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Michelle Obama's Right to Bare Arms

02/27/2009 at 01:43 PM ET

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It may be February and freezing, but Michelle Obama is heating up D.C. with her toned arms — often bared and on display in the First Lady’s fearless fashion choices. From the Inaugural Ball, where Obama showed off her shoulders and arms in a Jason Wu strapless gown, to the pink Tracy Reese frock she chose for her PEOPLE cover, her lean limbs are what everyone is buzzing about. But don’t think they come that easily. Her workout regimen includes cardio, calisthenics and weights, she told PEOPLE when she was on the campaign trail in 2007, and don’t forget good old-fashioned pushups. “It’s jump squats, you go down into a pushup then you jump up,” she said then about her routine. “What does [my trainer] call it? Squat thrusts! That’s the one I really hate. Squat thrusts with a pushup.” Celebrity trainer Elisa Gulan said not only push-ups, but probably light weights and heavy repetition helped sculpt her arms. “She has amazing tone and definition, but her arms are also sleek and streamlined,” said Gulan, whose clients include actress Becky Newton and host Terry Seymour. “You don’t get arms like that just from being on a diet.” And how does the American public feel about her predilection for sleeveless dresses? In a USA Today poll, 2,600 readers weighed in on whether it’s appropriate for the First Lady to go sleeveless so often. Forty percent said, “Yes, she’s a modern first lady,” 11 percent said, “No, it seems too informal.” The remaining 49 percent said, “Who cares [DASH] it’s her decision.” After all, voters did choose change in November! – Additional reporting by Sandra Sobieraj Westfall

For more on White House life, including family games, dinner-table conversations and new bedtime-reading habits, pick up this week’s PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday, and check out Michelle Obama’s First 100 Days of Style on InStyle.com.

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Snow on

She needs a mouth job and learn how to smile…ugly.

Leslie on

Hey, I wish my arms looks like hers! Way to go Obama, flaunt it :)

Jacque on

Snow, don’t hate the player, hate the game. Too bad you are not that smart. Stupid!

C. Brown on

Are we kidding? First we don’t like the President in the Oval Office without his coat on and now we don’t think the First Lady should be showing her arms!!??!?!? Do we not have bigger issues right now in our World!! Let it go people!

Diva on

She’s gorgeous…love her…I just wish people like Snow would stop hating so much. its not becoming of you as all

Diva on

She’s gorgeous…love her…I just wish people like Snow would stop hating so much. its not becoming of you at all

Linda Yeager on

Wow, Snow – settle down. Perhaps we should see your photo – and then decide how attractive you are!

raelee38 on

How about she is just u – g – l – y and she has no aliby she is just that way not matter how you dress her up. Whatever…the game or the player it is just that way…

LV on

What’s with all the hype on her. What she wears, how she looks, how great are her arms, yada, yada, yada.
How about the state this country is in. Who cares about her and all her fashion. It is unimportant.
Snow might not always say the nicest things, but he is right about her mouth (But, Who Cares?)

raelee38 on

Go Snow I am with you!!!! I think all these people who would love to have sex with with her husband and voted for him are crazy!! I cannot stand them!! Who cares what she puts on who cares what she says and who cares at all about her or her liar of a husband!! Cannot stand either of them….they both are a bunch of liars who talk out of both sides of their two faces!!!

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