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Which is Better, the Image of Respect or Actual Respect?

So here we are, just over two weeks into the Obama Administration, and we now have two, count ’em, two, stories that have appeared in the NY Times on how upset The Villagers are about the pictures of Obama in his shirt sleeves in the Oval Office.

First was this from Sheryl Stolberg

WASHINGTON — The capital flew into a bit of a tizzy when, on his first full day in the White House, President Obama was photographed in the Oval Office without his suit jacket. There was, however, a logical explanation: Mr. Obama, who hates the cold, had cranked up the thermostat.

Now, we have Andy Card, Bush’s first Chief of Staff quoted through Inside Edition and The Times’ The Caucus Blog:

In an interview scheduled to run Wednesday night, Andrew H. Card Jr. told the syndicated news show Inside Edition that “there should be a dress code of respect” in the White House and that he wished Mr. Obama “would wear a suit coat and tie.”

Ya know? I’ve spent my life dealing with these type of phony "image" situations. For myself, if I have a choice of an administration where everyone wears suits and ties and are all buttoned up while they destroy the country and the Constitution (but they look professional while doing so!) or an administration that takes off their coats and gets to work and actually does something to benefit most of the country, I will choose the latter hands down every time.

Obama can be said to have taken off his coat to go to work to clean up the pile of crap that the supposedly professionals from the Bush Administration left him. Maybe we’d be better off, if there were a few more pictures of Obama, with his tie down and his sleeves rolled up. It would be a contrast for sure to the photo op world of the last eight years. With any luck, he might even be able to claim, legitimately, "Mission Accomplished" at the end of his term.

And mean it.

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