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welcome back.
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that's all for us tonight. tomorrow is the big day. we're going to have the parades and then the inauguration ball. we'll be right here live on cnn as president barack obama is inaugurated for the second time. i can't wait. that's all for us tonight. now anderson cooper. good evening. a big night as washington gets ready an even bigger day tomorrow. as many as 800,000 people expected. tomorrow morning president obama will make the journey from the white house to this end of pennsylvania avenue up here to capitol hill. at noon on the capitol's west front he will raise a hand on pair of historic bibles and usher in his second term. he'll address the crowd and the nation and the world. he's be honored with receptions and welcomed into the history books. for the first time in a long time, the first time since ronald reagan's second ina inauguration lit be a formality.
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law requires it tot be sworn in on the 20th. today, they were. >> please raise your right hand, and repeat after me. i, barack hussein obama, do solemnly swear. >> i, barack hussein obama, do solemnly swear. >> that i will faithfully execute. >> that i will faithfully execute. >> the office of president of the united states. >> the office of president of the united states. >> and will to the best of my ability. >> and will to the best of my ability. >> preserve, protect and defend. >> preserve, protect and defend. >> the constitution of the united states. >> the constitution of the united states. >> so help you god. >> so help me god. >> congratulations, mr. president. >> thank you, mr. chief justice. thank you so much. >> congratulations. >> chief justice john roberts administering the oath. last time he fumbled the words. this time he nailed it. president obama using the family bible today. a lot to talk about tonight. vice president biden took the
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oath earlier at his residents. it too went off without a hitch. yesterday during a surprise appearance, the vice president sort of did a joe biden. take a look. >> i'm proud to be president of the united states but i'm prouder to be -- >> a few seconds later he corrected himself and a short time ago he spoke. the president's subject was hair. specifically michelle obama's new bangs. >> first of all, i love michelle obama and to address the most
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significant event of this weekend, i love her bangs. she looks good. she always looks good. >> president obama just earlier tonight. some politics ahead looking to tomorrow and the next four years. republican consultants joining us. friend and advisor of president obama. paul, you wrote an article today. you said the president should say all the right things in his speech tomorrow about coming together and about unity and go out and be ruthless.
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>> yes. that is the lesson of lincoln. in the first inaugural he talked about appealing to the better angels of our nature and then we went to war. he tried. president obama has tried. i think presidents have to change, try to change the culture in which they are placed. in this case, this division that we have in the country isn't going to be healed. it wasn't healed by president clinton. it wasn't healed by president bush. it has not been healed by president obama be . >> you're saying it doesn't matter what he says tomorrow. he should just be ruthless. >> i think he's got to pursue his agenda with way president lincoln did. yes, with relentless commitment. i think the central political miscalculation of his first term
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is he thought his mere presence would bank those partisan. >> you're going to be saying yada, yada in his head. >> i think the more elegant way to say this -- >> what my client meant to say. >> i think he needs to say he wants unity but not unity at all costs. there's something more important that be just people getting along in this town. they deserve a better economy. he's got to show the willingness to work with anybody but also the willingness to work against anybody who stops him from doing a good job. >> isn't that what republicans who say that compromise is a dirty word and it's important to standby your principles. >> i love paul. he's going to try to strike deals with republicans for big
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picture governance and get things done. run on politics, defeat republicans, don't worry about the nation and do what he wants to do mr. the final two years. that's what paul is getting at. >> i am for striking deals. >> you're for striking republicans. >> i'm for cuts deals but i'm not for saying everybody should come together because here i am. >> when you say ruthless, if a republican member said be ruthless, people would be screaming at you. >> i wasn't quoting. maybe it was ruthless. >> what that means is cutting deals instead of just saying let's reason together, give them something and take something. do the -- >> okay. >> grimy, realistic sometimes unpleasant work of running the country. >> this is the magic that the movie lincoln illustrated.
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it happened in far more pol polarized congress than the congress we have. president obama is not going to have major legacy piece in terms of legislative achievement if he doesn't have republican support. something has got to be struck. >> you don't see republican support. republicans is approval 55%. 43%. if do you look at how it breaks down, the number for republicans just one in ten. >> that's nothing new. that will be the case for any president you have. you still find areas of common ground. for me the big one will have to be medicare, medicaid. the things that are making the nation go bankrupt. >> here is what i think. i think this president has figured out what it takes to get
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republicans to come with him. i think he's spent too much time trying to be too nice. it's amazing for me to hear conservatives say he never reached out. now i think he says, the tougher that i am, the more likely i'm going to have some republicans come with me. he was tough on the debt ceiling. he was tough on the fiscal showdown. when he got tough, boehner had to let some republicans go his way. i think he want unity. the path is being tough and being clear about what he wants to get done bp. >> if you look at lift, second terms have not worked out how most presidents think they will work out. something happens. president bush, the financial crisis. president clinton, the impeachment. >> this guy is awesome. >> stuff happens.
