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Lawrence O’Donnell Slams Ann Romney for Wearing $990 Shirt on TV

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Unemployment is stubbornly high, mountains of debt are burying the nation, and gas prices appear to be bringing the tepid economic recovery to a halt.

Yet MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell on Wednesday actually spent five minutes bashing Ann Romney for wearing a $990 shirt on television (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

After playing a clip of the Romneys on CBS This Morning Tuesday, O’Donnell fumed, “It turns out the craziest thing about that Romney TV appearance was the shirt Ann Romney chose to wear."

[Editor's Note/Related item: Lawrence O'Donnell reportedly shods his feet with $88/pair socks and $525/pair shoes. Since MSNBC doesn't have a foot-cam you can't see them on air, of course.]

"It was instantly recognized by the fashion cognizanti as the Reed Audubon silk shirt, part of the Reid Krakoff 2012 spring/summer collection, and the shirt is available to anyone for a mere $990."

"Yet another example of how out of touch the Romney family can be with how 99 percent of Americans live.”

Excuse me, but the Romneys are supposedly worth between $190 and $250 million.

A $990 shirt to them is nothing compared to what the average woman spends to cover her torso on any given day.

As a percentage of either income or net worth, the 99 percenters are spending far greater sums on clothing than the Romneys including poor folk in the inner cities that will fork over hundreds of dollars on a pair of the most recent Nike basketball shoes.

Maybe more importantly, if the “fashion cognizanti” hadn’t identified what this shirt was or what it cost, nobody would have known. I wrote about this CBS segment and had no idea that t-shirt Mrs. Romney was wearing cost that much.

And frankly, I didn't care!

If folks like O’Donnell weren’t behaving as if they worked for Entertainment Tonight nobody else would have noticed.

Fortunately, guest Meghan McCain provided some sanity saying, “We have a first lady who wears $600 tennis shoes. She has custom designer clothes as well.”

Showing just how far he’s willing to shill for the Obamas, O’Donnell barked back, “I believe the tennis shoes were $450.”

Actually, they were $540 dollars making McCain’s estimate more accurate.

Why should one expect an anchor on MSNBC to be correct about anything?

But this is just the tip of the iceberg. As Gateway Pundit reported Wednesday regarding the juvenile firestorm over Mrs. Romney’s shirt:

Last month at the Kids’ Choice Awards, Michelle Obama wore an outfit designed by New York-based, uber-expensive designer, Wes Gordon.  His clothing commands prices in the thousands of dollars and can only be found in the elite stores of the super wealthy.  If you enjoy spending more than $4,000 on a pair of shorts…yes that is three zeroes after the comma…then you might like this little jacket from one of Michelle Obama’s favorite designers.  It’s a steal for only $2,250.

The reality is that if the Obamas were Republicans selling the nation on the idea that they inherited the worst recession since the Great Depression, the first lady would be regularly lambasted by the press for the expensive clothing and vacations she spends money on.

But because they’re beloved Democrats, they can spend whatever they want ON whatever they want in the knowledge that nobody in the press will bat an eye other than to praise Michelle's good fashion sense.

Yet the stupidity on display wasn’t done for O’Donnell next showed how he’s willing to completely revise history to further his agenda.

“I trace the politics of price tags to 1992," he smugly stated. "I want to show you this piece from 1992 where Pat Buchanan running for president got in trouble because of his Mercedes.”

A clip of a 1992 ad created by President George H.W. Bush’s reelection campaign was played with an announcer saying, “Pat Buchanan – it’s ‘America First’ in his political speeches, but a foreign made care in his driveway.”

Are O’Donnell and his team ignorant, dishonest, or both?

The New York Times reported in March 1992, “Bush Ad Says Buchanan's Car Shows He's for America Last.”

This ad wasn’t about the cost of the car. It was about it being foreign:

"Michigan has too much at stake to trust Pat Buchanan," the ad says.

The commercial is a clear attempt to sway automobile workers in Michigan, which has a primary on Tuesday.

But the facts don’t matter to a shill like O’Donnell.

