The only front-page byline I ever got as a reporter at the New York Daily News (in tabloid parlance, the only time I made the "wood"), was thanks to Michelleshe wore a sleeveless Michael Kors shift for her first official White House portrait, and I wrote a few sentences about it. I'm pretty sure the genius headline writers there announced that Michelle Obama had "The Right to Bare Arms." Michelle Obama's arms made headlines because the first lady's arms hadn't really been on display before. The shift dress, a silhouette FLOTUS preferred, was a thoroughly modern and casual one. Not only was Michelle bringing an attitude of accessibility to the White House with her fashion choices (who doesn't own a sleeveless LBD?), but she was also showing that she cared about fitness, toothose arms were seriously toned. It was about the dress, yes, but also about the woman in it. That's just one instance in which the first lady used fashion to telegraph that she was just like us. She wore affordable brands like J.Crew, ASOS, and Target. And then she wore them again. And again. When she wore designer clothing, she was careful to select pieces by American designers, particularly designers of color like Tracy Reese, Naeem Khan, and Jason Wu, to name only a few. These were designers whose businesses she could bolsterand in some cases catapult from obscurity to household-name-level success.
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Until then, he said he had been "living the American dream" since coming from Pakistan in 1993. He was living in Jersey City, New Jersey, across the river from Manhattan and driving a taxi in New York. He acknowledges he remained in the United States after he should have left and that he entered into a fraudulent marriage so he could get a coveted "green card" that would allow him to stay in the U.S. legally. He might never been caught except for the terrorist attacks and the aggressive response of officials who wanted to be sure there would be no follow-on strikes. When he was arrested in late September 2001, Abbasi said he readily admitted he was in the country illegally and assumed he would be quickly deported. Instead, he was held for nearly 11 months, including more than four months in the most restrictive conditions. He was strip-searched frequently and allowed out of his cell for no more than a couple of hours a day. He was deported in August 2002. The Justice Department's inspector general produced two reports detailing problems with the detentions.