Michelleobamahaircut First Lady Michelle Obama pulled into the Department of Transportation last Friday wearing a houndstooth check blazer by Chicago designer Peter Soronen — and a shocking new shorter hairstyle.

At first glance, the new do looked like a Katie Holmes, a Hillary Rodham Clinton or, worse, a Katie Couric short cut.

But it now appears that it is not a mannish hack job at all. Simply a sophisticated, swept-back updo.

Whew. Thank heavens.

What do you think of Michelle’s new do? Or is it a don’t?

Is it better — or worse — than Sarah Palin‘s bouffant bubble with bangs?

Frankly, I think some hair around Obama’s jawline is flattering because it softens her face.

But I could be wrong.

I was wrong once.

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Photo: Associated Press

Posted by:Elizabeth Snead