The right to bare arms

THE RIGHT TO BARE ARMS…. Maureen Dowd wrote over 400 words today about First Lady Michelle Obama’s arms. Seriously.

Let’s face it: The only bracing symbol of American strength right now is the image of Michelle Obama’s sculpted biceps. Her husband urges bold action, but it is Michelle who looks as though she could easily wind up and punch out Rush Limbaugh, Bernie Madoff and all the corporate creeps who ripped off America.

In the taxi, when I asked David Brooks about her amazing arms, he indicated it was time for her to cover up. “She’s made her point,” he said. “Now she should put away Thunder and Lightning.” […]

During the campaign, there was talk in the Obama ranks that Michelle should stop wearing sleeveless dresses, because her muscles, combined with her potent personality, made her daunting.

She ignored that talk, thank heavens…. Her arms, and her complete confidence in her skin, are a reminder that Americans can do anything if they put their minds to it.

It goes on (and on) from there.

I don’t know why.

* I changed the headline after an emailer sent me this better one