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Hmm. That Pose Sure Seems Familiar ...


Michelle Obama's official White House portrait bears a striking resemblance to the photo used for the cover of Hillary Clinton's book "An Invitation to the White House: At Home with History," published in 2000. (AP Photo/The White House, Joyce N. Boghosian; AP Photo/The White House Historical Association)Enlarge Image

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.


By The Reliable Source  |  March 3, 2009; 1:02 AM ET
 
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Comments

User ID wlake1 is my husband. I am Ann C.
Lake acl7520@yahoo.com 410-394-3382

My comment in regard to the First Lady's
official portrait'and the drapery growing
out of her head. A no, no when taking portraits. I wondered why you did not have
Pete Souza take the picture since he is
the White House's official photographer
according to the Post's article in Style on Sunday March 1, 2009?

Ann C. Lake Solomons, MD

Posted by: wlake1 | March 3, 2009 8:39 AM | Report abuse

In rethinking my letter about the picture
of the First Lady's portrait I realize you
printed what you received from the White
House and my comment should have gone to
them. Sorry. Please do not print my letter.

Ann C. Lake

Posted by: wlake1 | March 3, 2009 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Oh good lord. Blue is a supremely good color for a background and what woman doesn't have an LBD or basic black suit at this level.

The outfits are classy, the room is attractive with good lighting and photogenic (draperies sprouting out of heads, aside). Whatever.

Posted by: Chasmosaur1 | March 3, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

How often do those $$$$ drapes get changed out? (One photo in 2000, the other in early 2009) Mine do service for many (many) more years and cost a heckuva lot less than those
we pay for in the White House. How can I get
on the invitation list for the next yard sale
at 1600 Pennsylvania.

Posted by: mariannette | March 4, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

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