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clean it up. it's family show. george w. bush never mentioned terrorism. that was the topic that dominated his term. i re-eisenhower's second inaugur inaugural. the most important thing was to send troops into little rock. i think most of these presidents have no idea what they're about to encounter. >> outside events end up shaping the legacy and how they respond. the president's maximum political power and validation is right now in this moment and in the next year. the question is does he strike while the iron is hot an does he
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take to the tendency which will be to appeal to the democratic pass and try to ram something through or do something against his nature and try to reach out against republicans and work with marco rubio on immigration. >> the interesting thing about political capital is mandates that what you create as the president. you can create more and grow more if you do well and if the economy comes back. there's a wild card here and it's iran. nobody needs to forget that iran will be major issue president obama will have have to wrestle with. >> i want to thank you. we also have breaking news now. you can almost hear the celebrating in baltimore. the ravens beat the new england patriots for the afc championship and are heading to the super bowl.
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they set the stage for history making match up. jim played quarterback for a string of nfl teams. it's the first time in history this has happened so brother on brother match up is clear to be a story line in the lead up to the game. we'll have a lot more coming up. more inauguration coverage ahead. let us know what you think. follow me on twitter right now. i'll be tweeting tonight. next, how has president obama changed the country and how has washington changed the president? is this the same man who he was four years ago? [ male announcer ] don't just reject convention. drown it out. introducing the all-new 2013 lexus ls f sport. an entirely new pursuit.
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when we were tested we refused to let this journey in. >> that's president obama's first inaugural. he offered hope and promised change. some of that change is in himself. she's written a best selling title "the obamas." you've been writing about the obamas since they first came into office. the role that michelle obama plays for president obama in the white house, what is that role and how has it change? >> it's about the overall vision. this is not a first lady who bursts into the west wing saying we have to do this and this about this policy. >> i heard she's rarely seen. >> rarely seen. the thing to remember about
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michelle obama is she never wanted her husband to be a politician and she never wanted him to be a regular politician. they talk about getting past the washington noise. why they came and what they wanted to accomplish. early there was some tension because she one idea over what kind of president her husband should be and some advisors had another. that's soften now. we still see this defining aspect. it's almost like she's the guardian of the ultimate obama mission. this is what you're here to do. this is the standards i expect everybody to live up to. >> there's some controversy over whether that's true or not. her adjustment was difficult. everybody who becomes first lady says the first year is a real shock. this was somebody who was a hospital executive in chicago and was catapulted into the
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national spotlight. when i found reporting my book is the great surprise is that michelle obama was like the kid who didn't want to take the class and then got the a plus. some obama aides even said to me that she ended up adjusting to this life better than her husband did. she figured out the job of first lady and even learned to exploit some of its limitations and made it work for her. >> i wanted to ask you because i found it an interesting piece, you wrote something very striking and that is they wills others who may be seeking this job that it's really hard to get change in washington. you said he had a contracted sense of possibility. that is to think smaller about what he might do. you outline the agenda hesitate setting forward tomorrow which is huge. he's been having these think big sessions in the white house.
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>> i think that's the suspenseful question about this second term. we have so much trouble just with these budget fights and coming to common agreement, how are we going to do something on guns if that's the president's agenda. might there be a possibility of climate change, legislation. these are huge difficult questions that this president faces. >> how does he reconcile? >> david, you've worked in the white house, do you think the obamas experience is that much different than other presidents? >> i think it's very similar to what presidents have recently experienced. bill clinton came thinking he could change it. the last person who really began to sense there were greater possibilities was reagan. that was almost a different political age. >> you also think about how the clintons and how bill clinton.
