Michelle Obama: My Bangs Were a 'Midlife Crisis!'

02/19/2013 at 10:04 AM ET

Michelle Obama Bangs Midlife Crisis
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When you’re the First Lady of the United States, you don’t have many options if you’re looking to act on a midlife crisis.

So Michelle Obama did what any woman looking to shake things up (within Secret Servce-approved parameters, of course) would do: cut her bangs.

“This is my midlife crisis, the bangs,” Obama joked on The Rachael Ray Show. “I couldn’t get a sports car. They won’t let me bungee-jump. So instead, I cut my bangs.”

And unlike many midlife crises, this one has gotten a big thumbs up from her spouse. “I love her bangs!” President Barack Obama said shortly after she cut them on her 49th birthday. “She always looks good.”

Not that she needed her husband’s approval, of course; though President Obama may be the leader of the free world, his wife is strictly the boss of her own hair. “I can do this,” she told Ray, smiling and gesturing to her new cut. “This is all mine.”

Tell us: Have you ever changed up your look impulsively? What do you think of Obama’s “midlife crisis”?

–Alex Apatoff

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Vee on

I think the bangs really suit her. She is a great looking woman. Too bad people don’t understand her “midlife crisis” humor. I’m in her age group and I get it. :)

jack on

her bangs look nice, its just her face, like she has a midgets jaw and her eyebrows and her eyelids to match.

Cindy Perkins on

So sad jokes had to be made about the president and world problems. Isn’t she entitled to just have a “girly” moment and cut her hair? She is a gorgeous woman along with her intelligence and contributions to this country.

Tina on

@Lola, that’s funny.

pattih on

It’s a WIG — give me a break
She wears more wigs than Dolly Parton

Margie Jones on

How ironic since you and your husband have created a crisis for middle America.

Joyce Nesselhauf on

I agree with Maleficent! I love how she looks with this haircut. She DOES look more youthful and it’s very cute on her! And the rest of you? If you don’t have something nice to say or at least an honest opinion (read: not snide for the sake of being snide) then don’t post. Some of you are just childish with your comments. Seriously. I don’t get the mentality in this country that the President, any President for that matter, is supposed to fix everything that’s wrong with this country in 4 years. Get a grip on reality people! Stand up and do your part if you want things to be different. The President is not responsible for that on his own. He has people to answer to also. Don’t get all up in arms because there’s a little article on her hair and not the state of the nation. Geez.

yessum on

Your husbands presidency is a mid life crisis for all Americans.

Maggie on

She desperately needs to get braces!

jmel on

Bangs or not….she will never be Reggie Love!!

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