With all the uproar over Michelle Obama's bare arms and shoulders, I decided to google the images of other First Ladies. My, My Mame and Hello Dolly! It wasn't difficult to find pictures of bare shoulders, arms, and breast mounds. Oh there were a few well covered from top to toe, but they were actually in the minority or only existed because there was only one known portrait or picture.
After the rather prim images presented by the Bush women and the well covered Hillary Clinton, it was easy to forget that Mamie and Jackie often treated the world to some first lady skin. Then there was the uproar over Dolly Madison's fashionable but see through 1812 period number or the fact that Mary Lincoln's breasts were among her better features. Lady bird's day time apparel may have been southern perfect, but she loved to swirl in her evening gowns. How soon everyone forgot Nancy Reagan's one shoulder number, and it has even been mentioned that around the residence floors, Helen Taft preferred her soft asian robes to her buttoned down American prudery.
You could almost call the display, "Bare Naked First Ladies".