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he seemed to revel in politics. they haven't had bill and hillary over for dinner. they've never had a dinner. >> i think this is something outsiders find difficult. they can be charming. they have great public personalities. what people in washington see but i think people all over the country don't see it if there's an introversion there. there's a self-protectedness. the obamas said both when the president became famous in 2004 and when they came to washington, no new friends which is the opposite of what we expect from politicians. politicians generally succeed by making everybody they friend. >> some people like to be president because they really enjoy the office. other people relish power and
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exercising power. >> is it true that president obama after meeting with some people he likes down time by himself? >> absolutely. if we're looking at whep this presidency happens, in some sense it takes place at 10, 11, 12:00 at night on the second floor study in the private resident when the president sits for hours and hours and he turns over the problems in his own mind. he writes about them and that's when he makes decision. >> does he enjoy being president? >> people have asked me that question again and again. there are things that he certainly enjoy. we can see him taking a greater relish in them. when he did the appearance on new year's i've right before the fiscal deadline. he hates budget fights. he was away from the family during their holiday vacation and yet the guy had a huge smile
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on his face. that is something new we're seeing from barack obama. somebody used a great word to describe him. they said bloody minded. >> you used that. >> somebody used it and i repeated it. >> thank you. fascinating article. tomorrow this time more inaugural balls will be under way. there's a lot happening. president clinton set a record attending 14 balls. you know who started tradition? we'll tell you that answer next as we let will i am play us to break. just the right amount of light. so you see everything the way it's meant to be seen. maybe even a little better. visit your eyecare professional today to ask about our newest lenses, transitions vantage and transitions xtractive lenses.
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this weekend as we look ahead to the next four years, we should absolutely take some time to truly enjoy this next few
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days. the last one was kind of fast. we've all agreed that we're going to take some time to just breathe in and enjoy it. >> that was first lady michelle obama about two hours ago tonight. today was the 51st inauguration of a u.s. president. what we've been watching today and tomorrow is a ritual me americans grew up. they are bound by tradition. let's take a look at where the traditions came from. in 2008, more than a million people flooded the streets of washington, d.c. to celebrate an event that in many ways remain unchanged since george washington was inaugurated. >> here he is taking on a new
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post. he eventually got into new york city to get sworn in and they realized they didn't have a bible for the swearing in and had to go conjure one up from a lodge. >> place your left hand on the bible. >> since the first inauguration the bible has been used to swear in every president. roosevelt did not use one. some presidents open the bible to specific passages like bill clinton. some presidents use two bibles like president barack obama will rest his hand on abraham lincoln's bible and martin luther king jr.'s bible. the inaugural parade is another tradition that dates back to george washington but his parade was small not the spectacle that we see today. >> it really imnated from 1904
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from when roosevelt had fur trappers and out doors people. each year the parade gets better and better. >> in 1837 martin van bure fln the first to use hail to the chief. it was moved to january 20th in 1937 just in time for franklin d. roosevelt second term. ♪ at last >> the tradition started with james madison in 1909. dwight eisenhower started holding multiple parties. john f. kennedy attended five. bill clinton second inauguration holds the all time high for 14 events. harry truman was the first to
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have his televised. an estimated ten million americans watched. at the time it was the most watched event in history. presidents were able to broadcast their speeches to the entire nation. >> the only thing we have to fear is fear itself. >> the very thought that man in a wheelchair is trying to put optimism into our national lungs. still continues to move. john f kennedy's famous address lives forever because ted sorenson wrote it so well. >> and so my fellow americans ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country. >> some speeches more memorable than others but one speech, the oath of office.
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only 35 words long. it begins i do solemnly swear. >> that i will faithfully execute the office of the united states. >> and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect and defend. >> the constitution of the united states. >> so help me god. >> so help me god. >> congratulations mr. president. all the best wishes. >> we'll see all of that tomorrow. doug knows more about the 56 inaugurations that came. you focus a will the on presidential history but on inaugurations in general. why are they so important to you? >> the first one with thomas jefferson here in washington, d.c., we thought the two political parties were going to destroy america. here jefferson at his inauguration reminded people
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that i'm not a republican or a federalist today, we're americans. we had a brutal 2012 election cycle. it's an opportunity to kind of reflect on american history and create a sense of unity. the most raccus was andrew jackson. when he got to the white house they were serving cider and people trashed the place. he slipped out the back of the executive mansion as it was called then and fled to alexandria and went to a tavern.
