I love Michelle Obama and thought she looked great at the inauguration. I'm glad she wore gloves and I like them but. . . . whenever I see them I think of this character in an Amelia Bedelia book I had when I was little. Amelia Bedelia is doing her best (as ever) and her boss (a doctor?) is berating her for something and he wears these red, baggy gloves. His face is red too (to indicate his frustration with Amelia Bedelia). He's horrifying! He's kind of a precursor to Steve Martin's Dr. Maxwell from Sgt.Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, which is also horrifying if you see it as a kid and don't yet understand the difference between the Beatles and the BeeGees.
It must have really made an impression on me because every time I caught a glimpse of Michelle's gloves--yes, even holding the Lincoln bible--I thought of the horrible baggy gloves on Amelia's impatient and abusive boss. You might assume that this cruel man and his distinctive, haunting gloves are my earliest memory of terror--but you would be wrong. Ever heard of the child catcher?
He wears gloves too, has a whip, and can smell children with his long nose. What an awful person. I hate him. We have Roald Dahl to thank for that.
I guess the only thing more frightening at the time was:
Anyway, her ballgown was really pretty too.