Thursday, January 22, 2009
The birth of cool
CNN tells us 'bout the first Bush-era rule President B. Hussein Obama rescinded:
It's the same Oval Office. The same desk. Even the same curtains. But President Obama has already made one major change: Go through eight years of White House photos, and you won't find one of former President Bush in the Oval Office without his jacket on.
It wasn't just a personal preference. In the Bush administration, it was a rule: Jackets in the Oval Office — and now, it seems, one of the first Bush-era regulations to get scrapped in the Obama White House.
If we're to believe a very big bunch - a very, very big bunch - of hipster doofi, B. Hussein Obama is the "coolest" SOB to ever take up semi-permanent residence in the White House.
If that's indeed true, we shouldn't be surprised when President Barry dons a tight T-shirt (favored by young club-hopping dudes), or a sports jersey (Chicago Bulls?), from time to time when he's doing "biz" in the Oval Office. Or, since he's such a hunk, maybe Obama will get photographed conducting Oval Office business in nothing but his boxer shorts. (Shit, I imagine Oprah'll orgasmically spin herself 3 miles into the ground if that ever happens.)
Remember those pictures of Richard Nixon in which his suit-clad ass was seen sitting in an easy chair, his sock feet resting on a stool? Nixon always had a legal pad full of notes resting in his lap in those pics, and sometimes you could see a highball glass of something sitting nearby. Say what you will about Nixon, he knew how to look cool - professionaly cool - in the Oval Office.
I'm not a big Nixon fan ... but our current president could stand to learn a few things about tradition, decorum, and pomp and circumstance from the 37th president.