His goal is to get Barack Obama reelected, and with the support of the heads of his so-called “news network,” he’s willing to do whatever it takes including lying to his viewers.

And it’s only May.

(H/T Mediaite)


#1 Ok, I give up....

is that black dot what it looks like???????????? That's what passes as fashion these days?????????? Yeow!

#2 it's a birds eye. calm down.

it's a birds eye. calm down.

#3 Poor Lawrence....

He's just carrying out his latest set of marching orders handed down from the White House.

Class warfare is the theme for this year's elections and the media will do its part.

#4 All those opinion based

All those opinion based programs at MSNBC are far removed from reality.


"DumbAssity of Dope"

#5 So, let me get this straight

Ann Romney gets blasted by the Left for being a rich person, and then get's blasted again for dressing like a rich person.

Of course, had she worn a $50 sweater, she would've been blasted for dressing down to look like she was the average American woman.

How times have changed. In the early Sixties, First Lady Jackie Kennedy was all the fashion rage. She was admired for bringing glamor to the White House, where the wives of Eisenhower, Truman, and FDR were seen as plain if not frumpy. The Kennedys had wealth and the media loved to see them flaunt it.

The current First Lady is also the fashion rage, but I don't recall O'Donnell criticizing her choices in clothing.

Larry needs to get a life.

#6 What you need to get straight...

The Kennedys INHERITED their money.

Michelle Obama is using TAXPAYER money.

But the Romneys, they EARNED their money.

I guess that makes all the difference.

Never Forget: Climate Change is what you call Global Warming when your Global Warming Summit/Conference/Protest is Snowed Out!

#7 The bigger problem for Larry is ...

... The fact that Romney bought that blouse with HER OWN MONEY!!

Meanwhile the Jeffersons continue to live on OUR MONEY!!!

Comrade Bubba

#8 You speak TROOF,

You speak TROOF, bubba.............but, jeez - that fashion catastrophe is so heinous (rhymes with...........) that, if I had to guess, I'd say that Ann Romney (who, from what I can tell, is a pretty classy lady) borrowed that from the big-booted First Clydesdale.
I wouldn't pay 99 cents for that rag, and I wouldn't want to be associated with any woman who wore it!!!!

OK, OK............can we get some fashion feedback from the classy and elegant women here on NB???? Am I so out of touch with reality over here on an outer island of Asia/Hawaii that I don't have a clue about what goes on in the 'real' world???

#9 Well, Killa...

I personally wear my shirts to cover "the girls"- I don't need pictures of them on the shirt to remind everyone they are there LOL, and that's my contribution to world of high fashion.

I'll try to be nicer if you'll try to be smarter.

#10 Ms. NOLA - I can't figure out

Ms. NOLA - I can't figure out what that thing-a-ma-jig is on the shirt either, and I've been accused of having a somewhat twisted mind!!! I know this whole subject is stupid...............but why add to the stupidity??? I've often wondered if any woman would wear most of the hideous 'fashions' that are seen parading down the runways...............but apparantly, Ann Romney has disproved my theory.

#11 ➚It's a bird

The dark circle that (accidentally, I'm sure) covers the general vicinity of her left nip is the eye. Note the contour of the back of the bird's head roughly follows the contour of a breast.

It's really eye-catching. Of course, I don't notice such things.

#12 Actually, someone would have to pay me $900 ...

... to wear something that butt ugly, but, hey, it's her money.

Moochie, on the other hand, manages to make even the fashionable things she sometimes wears (I know, it ain't often!!) look like crap.  It's really hard to dress up a Clydesdale unless you're getting one ready to pull the Budweiser wagon.

I'm fashion retarded, like you, Killa. My tastes run to "island wear," and when it gets beyond short shorts (or skirts), lovely tops, and flip flops, and nothing else, I'm lost.   BTW, that ain't what I wear, Loretta, before you crack on me.

I guess we're just destined to have to see more skin than clothes given the latitudes we dwell in.

Life's a bitch, ain't it?

