All three networks on Monday morning highlighted the appearance of the Obamas at the Kennedy Center Honors, but only ABC fawned over "fashion win" of First Lady. Lara Spencer enthused that " one of the stars of the show was Michelle Obama." [See video below. MP3 audio here.]
An excited Spencer explained that Mrs. Obama looked "absolutely ravishing in a flowing teal gown as she accompanied President Obama." The co-host declared, "Another big fashion win for the First Lady."
CBS This Morning offered a full report on the various performers who were honored, but co-anchor Charlie Rose avoided ABC's superlatives. Instead, he focused on the White House appearance of many of the celebrity guests.
NBC's Today, like GMA, allowed only a single news brief. But Natalie Morales focused on the celebrities and simply noted, "The President was among those paying tribute."
A transcript of the December 9 brief, which aired at 8:14am on Good Morning America, is below:
LARA SPENCER: Last night, the Kennedy Center honored several of our nation's most beloved performing stars, including Billy Joel, Carlos Santana, and actress Shirley MacLaine. But for some observers, one of the stars of the show was Michelle Obama, absolutely ravishing in a flowing teal gown as she accompanied President Obama. Another big fashion win for the First Lady. Also during the star-studded ceremony, country music star Garth Brooks gave a special toast to Joel.