Sunday, February 1, 2009

Bush Official Laments New Dress Code; Ignores Competence Gap

Leave it to the Bush team to put proper attire above more important issues. Andy Card, former chief of staff for George W. Bush, publicly complained this week about the Obama Administration's relaxed Oval Office dress code.

In Card's world, apparently, decorum trumps important matters such as policy, intellectual seriousness and even competence.

Here's Card's quote, delivered this week on (where else?) talk radio:
I found that Ronald Reagan and both President Bushes treated the Oval Office with tremendous respect. They treated the Office of the Presidency with tremendous respect. And some of that respect was reflected in how they expected people to behave, how they expected them to dress when they walked into the symbol of freedom for the world, the Oval Office.

And yes, I’m disappointed to see the casual, laissez faire, short sleeves, no shirt and tie, no jacket, kind of locker room experience that seems to be taking place in this White House and the Oval Office
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As John McEnroe always put it, "You cannot be serious." Alas, Card has so little of substance to say that he's reduced to criticizing Oval Office decorum.

Apparently, the Republican Party really is out of ideas.

3 comments:

Tulsan said...

Recall Rove's remark about Obama?

"Even if you never met him, you know this guy. He's the guy at the country club with the beautiful date, holding a martini and a cigarette that stands against the wall and makes snide comments about everyone who passes by."

He might well be leaning against the wall of the West Wing, saying of Card, "What a dumba$$."

Randall Weiss said...

It's really funny to see a Republican criticize something for being too laissez faire.

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