Cast your mind all the way back to September 2008, when our worldwide Depression was just beginning. Little did we know what perils befell us! And that is why it seemed perfectly okay for a major presidential campaign to run a completely frivolous and stupid ad calling the other candidate "disrespectful" for failing to be impressed with a certain proudly ignorant and comically underqualified vice presidential candidate.
Now that we are in the thick of this dreadful economic crisis and President Obama has his hands full figuring out how to prevent the entire nation from falling into a swamp of poverty and starvation in the next, oh, week or so, he again has been called disrespectful for committing the very grave sin of failing to wear a jacket in his office.
Former George W. BushChief of Staff Andrew Card says the Obama dress code is way too laid back. "There should be a dress code of respect," Card tells Inside Edition. "I wish that he would wear a suit coat and tie. [...] 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."
If Andy Card has seen photos of Barack Obama on vacation, he should just be thankful that the president wears any clothes at all in the Oval Office. Our president is no stranger to public shirtlessness, a state that many voters find completely unobjectionable and in fact quite appealing!
More generally speaking, there are many ways for a president to demonstrate reverence for the office. One is by wearing a suit all the time; another is by speaking to voters like they are reasonable adults and trying to enact legislation that doesn't trash the Constitution. Given that choice, President Obama is welcome to wear as little as he wants.
Sara K. Smith always wears a pressed white linen suit and bow tie as she pens her screeds for NBC and Wonkette.