs Brown."