I was reading Frontier news this morning and found this blooper…
“On Friday, Obama left for Camp David with the president wearing a blue-patterned dress from the Gap. We tracked the garment down online, and it’s actually still available and on sale.”
There was a picture that accompanied the article, and needless to say, It was Mrs. Obama who wore the blue-patterned dress. Whew!!
Of course it is a matter of interpretation, but when reporting news I think a greater effort should be made to be unambiguous.
It might be clearer to divide that into two sentences. “On Friday, Obama left for Camp David with the president. She was wearing a blue-patterned dress from the Gap.”
Further, there is a question of respect. Why not the First Lady or Michelle Obama instead of Obama? This was online news, so space was not an issue. I see no need to be paltry with pixels. Of even graver consideration, in view of the wars, floods, famines, and droughts that plague this world, who really cares that our most esteemed First Lady wore a dress from the Gap?
“On Friday, Obama left for Camp David with the president wearing a blue-patterned dress from the Gap.”
As a writer, (check out http://www.wordflair.net) it is not the frock, nor its price that caught my eye, but the wording…
On first read, it seemed that the President was a wearing a blue-patterned dress. I wonder if this will become campaign fodder.