GREENSBORO, NC -- Johnny called the 2 Wants to Know Call For Action team to ask: who paid for the dress First Lady Michelle Obama wore at the President's final state dinner.
But to answer Johnny's question, who paid for it? It was not taxpayers. The First Lady's Press Secretary explained, "Mrs. Obama pays for her clothing. For official events of public or historic significance, such as a state visit, the First Lady's clothes may be given as a gift by a designer and accepted on behalf of the U.S. Government. They are then stored by the National Archives."
The National First Ladies' Library said other first ladies had interesting wardrobe stories as well! Mary Todd Lincoln racked up tens of thousands of dollars in clothing bills. She reportedly considered selling manure from the White House grounds to pay them off. Jacqueline Kennedy's father-in-law reportedly stepped in to finance her Oleg Cassini wardrobe to keep clothes from becoming a political liability for President John F. Kennedy. Nancy Reagan reportedly got grief for borrowing designer gowns and not always returning them or reporting them as gifts.
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