Friday, January 28, 2005


Cheney at Auschwitz

From the Washington Post:
At yesterday's gathering of world leaders in southern Poland to mark the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the United States was represented by Vice President Cheney. The ceremony at the Nazi death camp was outdoors, so those in attendance, such as French President Jacques Chirac and Russian President Vladimir Putin, were wearing dark, formal overcoats and dress shoes or boots. Because it was cold and snowing, they were also wearing gentlemen's hats. In short, they were dressed for the inclement weather as well as the sobriety and dignity of the event.

The vice president, however, was dressed in the kind of attire one typically wears to operate a snow blower.

Cheney stood out in a sea of black-coated world leaders because he was wearing an olive drab parka with a fur-trimmed hood. It is embroidered with his name. It reminded one of the way in which children's clothes are inscribed with their names before they are sent away to camp. And indeed, the vice president looked like an awkward boy amid the well-dressed adults.

Like other attendees, the vice president was wearing a hat. But it was not a fedora or a Stetson or a fur hat or any kind of hat that one might wear to a memorial service as the representative of one's country. Instead, it was a knit ski cap, embroidered with the words "Staff 2001." It was the kind of hat a conventioneer might find in a goodie bag.

It is also worth mentioning that Cheney was wearing hiking boots -- thick, brown, lace-up ones. Did he think he was going to have to hike the 44 miles from Krakow -- where he had made remarks earlier in the day -- to Auschwitz?

His wife, Lynne, was seated next to him. Her coat has a hood, too, and it is essentially a parka. But it is black and did not appear to be functioning as either a name tag or a billboard. One wonders if at some point the vice president turned to his wife, took in her attire and asked himself why they seemed to be dressed for two entirely different events.

Some might argue that Cheney was the only attendee with the smarts to dress for the cold and snowy weather. But sometimes, out of respect for the occasion, one must endure a little discomfort.

Just last week, in a frigid, snow-dusted Washington, Cheney sat outside through the entire inauguration without so much as a hat and without suffering frostbite. And clearly, Cheney owns a proper overcoat. The world saw it during his swearing-in as vice president. Cheney treated that ceremony with the dignity it deserved -- not simply through his demeanor, but also through his attire. Would he have dared to take the oath of office with a ski cap on? People would have justifiably considered that an insult to the office, the day, the country.

I think my lung just collapsed from laughing so hard.

Seriously though.. and I know this goes without saying, but that is completely fucking disgraceful.
I don't get the fuss. If you had to go out to get a furnace filter at Walmart's, return the old car battery to Pep Boys, get gas, attend a formal holocaust remembrance, get a 50-pound bag of dog food at Southern States, and get the Viagra prescription refilled at CVS, what the hell would YOU wear?!

\\Uncle Pitzer
I understand the sentiment, but this is hardly Cheney's worst offense since he's been in offense. Who cares what Cheney wore or that he has bad fashion sense? This represents what's bad with politics, instead of focusing on things that truly should be worked on, we tend to pick on personal matters that make no difference on our lives.
It there is anything about it that's wrong, it represents what's wrong with the press, not what's wrong with politics.
\\Uncle Pitzer
Actually, I think that picture is a visual metephor for everything that is wrong with this country and the current administration.

ie: "We don't give a fuck what the international community thinks about us. We'll invade who we want, we'll bomb what we want, and we'll wear gigantic ugly parkas where we want and the rest of you guys can stuff it!"
That could be it, James, but sometimes I think the mindset is more one of oblivous omnipotence. We're so great that there's no need to even be aware of the conventions of the less great, let alone recognize and conform to them. Besides, you know, the Rapture mighta happened while Dick and Lynnie were sittin' there, and you go up to that naked, anyways.

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