From Steve Benen:
THEY’RE JUST 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.
There was a time when I liked Dowd’s columns. Her intelligence and considerable language skills were combined a zest for pointing out the silly and the deceitful in Washington. She did snark in an original voice while most everyone else was doing consensus while being pompous.
I stopped reading her shortly after 9/11. The gravity of all that was going on at the time suddenly made her writing look like schtick, a frivolous waste of everyone’s time. There was much of deep importance to reflect on and write about at the time and she wasn’t doing it. She’s still not. It’s a wasted talent and the above demonstrates how badly wasted. I guess she must still retain an audience and influence within the Times organization but she really ought to be over at People magazine or whacking out this stuff for Tina Brown.