Andy Card, George W. Bush's ex-Chief of Staff, criticized President Obama this week for working without a suit jacket and tie in the Oval Office, saying it disrespected the office.
CARD: "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."
Since he uttered this stupidity-- (BTW, Andy, it's not the clothes that confer respect to the occupant of the Oval Office, it's how diligently the president works for the American people that should earn respect)--bloggers have been busy turning up photos of Bush, et. al, working, GASP! without a jacket on in the GASP! Oval Office.
"It turns out that going casual in the Oval Office is a long, time-honored tradition that pre-dates the Bush administration: JFK did it. Gerald Ford did it. Ronald Reagan did it. Jimmy Carter did it. Clinton did it (a lot)."--H/P
Card shouldn't have trotted out a meaningless criticism without checking to see how his former boss, as well as other Republican and Democratice presidents, dressed for success in the Oval Office.
What's the matter with Andy? Is he really that dumb?