From The Caucus at The New York Times:

At least one prominent former Bush official has the following message for President Obama: I don’t care if it’s warm enough to grow orchids in the Oval Office. Put your suit jacket on.

In an interview scheduled to run Wednesday night, Andrew H. Card Jr. told the syndicated news show Inside Edition that “there should be a dress code of respect” in the White House and that he wished Mr. Obama “would wear a suit coat and tie.”

Chimpy always wore a suit coat and tie in the Oval Office. However, there’s something that Andy Card won’t tell you…

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…And don’t ask me–I don’t know why Condi is smiling about Chimpy not wearing pants. You know me, I never gossip.

According to Inside Edition’s Web site, Mr. Card also said:

“The Oval Office symbolizes…the Constitution, the hopes and dreams, and I’m going to say democracy. And when you have a dress code in the Supreme Court and a dress code on the floor of the Senate, floor of the House, I think it’s appropriate to have an expectation that there will be a dress code that respects the office of the President.”

Of course, under Chimpy and Deadeye Dick, the Constitution didn’t symbolize anything. And I bet Scalia is naked under his robe.

From The New York Times (January 28):

WASHINGTON — The capital flew into a bit of a tizzy when, on his first full day in the White House, President Obama was photographed in the Oval Office without his suit jacket. There was, however, a logical explanation: Mr. Obama, who hates the cold, had cranked up the thermostat.

“He’s from Hawaii, O.K.?” said Mr. Obama’s senior adviser, David Axelrod, who occupies the small but strategically located office next door to his boss.


Thus did an ironclad rule of the George W. Bush administration — coat and tie in the Oval Office at all times — fall by the wayside, only the first of many signs that a more informal culture is growing up in the White House under new management.


Although his presidency is barely a week old, some of Mr. Obama’s work habits are already becoming clear. He shows up at the Oval Office shortly before 9 in the morning, roughly two hours later than his early-to-bed, early-to-rise predecessor.


He reads several papers, eats breakfast with his family and helps pack his daughters, Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, off to school before making the 30-second commute downstairs — a definite perk for a man trying to balance work and family life. He eats dinner with his family, then often returns to work; aides have seen him in the Oval Office as late as 10 p.m., reading briefing papers for the next day.


In the West Wing, Mr. Obama is a bit of a wanderer. When Mr. Bush wanted to see a member of his staff, the aide was summoned to the Oval Office. But Mr. Obama tends to roam the halls […]


Under Mr. Bush, punctuality was a virtue. Meetings started early — the former president once locked Secretary of State Colin L. Powell out of the Cabinet Room when Mr. Powell showed up a few minutes late — and ended on time. In the Obama White House, meetings start on time and often finish late.

He would have made Powell stand in the corner, but Chimpy got cranky trying to figure out where the corner was in the Oval Office.

If Mr. Obama’s clock is looser than Mr. Bush’s, so too are his sartorial standards. Over the weekend, Mr. Obama’s first in office, his aides did not quite know how to dress. Some showed up in the West Wing in jeans (another no-no under Mr. Bush), some in coats and ties.

So the president issued an informal edict for “business casual” on weekends — and set his own example. He showed up Saturday for a briefing with his chief economic adviser, Lawrence H. Summers, dressed in slacks and a gray sweater over a white buttoned-down shirt. Workers from the Bush White House are shocked.

“I’ll never forget going to work on a Saturday morning, getting called down to the Oval Office because there was something he was mad about,” said Dan Bartlett, who was counselor to Mr. Bush. “I had on khakis and a buttoned-down shirt, and I had to stand by the door and get chewed out for about 15 minutes. He wouldn’t even let me cross the threshold.”

Fifteen minutes of screaming over khakis, but I bet not a word to Deadeye Dick when he shot a guy in the face and kept it a secret.

Mr. Obama has also brought a more relaxed sensibility to his public appearances.


Like Mr. Bush and other presidents before him, Mr. Obama typically begins his work day with a top-secret intelligence briefing on security threats against the United States. Mr. Bush received the “president’s daily brief” Monday through Saturday; Mr. Obama gets the briefing on Sunday as well.

But sometimes Mr. Obama’s economic briefing, a new addition to the presidential schedule, comes first. Its attendees vary depending on the day, aides said.


If there is one thing Mr. Obama has not gotten around to changing, it is the Oval Office décor.

