Sunday, February 01, 2009

What a Card!

Think Progress » Card: Obama has brought a ‘locker room experience’ to the WH with his informal dress code.
Later that day, former Bush White House chief of staff Andrew Card told conservative talker Michael Medved that he felt the new dress code showed a lack of “respect” for the Office of the Presidency:

CARD: 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.
Heavens, yes. Not at all like the serious, deeply respectful abattoir environment your former boss created, not only in the White House and Oval Office but also in far-flung venues like Iraq and Afghanistan. And New Orleans, albeit a bit closer to home. All that death and destruction, yet no one in the Bush administration got so much as a single drop of blood on their Armani suits! Now that's showing respect for the office!

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