Sartor Resartus

by Larry Tate on February 5, 2009


Former Chief of Staff from the Bush regime, Andrew Card, has recently voiced some strong criticism of the Obama White House.

Card thinks that the new Oval Office dress code is too laid back — an insult to all that it symbolizes:

“There should be a dress code of respect,” Card tells INSIDE EDITION. “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.

Card repeated these claims with conservative talk-show host, Michael Medved:

I found 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.


Ronald Reagan trained Osama bin Laden and the Muhjadeen who would later become Al-Qaeda; sold chemical weapons to Saddam Hussein; engaged in massive drug traffiking in Central America and illegal arms sales to Iran in order to support the Contra rebels who murdered tens of thousands of Nicaraguans in their effort to topple a democratically-elected government. But, he wore a tie.

George Bush launched an illegal war against Iraq using faked intelligence resulting in the deaths of thousands of servicemen and hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi men, women, and children; exposed a clandestine agent of the United States for political payback; arbitrarily detained hundreds of persons — including American citizens — without charges; violated domestic and international laws that prevent torture; performed promiscuous eavesdropping on virtually every American’s electronic communications without warrants; and obstructed justice. But, he wore a tie.

Andy Card, I hate what you just said.


I wonder what Andy Card would make of this symbolic gesture. Bad Barnie!


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philip February 6, 2009 at 4:05 PM

larry tate – you got my email! (or was it synchronicity?) I wanted to nominate for sjoya (assuming cheney’s ineligible), but the site didn’t allow to comment.


Sullivan March 3, 2009 at 2:48 PM

Well-put. Nice gathering of stomach-punch links detailing illustrious careers of Reagan and W, too. Andrew Card is a cad.


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