If the checkered ASOS dress NYC mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner’s wife Huma Abedin wore yesterday looks familiar to you, it’s probably because you shared a pic of it with all your Facebook friends way back in August. No, we aren’t suggesting you’ve time-traveled (though that would be like, so insanely awesome, right?!): First Lady Michelle Obama wore the very same number for a campaign event in Iowa with the President, then running for his second term in office–a photo of which went on to become the most viral image in history.
The photo, which depicts the Obamas in a warm embrace, has been liked by 4,434,198 people and shared by 578,079–so the odds are pretty good that Abedin’s familiar with it. Oh yeah, and she’s a Democrat with a husband currently running for office. Sound familiar?
Could Abedin be trying to emulate the incredibly likeable and “in love” image the Obamas have mastered? Weiner is doing his best to keep his fancy pants on following the 2011 scandal that saw him sending weiner-centric pics to online randoms, leaving the then-senator jobless (though, upside, it provided the world with some of the best headline puns EVER). The couple has a long way to go until the public forgets–and evoking that image of the Obamas, which shows both political victory and marital solidarity, is certainly not a bad idea.
Perhaps Abedin was trying to coordinate with the dancers at Harlem’s annual Salsa Street Party, which BuzzFeed notes were wearing “red and white cucaracha-style dresses.” Or maybe, just maybe, she really likes ASOS’s free shipping both ways guarantee. It really is a terrific deal.
Either way: Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but is it enough to get your husband Weiner and his weiner elected once again to public office?