Hmm. That Pose Sure Seems Familiar ...
When the White House released the official portrait of Michelle Obama on Friday, most folks focused on the first lady's arms. (Enough already, people.) But a few sharp-eyed history buffs noticed that the portrait is almost identical to a picture of Hillary Clinton.
In 2000, then-first lady Clinton posed for Robert Clark for the cover of "An Invitation to the White House: At Home With History," her coffee-table book on entertaining in the historic residence. Obama's first official portrait as first lady looks like a sequel: Both women are wearing black (Clinton a pantsuit, Obama a dress) with a short necklace; both are standing in the Blue Room with their left hands resting on the room's circular table, with the blue-and-gold drapes and chairs in the background.
"It was a complete coincidence," said surprised press secretary Katie McCormick Lelyveld. The first lady, she said, selected the sleeveless Michael Kors dress and jewelry for the photograph last month, then decided that Joyce N. Boghosian should shoot the picture in the Blue Room.
"It's one of Mrs. Obama's favorites," McCormick Lelyveld told us yesterday. "She just loves that room."
And, yes, they do have a copy of the book in the White House.
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