Some perceived a lack of decorum from the first lady while others said she handled the jaunt like a pro, pointing to a precedent of other U.S. women representatives like Obama predecessor Laura Bush and former secretaries of state Hillary Clinton and Madeleine Albright who also went headscarf-less and shook hands while visiting the country.
This reminds us of another time a first lady caused a stir during international travel. For this week’s #TBT, let’s remember that time Hillary Clinton “baffled the Japanese” when she wore three, all-black outfits during a two-day trip in Japan. Culturally, black, especially when worn alone or with white, represents mourning and misfortune (funeral attire…ring any bells?).
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