And while we love our President and the saturated coverage surrounding his claim to power, it’s the women behind his White House that we’re really intrigued with.
Here are the Top 5 Vogue features on the stylish and strong women of the Obama administration:
1. Michelle Obama in September 2007: In its first feature on the would-be First Lady, Vogue dubbed the “truth-telling,” outspoken Michelle Obama “The Natural.” Unlike most campaign wives, Michelle didn’t shy away from her independence as a person: “Work is rewarding. I love losing myself in a set of problems that have nothing to do with my husband and children. Once you’ve tasted that, it’s hard to walk away.”
2. Valerie Jarrett in October 2008: As senior adviser to Obama, Jarrett took center stage in Vogue, being dubbed “Barack’s Rock”. The Chicago businesswoman said of the couple: “Barack’s mom was on food stamps for a while…Michelle’s father was a blue-collar worker…And yet Barack and Michelle went to the best schools in the country! And instead of pursuing the corner office at a big law firm, they both devoted their lives to public service!”
3. Jill Biden in November 2008: The mother of three, college professor and dedicated politician’s wife posed with the women of the Biden family. “When I first gave her a hug,” Michelle Obama said of the now-VP’s wife, “I could feel that she was, like, real people. You know? You can sort of tell. She was sweet, down-to-earth and very open and honest, and I liked her right away. And now I just love her to death.”
4. Desiree Rogers in February 2009: Ringing a new era to the White House, the President’s new Social Secretary made headlines for her impeccable taste: “[My purpose] is helping people visualize what the Obama presidency is about, the feelings Americans voted for—inclusion, transparency, embracing people you might never otherwise learn about—and also translating the splendor, that sweetness, that comfort of the White House to everyone.”
5. Michelle Obama in March 2009: The cover read “The First Lady The World’s Been Waiting For” but she rather be called “mom in chief.” But no mom could deny her fashion icon status: “I’m not going to pretend that I don’t care about it. But I also have to be very practical. In the end, someone will always not like what you wear – people just have different tastes.”