February 6, 2009

It's About Priorities, Stupid

In an example of misplaced priorities, there was a small kerfuffle the day after inauguration when Obama was photographed in the Oval Office without a suit jacket. One prominent member of the previous administration, former Chief of Staff Andrew Card immediately jumped on the issue and has been braying about it ever since, even going on Inside Edition as late as Wednesday to complain to anyone who would listen.

"There should be a dress code of respect," Card tells INSIDE EDITION. "I wish that he would wear a suit coat and tie."

I have nothing against dressing up, but can we have some bloody perspective?

By now, other bloggers have pointed out that past presidents did not have a strict dress code in the Oval Office, and Bush himself has been photographed without his jacket on while working in that historic chamber.

Card's was the first public criticism of the new administration (but not the last, as Dick Cheney has taken it upon himself to fear-monger from his retirement home) and it seems to me that while discussion of the First Lady's wardrobe was particularly shallow in the run-up to inauguration, at least that activity is a diversion that some citizens engage in for entertainment, or to make a connection with a woman who, while she is much more than an agent of fashion also has a personal side that people want to relate to.

The criticism of Obama's wardrobe is even less worthy of our attention, and is an embarrassing peek at the priorities of the previous administration.

Posted by James at February 6, 2009 12:16 PM
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Maybe Card should become spokesman for Men's Wearhouse.

We all have wishes. Card wishes Obama would wear a tie; I wish Card would STFU.

Posted by: Julie at February 6, 2009 2:05 PM

You know what the response to that usually is?


Posted by: James at February 6, 2009 2:11 PM

That's true. Andrew Card has every right to express his thoroughly irrelevant opinion, and I'm glad the highly prestigious "Inside Edition" show gave him a chance to reveal how upset he was about seeing Obama's shirtsleeves.

And to think I've been worrying about my own petty problems!

Posted by: Julie at February 6, 2009 3:15 PM

I wouldn't care if the entire White House staff wore sweats and bunny slippers if they just got the job done. Heck, all the Republican Congressmen can where S&M regalia when they show up for their committees and floor votes. I don't give a rat's butt. Just do your jobs people.

Posted by: Kitten Herder at February 8, 2009 8:36 PM

I wonder if Hillary had been elected if they would have expected her to wear a suit coat every day?

Card isn't interested in a "dress code of respect," he's interested in finding a socially acceptable way of increasing divisiveness by pointing out, "Look! He's different from us. Be suspicious! Be hostile!"

Posted by: Bridgette at February 11, 2009 1:28 PM

Heck, all the Republican Congressmen can where S&M regalia when they show up for their committees and floor votes.

Oh, dear lord. I honestly don't know if I want to see any of these folks in a chest harness (see Congress pix below).


Posted by: Patti M. at February 11, 2009 7:40 PM

Patti -

Maybe we should make all of them wear burkas?

Posted by: Kitten Herder at February 12, 2009 11:16 AM

How about two brown paper bags--one for them and one for me.

Posted by: B.O.B.(bob) at February 12, 2009 6:56 PM

Whoops, that was me. Bob changed the info on our computer.

Posted by: Patti M. at February 12, 2009 6:56 PM

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