When Mr. Bush moved in, he exercised his presidential decorating prerogatives and asked his wife, Laura, to supervise the design of a new rug. Mr. Bush loved to regale visitors with the story of the rug, whose sunburst design, he liked to say, was intended to evoke a feeling of optimism.

Oh, yeah. That worked well.

The rug is still there, as are the presidential portraits Mr. Bush selected — one of Washington, one of Lincoln — and a collection of decorative green and white plates.

Seriously? Plates? Maybe Pickles wouldn’t allow Chimpy to display his shot glass collection, so he had to settle for dishes.

During a meeting last week with retired military officials, before he signed an executive order shutting down the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, Mr. Obama surveyed his new environs with a critical eye.

“He looked around,” said one of his guests, retired Rear Adm. John D. Hutson, “and said, ‘I’ve got to do something about these plates. I’m not really a plates kind of guy.’ ”


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16 responses to “*Garb*age

  1. jeb

    Yep, Hell in a Handbasket is not so bad as long as everyone respects the dress code and is punctual.

    It’s really amazing that our country survived eight years of this lunacy. I was personally relieved to see Obama at the desk with his jacket off. He apparently believes he’s actually there to work.

  2. jeb,
    what got me more than anything is that chimpy locked powell out of a meeting. unreal! is it a government or elementary school? have you seen the pic of chimpy in the oval office without a jacket? people from the chimpy administration are not only petty, but they’re liars.

  3. people from the chimpy administration are not only petty, but they’re liars.

    As if that’s news.

    I don’t know why Condi is smiling about Chimpy not wearing pants. You know me, I never gossip.

    No, you’re not Wonkette, who constantly drops hints that Condi prefers women over men. There are two problems with that rumor. First, the incident in which she called W “her husband,” which might explain why she’s smiling. The second is that Condi never wears sensible shoes.

  4. jeb

    Um, elementary school, right? I mean he’s well dressed and sitting there reading “My Pet Goat” and crapping himself while the world crumbles around him. Really, does any bizarre behavior from the former idiot-in-chief surprise anyone?

    I must say I’m already nostalgic for his sartorial splendor. I’d love to see him well dressed in an official setting again. A courtroom in the dock comes to mind.

  5. jlms qkw - jenn

    nonnie, i am so happy you can still make fun of w. and the rest of the gang too.

    card should stfu.

  6. neon vincent,
    😆 sensible shoes! if i was a gossip, i would say that i think both harriet miers and condi were in love with chimpy for whatever sick reasons they had.

  7. jeb,
    i just realized why chimpy would lock out powell and berate bartlett for 15 minutes for wearing khakis. it’s so simple that i can’t believe it took me this long. he’s a bully. he can’t match powell in brains or popularity, so he had to take him down a few notches by locking the secretary of state out of a meeting. it’s absolutely stunning that he would do that, and it’s all about his own ego. bartlett was just an underling and not deserving of any respect in chimpy’s eyes. i think he got that attitude from his mother.

  8. jenn,
    i’m glad, too! they are so much fun to make fun of! it’s a pity they aren’t smart enough to realize that when they speak, everyone other than their 20-something percent scoffs. they are trying to rescue their legacy, but they are really making it worse.

  9. I heard the Harriet Miers rumor, too. That one mostly came from the wingnuts. I suspect that was so she could be replaced with someone they trusted to be more conservative.

  10. neon vincent,
    i didn’t read the rumor. i base my opinion on the way she would look at him. she was moony-eyed whenever she was photographed near him.

  11. nightowl724

    Clever title and cover!

    Personally, I would like to see Bush wearing a different suit for the rest of his life – an orange prison jumpsuit… with a matching tie, of course!

  12. nightowl,
    black and white horizontal stripes would work as well (and i hope they make chimpy and deadeye dick look fat!).

  13. nightowl724

    Que? HAHAHAHA! I meant 😉

  14. card is such a scumbag — when i see him and his arrogant haughty boston accent on tv — it is time to turn on the cartoon network – more intelligence

    besides there are pics of bush without a jacket.

  15. dcAp,
    card is just another chimpy enabler trying to rewrite history. i hope he and the rest of them keep talking. it’s so easy to prove them wrong, and they wind up looking stupid. they would do themselves a favor by shutting up and just going away.