Friday 9 December 2016

Revealed: Michelle Obama's dress code for White House guests

Published 20/10/2016 | 10:12

US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive on stage during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Phoenix Awards Dinner on September 17, 2016
US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive on stage during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Phoenix Awards Dinner on September 17, 2016
First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama speaks during a panel discussion at Glamour Hosts "A Brighter Future: A Global Conversation on Girls' Education" with First Lady Michelle Obama at The Newseum on October 11, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Glamour)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 18: U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wait for the arrival of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife Mrs. Agnese Landini, for a state dinner at the White House, October 18, 2016 in Washington, DC. President Obama is hosting the last state visit of his presidency. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
June 2015: U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk out of the White House while hosting Girl Scouts from across the country for a campout on the South Lawn.
September 2015: U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive on stage before President Obama delivers remarks at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's 45th Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, DC.
Sara Blakely attends Variety's Power of Women Luncheon 2016 at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on October 14, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images)
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January 2011: U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive to greet Chinese President Hu Jintao prior to a State dinner at the White House.
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As expected, the outgoing US First Lady has a dress code she enforces with all White House guests - and it includes bare feet.

The FLOTUS is seriously relaxed when it comes to making guests feel comfortable at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Spanx founder Sara Blakely told Footwear News she kicked off her heels with the blessing of the first lady, before they bonded over their sore feet.

June 2015: U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk out of the White House while hosting Girl Scouts from across the country for a campout on the South Lawn.
June 2015: U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk out of the White House while hosting Girl Scouts from across the country for a campout on the South Lawn.

"I stood in line at an event, and they allowed us to get a one-on-one photo with Michelle Obama,” she said.

"I waited in the line so long that by the time I finally got up to Michelle Obama, I literally burst out, ‘My feet are killing me,’ and she goes, ‘Girl, my feet are killing me, too.’

"I asked if I can take my shoes off and she said, ‘Yes, and you can tell anyone who tells you to put them back on that Mrs. Obama said you can take them off.'"

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“The first lady and I bonded over sore feet,” she added.

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 18: U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wait for the arrival of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife Mrs. Agnese Landini, for a state dinner at the White House, October 18, 2016 in Washington, DC. President Obama is hosting the last state visit of his presidency. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 18: U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wait for the arrival of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife Mrs. Agnese Landini, for a state dinner at the White House, October 18, 2016 in Washington, DC. President Obama is hosting the last state visit of his presidency. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

When he took office in 2008, President Obama introduced a more relaxed dress code across the board by introducing "business casual" for weekends, meaning jeans were allowed in huge contrast to George W.Bush's rules.

"He showed up Saturday for a briefing with his chief economic adviser, Lawrence H. Summers, dressed in slacks and a gray sweater over a white buttoned-down shirt. Veterans of the Bush White House are shocked," the New York Times reported in 2008.

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