Look at the clothes. Ignore the words. Watch the clothes. “The apparel oft proclaims the man.”
The night of Obama’s first speech to Congress (September 9, 2009) we wrote this bit of wisdom:
“One of the first things to watch for will be Michelle Obama. Will the White House wranglers be able to get her to wear a sensible dress, or costume, most Americans with common sense would wear? Will Michelle Obama again show up in a gin-soaked cocktail dress or one of her silly “I wanna-be a fashion icon” messes? Will Michelle Obama show up in a sober outfit with sleeves that have not been yanked off?
If Michelle Obama shows up in a sober outfit, sleeves still in place, it means that the White House is focusing on bamboozlement of ordinary Americans not the Hopium addled. A sober outfit will demonstrate that the White House understands the level of trouble they are in – bad enough to force Michelle to wear something sensible that will not frighten the visually unimpaired.
A crazy quilt cocktail dress without sleeves will tell us the target audience is still the Hopium addled.
A sober outfit but without sleeves will clue us in that the Obama’s are still playing both sides of the fence.
Michelle Obama’s frock will clue us in as to what audience Barack Obama has been told to target.”
Think we are nuts about the importance of clothes? A recent Women’s Wear Daily article we cited spotlighted how right we are to watch what the pretentious, red-velvet rope, self-absorbed, narcissistic, clown and mrs. clown in chief wear:
“One Embassy Row hostess, who gave dozens of black-tie parties before the Obamas came to town, was horrified to be asked if an upcoming dinner was black tie.
“No, no, no,” she gasps. “It’s cocktail attire. This administration does not like black tie. You are more likely to get them if you do cocktail dress.”
We’ve mocked Michelle Obama many times for her inappropriate cocktail dresses – morning, noon, and night – at funerals, weddings, vacations and speeches (“Dignity? It’s like expecting Michelle Obama to wear something sensible, not cocktail dresses, at every opportunity.” Our purpose is not fashionista gawking (we prefer style to fashion anyway) though we do adhere to the Bard’s precepts in dress – “Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy, But not express’d in fancy; rich, not gaudy, For the apparel oft proclaims the man….”
Barack is even more of a disappointment than I could have guessed. And it is really telling to see how many people are playing dumb on Barack's continuation of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
There's no such thing as a little bit of discrimination.
That's what Barack's trying to sell America on.
I'm going to repeat, Barack is not Black. He's mixed. And he's got nothing to do with the Black experience. I can't imagine anyone of my people encouraging discrimination. At least I like to believe that. I like to believe that we have more heart and a remembered history of what it is like to struggle for our rights, to fight for equality."Washington must stop dragging feet on 'don't ask'" (San Francisco Chronicle):
Don't ask, don't tell, don't do anything. That's the latest interpretation of the country's unfair and harmful ban on gays in the military.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):