There should be a dress code of respect. I wish that he would wear a suit coat and tie. 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. I don't criticize Obama for his appearance, I do expect him to send the message that people who are going to be in the Oval Office should treat the office with the respect that it has earned over history.Andrew Card, Former Chief of Staff for George Bush 43
Andy Card, I know you ain't talkin' greasy?! Not you?!
But indeed he is. Andrew Card recently had a Mr. Blackwell moment when he suddenly turned into a fashion critic, choosing to criticize President Barack Obama for the new casual dress code that has now been instituted in the White House. As the quote indicates, Card strongly suggests that President Obama is disrespecting the office of the Presidency with the more relaxed sartorial stipulations that he has recently put in place.
First of all, Andy Gump, have you been asleep for the last month? Barack Obama is the President of the Unites States and you're not. With that office comes the authority to decide how people should move through the office. If he decides that a more casual dress code is appropriate, then it is a done deal. Your opinion is worthless. You are the one disrespecting the office by choosing to get all in the man's BI, when you yourself are in no position to offer any advice, suggestion, or critique. The inauguration for the new President was January 20, did you miss that? Your old boss is out of a gig now, so stay in your lane.
Secondly, Obama represents change in so many ways, one of which involves eliminating that old, stogy, uptight idea that everyone should be suited and booted at all times. Have you not heard of casual Fridays? There is no direct link between one's appearance and their ability to get the job done.
Trust me, I've been as clean as a cooked chitlin' since I was 15, and I, more than most, can certainly appreciate people being up to par in terms of the gear that they wear. But I'm also smart enough to know that everything ain't for everybody. Just because my dress code is impeccable doesn't mean that everyone else should be held up to such a high standard. I can respect people's right to do their own thing and as long as they do their work, it's all good.
Bush 43 had a dress code from the 1950s and yet it didn't stop him from being the President with the lowest approval ratings or from having shoes thrown at him. Your former boss' dress code didn't stop him from being considered the worst President ever. If you want to talk about dress code let's talk about that infamous flight suit your man wore on the deck of that aircraft carrier. Where did he think he was going, to a Halloween party?
Finally Mr. Gump, how could you fix your mouth to criticize Obama's dress code when you are known affectionately as "Cheeseburger Boy"? Yessir, according to Ron Suskind in The Price of Loyalty this is the same Andy Card who Bush 43 once sent for so that Card could fetch him some cheeseburgers. That's right, cheeseburgers! What is this, John Belusi's old "Billy Goat" routine from SNL, "cheeseburger, cheeseburger, cheeseburger...no Coke, Pepsi"? Or as Vincent Vega might say, a "royale with cheese". I didn't realize that the Chief of Staff had such daunting duties. Go get me a cheeseburger boy, and have 'em hold the mayo!
But this brings up another thought, is eating a cheeseburger in the White House respecting the office of the Presidency?