Comrade Bubba

#13 Yo, bubba - doncha be

Yo, bubba - doncha be signifyin', flappifyin', testifyin', and mystifyin' me 'bout your fashionista, my man!!! I've seen photos of how you dress, and I speak TROOF!!!

And the 'fashion retarded' statement??? One too many words!!!

#14 One more time.

That WASN'T ME in dat picture!

I would NEVER go out in public wearing a bra dat tacky, thank you very much.

"Sides, the purse didn't go wid da shoes, either.

Comrade Bubba

#15 OK..............I be

OK..............I be sanctifyin' ya now............we be all cool, yo??? I don' wanna be spreadin' no falsehoods.........only TROOF!!!

#16 Socks...

Isn't Lawrence the dude that wears designer socks to the tune of $88.00 a pair??

#17 ...sez the hypocrite who wears $90 socks.


#18 What I want to see EVERY CONSERVATIVE do....

when they talk to him say hey you blasted Ann Romney for her blouse... HOW MUCH do YOUR SOCKS COST?....... then look him in the eye and call him a HYPOCRITE!

Liberals: No Morals, No Standards, NO Problem!

#19 Money Quote

The reality is that if the Obamas were Republicans selling the nation on the idea that they inherited the worst recession since the Great Depression, the first lady would be regularly lambasted by the press for the expensive clothing and vacations she spends money on.

Instead, they swoon over their "fashion icon" whose clothes are not only expensive, but often hideous!

I think O'Donnell's going to regret opening this can of worms.

#20 As I have heard said before

"I care far less about what Mitt Romney is doing with his money than what Barrack Obama and the Democrats are doing with mine!!!"

#22 Amen...

Amen, and again I say "AMEN"!

"Old Soldiers never die, they just fade away"!

#23 DING DING DING!!!! We have


We have a winner!!!!

Great point DL, any conservative appearing on his show or any other libturd where this is brought up has the perfect response with your reply.

"The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so." President Ronald Reagan

#24 Shuddup, Pinko -

It's her money. She can do what she wants with it.

#25 As for the First Wookie....

That's another story.

#26 So the Obamabot O'Donnell

So the Obamabot O'Donnell complains about Mrs Romneys wardrobe that she pays for but never a single word about Mrs Obamas overpriced wardrobe that the taxpayer pay for?????

More of the propaganda medias cover and distraction campagn, no surprise lead by the administrations lead public relations firm MSNBC and the talking head of Mr. O'Donnell. How convientant.

“If you don't have a record to run on, then you…make a big election about small things.” -- Barrack Obama

#27 Larry O'Donnell

Now he proves he is stupid. (he thinks he is sooooo smart). Stopped watching him when he went crazy over Michelle Malkin when she appeared talking about the swift boat book....He just went nuts. You should play that back....hilarious.

#28 Palin's Wardrobe

Do you remember how the press complained four years ago that Palin's wardrobe was too down market. When the RNC bought her some higher couture clothing, the press complained about the expense.

You cannot win with these people Michelle gets to wear expensive boots and $495 gardening boots.

#29 Lady M's Kids' Choice Awards Costs

And this idiot has the unmitigated gall to criticize Anne Romney?


#30 Lord Blonde

She spent all that money to look that awful?

Proud member of the 53%!

#31 This is why...

...conservatives never ever ever want to chill free speech. LET THEM TALK. Because if THAT'S the game they want to play, suggesting we should be outraged by Ann Romney spending HER OWN MONEY on a BLOUSE, then THEY have SET THE STANDARD by which WE WILL CRUCIFY them by reminding America that it's more appropriate to be outraged by MOOCHELLE'S FLYING HER FAT ASS ALL OVER THE GLOBE ON **OUR** MONEY.

#32 Larry Larry Larry

Such a hyprocrite. How much was that haircut,tie,shirt and suit you wear? As noted Michelle wears sneakers for over 500. not to mention all her stylish dresses she wears that th elibs gloat and drool over. remember look at her arms etc.
Go away liberals no one cares how you feel. The conservative tide is coming folks don't worry we're not gullible anymore Move Forward liberals and take the racist president and attorney general with you when you move to mother russia

One Nation Under GOD and very proud of it

#33 And if I remember correctly

Didn't Michelle wear those fancy sneakers to some event to help the homeless?

