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Mrs. Obama has bangs: Let the analyzing begin

January 23, 2013 • Entertainment


First Lady Michelle waves across the aisle at the ceremonial swearing-in for President Barack Obama at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

NEW YORK (AP) — Before we start rambling on obsessively about Michelle Obama’s bangs, let’s be clear: The president started it.

It was he, after all, who called the new hairdo, unveiled just a few days before the historic occasion of his second inauguration, “the most significant event of this weekend.”

And he hasn’t stopped there. On Tuesday night, he introduced his wife at the Staff Inaugural Ball: “And the First Lady of the United States, bangs and all…”

So given the president’s evident interest in the subject, perhaps the rest of us shouldn’t feel so bad about analyzing ad nauseum the first lady’s new look, an activity that has certainly taken over social media for days (and, perhaps, ended discussion of an earlier obsession, Michelle Obama’s arms.) Heck, the bangs even have their own (unauthorized) Twitter account, FirstLady’sBangs, which has taken to issuing dispatches like: “Just got a text from Hillary Clinton’s side-part” or “BREAKING NEWS: Barack just named me director of Hairline Security.”

And how about the headline in New York’s Daily News, the day after Obama’s private swearing-in? “In With A Bang.”

Quips and clever headlines aside, everyone seems to have an opinion about the new style — not only how it looks, but what it means. And so, just because it’s fun, we analyze some of them here:

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