Friday, March 5, 2010

Sarah And Michelle, A Case Study Among The Nouveau Riche

 One could argue both Sarah Palin and Michelle Obama grew up from modest income families to become among the rich and famous.The difference between the two was demonstrated this week in actions which define their characters as class acts or pedestrian gluttons.

Michelle donated her famous inaugural dress to the first ladies collection at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History.

Sarah stuffed her shopping cart with soaps, personalized stationery, leopard-print sandals and a slinky robe, among other artifacts of free swag at a West Hollywood store promoting the Academy Awards.

Ah, the nouveau riche. There are two broadly accepted definitions of the French term meaning newly rich.

A person who has suddenly risen to a higher economic status but has not gained social acceptance of others in that class.

 One who has recently become rich, especially one who flaunts newly acquired wealth.
Michelle is following a custom by some but not all first ladies. The one-shoulder, white chiffon beaded gown was a fashion sensation designed by Jason Wu of New York. Whether she paid for it or was given to her for publicity value makes little difference.

Sarah is keeping her loot. In her defense, she did contribute an undisclosed amount to a Haitian earthquake relief charity sponsored by the Silver Spoon gift suite staging the event.

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