Clothes Don’t Make the Man

I’m tired of seeing all the comments on social media outlets about how Obama dresses. Lately it’s as if some private mass message went out to right-leaning followers to make comments about him not wearing suits, ties and to stop rolling up his sleeves.

People, does it really matter? I have to say if he were out among the people and wearing a suit, I’m sure the messages would all be about how he cannot relate to the people, and how rude it is that he’s showing up wearing $4000 custom-made suits when so many are finding it hard to even pay for food. So it’s just a bunch of bogus crap.

But I’ll play, why not.

If Obama were to show up wearing a suit, would you say something nice about him? About how he dresses appropriately for the office of the most powerful man in the world? Would you say he deserves respect because of his position and the way he dresses? Are we that shallow?

Of course we are. But then lets look at the rest, Perry showed up at a “garden party speech opp” wearing a jacket, but apparently left his brain at home when he suggested Texas would do ugly things to the treasury. Palin, a grandmother who promotes family values, showed up at an Iowa festival having changed out of her traveling attire of a suit, into tight jeans and a white t-shirt that was clearly at least one size too small … for her grandchild, with the “are they real or are they fake” stance, apparently showing off how her grandmotherly “girls” were interested in trying the fried butter. Now THERE’S a good example to set for our country. The opposite of all the complaining I previously heard about how utterly inappropriate it was that the First Lady suggested we feed our children healthy diets. Clearly deep-fried butter on a stick is representative of “free choice” and “free will”.

The little witch from Delaware, who’s supposedly not a politician but conveniently has a political book releasing and is therefore making the rounds on the talk shows to promote it (to get to a good income level where she, too, can be considered a “job creator” and get a tax break on an individual level), wears a suit. A black one, too, which offsets her long dark hair nicely. The broom was conveniently off camera the last time I saw her, but I’d be willing to bet that it looked fabulous and matched her outfit perfectly, as she confused the entire concept of what a promo book appearance is all about and refused to discuss some of the content of her book, and then suggested someone was being “creepy” and “sexist” when asking her about some of the very things she put out in her book.

Oh, and I saw the recent magazine cover of Bachmann. She had on a very nice, acceptable, appropriate suit for her position of “running for the Presidency of the United States,” a statement she has clearly rehearsed as much as the Hail Mary catechism. While bringing it (the suit), she seemed to have forgotten to bring the “tone down the crazy” eye make up and still looked possessed. But she looked really pretty when she sang Happy Birthday Elvis while in Tennessee on the anniversary of his death, not his birth, to his fans. She wore white, which is the appropriate color of mourning, in Muslim countries. (Bachmann was also wearing a suit when she was photographed eating a corn dog on a stick. Anyone who ever went to Junior High knows to be wary of how one eats those when others are watching!)

All these remind me of how much I didn’t care when Hillary wore a butterfly hair clip to a UN function, or when W was shown wearing his hot little spandex bike shorts, or his ever present rolled up denim sleeves and precious little cowboy boots. (Sorry, I know, Texans get a pass, right?)

Palin’s “hoochie-momma hoe down” look, Bachmann’s “I’m not crazy, I’m wearing a suit” appearances, Perry’s “I’m a relaxed simple dude who’s not afraid to get someone to go to the mats for me on something I don’t really know how to respond to” look, clearly show that appearances are important to the country. Hey, Rick Santorum always seems to look appropriate for the part. He wears a suit when appropriate, rolled up sleeves when the moment requires it, and makes the right pauses to allow the little people who listen to him catch up when he uses words more than 2 syllables. Too bad he forgot to get a wardrobe that allowed room for humanity and decency in it. Biden also dresses appropriately all the time. (Did you gasp when you read that? Yeah, he amuses and scares a lot of us!)

So I don’t care if Obama wears shorts, suits, or hula skirts. Clothes don’t make a man, a woman, or a witch. But, since all any of them have given us to really be able to critique without wanting to take pills, I say we ask them to dress up in bathing suits, evening attire and leisure wear, and then rate them, since there isn’t enough talent among any of them to win a crown.


About Laurissa Doonan

I'm a marketer. I've been a professional marketer for over 25 years, but in reality, I have always been one. Marketing to me is about communicating effectively, regardless of platform, regardless of channel. Marketing is understanding both your objectives and your audience, and finding the right method and message for your customers to reach them where they are. Now I dedicate my efforts to helping very small and small companies pursue their passions and grow their businesses through marketing; providing agency trained expertise without the overhead.
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