I am very amazed over the comments about Michelle Obama's couture selections for the inauguration ("First Lady's Fashion Receives Mixed Reviews," Jan. 22). Seems the fashion experts just don't get it.
President Obama's campaign was all about change and Mrs. Obama certainly upheld his slogan by changing the way the first lady makes her fashion selections. She gave little-known designers an opportunity to increase their notability and their future in the fashion industry, as opposed to selecting one of the well-known, powerhouse designers who have enjoyed years of control, wealth and success.
For me, Mrs. Obama could have presented herself in an orange sackcloth designed by an unknown American designer because the message I got is "America is a land of opportunity; those who want to be successful can, and those who are looking for an opportunity through change will certainly be able to do so through this president's administration."
Well done, Mrs. Obama. We need more leaders like you who are well respected and are not afraid of changing the customary way of doing things -- and who are willing to help all Americans aspire to succeed in reaching their goals when doing what they do best.