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he's tapped to be president. he took a barge to new york city and is sworn in. it's wrought with tradition. this is a time for the people to be glad that democracy works. the whole world is watching now. >> the longest inaugural was william henry harrison. >> he gave this long winded speech and got will. it was freezing weather. he died only a month later from his own inaugural. you don't want to be ranked below william henry harrison. >> what are you looking for tomorrow? >> most important is to have some kind of healing message. this is not a state of the union address. this is the president carefully
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reading lincoln's second inaugural, the poetry and language of it. i do think that barack obama, since the first one was historic for him, he may need to make this a historic speech. i was raise gun control. i would invoke women. the women brought him into power. it would be nice to see a woman quoted. >> eva longoria was the co-chair of the president's election campaign. she's now the co-chair of the inaugural committee. my conversation with eva about being a voice for the latino community. >> i did all of this as an american. i did all of this as a citizen of this great, great country. because i'm an actress doesn't mean i'm not literate on the subjects that i talk about. [ mom ] a new game? that'll save the day.
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: getting ready for tomorrow's festivities. as many as 800,000 people expected to be out here. up with of the reasons president obama is getting a second term is because of the hispanic vote that helped to carry him to victory. actress eva longoria is co-chair of the president inaugural committee and she was co-chair of the re-election campaign. she was one of biggest fund-raisers for president obama. she spoke at the democratic national convention which she talked about her family and she said her biggest priority was education. >> college was not an option. it was mandatory. even though we didn't have a lot of money, we made it work. i signed up for financial aid,
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work study, pell grant, anything i could. just like our president an first lady, i took out loans. i taught aerobics and i worked on campus to pay those loans back. >> cover story, front page story in the wall street journal talked about how she's becoming a power player in washington. earlier i spoke with eva. >> you're going to be sitting on the stage on monday watching the swearing in. >> yes. it's my first inauguration. i didn't watch it in 2008 because i was working. this is a first time i'll be experiencing it. >> i know election night you said you cried and you tweeted a picture of your friends celebrating. what will you be thinking? >> i probably cry again. i'm very emotional that way. it's an honor to be involved in
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any way in this whole process. >> wall street journal this weekend front page story. it also says you are becoming a power player in washington. is that a conscious effort? what do you want to -- >> is that conscious? i don't know what that means and you have to be really careful with labels when people place, anoint you in way. it's great but at the same time you've got to still do the work. >> you're co-chairing the inauguration. you have events at the white house, at vice president biden's house. you have an event with republicans and democrats, kind of a bipartisan luncheon. what do you hope to -- do you see yourself running for politics one day? >> no. i love serving in the capacity that i'm serving now. i always say the power is with the citizen.
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i grew up with a family of volunteers and volunteerism wads really big in my family early on. i'm going to continue to serve my country in the way that i can. i have a tremendous amount of respect for politicians and what they do, what you do, journalists. >> don't try to pbutter me up. >> this is your day job. this is not my day job. i don't want anyone to consider i'm on par equal to what they do daily. >> you don't see yourself running? >> not any time soon. >> to you what does this inauguration mean? >> for me this election was about moving the country forward. that was a slogan of obama's campaign but it really was. it was two very clear choices regarding a lot of issues. whether you were a woman, gay,
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latino. this election represents that. we're going to move forward as a country. >> the world of washington politics, is it very different? >> completely different. >> how so? >> i always say this is a greater soap oprera? >> washington? >> yeah. it's hard to navigate. doing something political, i feel like it's relevant. i'm not saying my day job is not. there's place for entertainment and creating emotion and a release and outlet for people to step way from the real world is also honorable. it's a very interesting world over here. hollywood is chew you up and spit you out but it's a little
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easier to navigate. >> hollywood? >> yes. >> do you find, some people roll their eyes when they hear about an actress or actor becoming involved in politics. do you find that a hurdle? >> constantly. people say you're an actress. if you're a dentist are you only going to do teeth. i did all of this as an american. i did all of this as a citizen of this great, great country. because i'm an actress doesn't mean i'm not literate on the subjects i talk about. >> do you feel like you understand this town or do you still feel like you're in the process? >> i'm still in the process. i'm still a student of it. >> but you like it? >> i love it. i think it's fascinating. i think y'all are fascinating. >> this is a town of party affiliation. there's so much gridlock.
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when you see it up close, what's it like coming into this? how do you see this gridlock? do you think is there -- is it possible the find common ground? >> that's really good point. i'm extremely hopeful action will be taken. i'm hopeful policies will get through and the gridlocking would stop. doi. i'm romantic about politics. are you? you're not. >> i try to operate in a world of facts. >> you're a realist. i'm an idealist. i like to imagine a world where, yes, we can get it done. >> she will be on the platform with president obama watching tomorrow as we all will. coming up, presidential life in pictures. it will be fascinating. two former white house photographer.
