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
Sundress Set Michelle Back $2K
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)

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." (More Barack Obama stories.)

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