Answered my own question:

#34 Oscars and Emmys?

Did dim Larry have the same criticism of all the actors in their glitzy clothes and
jewels at the award shows. I'm sure he was thinking they were throwing their
success in the faces of poorer Americans.

#35 Well, isn't that stimulating!

How many people did Ann Romney employ when she bought that shirt? Isn't consuming what drives the economy?

I'll see your Ann Romney's designer shirt and raise you one Michelle Obama spanish vacation at $450,000.


Madison and Jefferson and Franklin built a Republic - Roberts killed it! 

#36 Obama's Vacations

What has this idiot had to say about the many multi-million dollar vacations the Obama's have taken over the last three years............absolutely nuthin'!!!

Our money for the royal family. Ann's money for the blouse.

#37 /me slams Ann Romney for

/me slams Ann Romney for wearing stupid looking shirt with a bird on it that isn't worth paying $990 for.

#38 I couldn't care any less...

...about how much Ann Romney makes, spends, wears, or anything else regarding HER money. But I do have a colossal problem with Obama's credit card saying, "The U.S. Treasury Department". (Not to mention operating the wealthiest nation of Earth without a budget!)

#39 Clearly the Marxist Democrats are banking on stupidity.

Too late to close the barn door on the Independents...

#40 Ooh, Look Over There

What's that shiny object?

To more fully comprehend the Left, one must read “Leftism As Psychopathy” by John Ray, M.A., Ph.D. Caution, it might scare you a little bit.

#41 Loony Larry

Darling, it's her money to spend as she chooses.

Does the loon actually believe the moochie shops Target?

#42 $990 top - what about THEIR clothing costs??

Everyone knows talking heads of all stripes have megabuck salaries, book deals, homes, things the hoi poloi don't have. Goodness knows they can't have the true costs of their clothing, staff, sets, makeup, etc. revealed. Otherwise, they'd look like hypocrits.

Oh, wait a minute - they are hypocrits!

“I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction: 'I served in the United States Navy.'" John F. Kennedy

#43 Jealousy, thy name is

Jealousy, thy name is Lawrence O'Donnell.

Hypocrisy, thy name is also Lawrence O'Donnell.

#44 Big freakin' deal. Ann Romney

Big freakin' deal. Ann Romney can dress how she pleases. She's an inspiration to women all over the U.S. who can strive to achieve what she has. At least it's a good looking shirt, although ridiculously priced. Here's a link to an Obama gaff - did she actually pay more than $500 for these stinking sneakers?

#45 Mrs Obama wears a $2700 sweater

#46 Tipping point

Well there you have it the tipping point in the election. I can see the exit polling now. "I couldn't vote for Romney, did you see that shirt his wife was wearing"?

#47 Obama's going to be out any minute now

with a statement on not attacking the families of candidates.

And then pigs will fly and MSNBC will do an investigative piece about Fast & Furious.

Proud member of the 53%!

#48 as Weird Harold would say...

All envy...No class!

#49 Ann Romney is such a SNOB...

...Lowdown Larry would whack her for being too good to hang with the homies who wait in line for a week for the chance to buy $300 Retro Air Jordans. My Gahd, these poor souls have to have their fast food and welfare checks delivered directly to the sidewalk...

#50 What the heck is this creep talking about!

The Romney's spend the money they earned on a shirt.

Meanwhile Obama spends 1.8 trillion of unauthorizes monies that belong to the American people. Obama is the richest man in the world, he spend more money every year, then the top 10 "rich" folks are worth.

Odumba$$ needs a reality check

Seek Truth, Defend Liberty

#51 Michelle Obama went on a

Michelle Obama went on a $500,000 vacation and all I got was this lousy $900 shirt

#52 Post of the Day!!


Proud member of the 53%!

#53 double standard ?

The wife of a working man that earned their money compared to the Royal couple in the white house who spend our money what was Ms Obama's last five vacation cost? how much were those gowns she wore for various events? double standard hypocrites

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