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they'll talk about how they captured them. also the first lady of fashion got rave reviews last time around. we'll take a look at how first lady's fashion has evolved oaf the years and what it means to designers in the country.
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take from the beginning of covering clinton because temper was a big part of who he was. he's got a great sense of humor and a great focus but you have to capture it all. you get the complete look. >> that's david in the corner. >> it is. david is out of it. i'm standing behind george and i thought this is my chance. i'm going to make it this time. i can try it but i was really kind of a little afraid. >> were you nervous he would direct the anger toward you? >> oh, no, no. if i wasn't working with range finder. i really didn't frame the picture. i cut off clinton's hand. i put it back down an i was like i got away with it.
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i only did it once. >> i want to show you picture of president ford in his pajamas. it's how comfortable presidents become with the official photographers. how do you blend in and get a photo like this? >> president ford was a man without vanity. that's not a picture of they're going to bring the pool in to photograph. it was with don rumsfeld on the right. early morning meeting in japan. this is the photo that kept him off the best dressed list. he was comfortable. he never told me that he didn't want a certain picture published or anything. he was great to work for for a photographer like with bob. they forget we were in the room. >> you have a up close picture of the obamas back in 2008. a very private moment between the two. can you take us inside this
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moment? >> this picture was four years ago tonight. the obamas were going to like number eight of ten balls. she was chilly. it's like a photograph taken after a high school prom where the gallant guy gives his date the coat. i think this goes to their relationship. it's a very warm relationship. you don't goat set to see that much. >> bob, you took a number of photos during traumatic times in the clinton white house. >> it's one of the things that david and i and people who work in the white house do. we're there for years. most photographic assignments can be hours or minutes.
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they used to be a week. i took this first picture in 1993. i can remember when i saw the picture in 1998 after the state of the union and remembering the connection to this other picture. it said a lot to me about sort of how people react. the human nature of people. the connection is mrs. clinton. mrs. clinton in the center of the travel office. it was a very traumatic time. we had just come to washington. it had gotten away from them like things do. the one on the right from '98 that's self-inflicted. >> david you took photos of george w. bush.
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>> the first one was backstage election night austin, texas. al gore had already conceded the election but five minutes after the photo was taken he call back and took it back which led us to that whole hanging scenario. the final picture and the one that was taken four years ago is george w. bush last day as president basicing out of white house. to the right is president-elect obama. what struck me about that moment is bush never looked back. it's like he threw the keys to the place over to obama and that was it. it's a very powerful moment. it also goes to the transition of power in the united states. we have one party going to next. it's peaceful. we've been in place where is
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transition has been difficult. >> that's for sure. thank you so much for taking to time to talk about some of these images. thank you so much. in the last four years michelle obama has had her picture taken countless of times. it comes with the pressure that every modern first lady has faced. the style watchers are always looking. we heard headlines around the world when she had bangs. the fashion police not too far away. there's a lot of fashion designers who are on the edge of her seat because they don't know if she will wear their style. >> reporter: she's often called the first lady of fashion whether it's target, talbot or high end designers. >> a dress with black and gold
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bangles. she looked kind of hot but still very appropriate in her role. when ever you ever said that a first lady looks hot. >> reporter: mrs. obama wasn't always a darling of the fashion world. she knocked our socks off wu the ivory one shoulder ball gown but in the early days of her husband's first term she was often more buttoned up, suits and separates soon gave way to sheets an those pearls. >> michelle really loves alexis jewelry. she still wears pearls. it's not just the twin set. she mixes things together an wears where vicinitiage belts. there are elements that are jackie o. but she has her own twist on everything. alexis believes mrs. obama started out wearing what she thought she should as first lady and then started taking more
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fashion risks as she settled into her role, bold color, patterns, pointed toe flats and even neon nail polish. her gray nail polish was a big talker. >> she wear clothes with a metallic sheen. it just reflects the light an catches her skin in a beautiful way. that's another thing that's really smart. >> reporter: mrs. obama signature style has evolved into what she likes to call lady like with a twist. the look most often includes skirts and dresses that are circular, lots of floral, texture and jewel sleeveless to show off her toned arms. many women say it's her every
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