Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Mr. Blackwell, I mean Mr. Card, isn't happy

Former Bush minion Andy Card apparently is upset found that the president and members of his administration don't always dress like funeral directors while engaged in the heavy lifting of cleaning up one Bush disaster after another. He whined 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.

Yup, they destroyed the country, trashed the constitution and caused havoc around the world, but they looked good doing it!

I just happened to come across this old memo from Andy:

From: Andrew Card, Chief of Staff
To: White House Staff

It has come to my attention that members of the staff have taken a rather lax approach to our dress code. Shall we go over a few basics again?

1) DO NOT wear white or invade countries without cause after Labor Day.

2) Solid colors with renditioning is SO last year.

3) Earth tones with wiretapping, people, earth tones! Pastels and terrorist surveillance? I don't think so!

4) PLEASE make sure than any detainees wearing black hoods have matching shoes and bags.

5) If you're going to out a CIA agent, be REALLY out. Bold, bold, bold, people, bold!

6) Remember, enhanced interrogation is the new torture!

And finally, for all departing staff, remember that you should always dress for the job you want, so let's all DRESS LIKE LOBBYISTS!




Anonymous said...

It's seldom in life that we have the opportunity/misfortune to see someone screw things up as badly as the Bushies did.

When they do, it undermines all their pretensions--pretensions, say, to being brave, knowledgeable, smart, tough, on the right side of history, etc.

Their pronouncements on sartorial matters seem rather questionable to me too at this point.


But remember that for the next 10 years or so the American Enterprise Institute, etc., will be busily rehabiliting Bush the historical figure, as Bush the buffoon sits ensconced in his Prez. Library, paid for by the same class of people whose interests he always, always pursued.

Ten years from now he may be an elder statesman.

Carlos said...

Hahaha ... I would add a few more, Peter:

7) When hosting dictators, torturers, and assorted monster firendlies, flak jackets and dark glasses (aviators OK too) are de riguer. Military fatigues are OUT.

8) When hosting Joe the Plumber for policy seminars, black imitation leather jackets, jeans, and wingtips are OK.

9) Just remember: NO U.S. flag lapels when wiretapping, renditioning, and doing interrogations!

10) Music choices: God Bless America, God Bless the U.S.A., The South's Gonna Do It, Born in The U.S.A. (the Boss's objection noted.)