The President’s Priorities


The President of the United States, the most powerful nation in the world and a man so intellectually vapid that he has to have one-sentence summaries of newspaper stories about Iraq or his corrupt Atty General fed to him, predigested – like a mama-bird vomiting into a chick’s open beak – by underlings because he can’t be bothered to read them himself, does, apparently, read newspapers after all.

The fashion news.

He was so ticked off when Austin American-Statesman fashion reporter Marques Harper hinted that his wardrobe on vacation showed him to be a dude that he had Press Secretary Dana Perino call her to tell her how unhappy he was with her description.

Harper wrote: “The president has two distinct looks when he’s in Texas: the ranch-hand man and the crisp appearance of a ranch owner. In recent months, with his sliding popularity, he’s opted to look more like ‘Walker, Texas Ranger’ than a sweaty, tough ranch hand.” In the piece, an image consultant offered that Bush needed to “step it up” to keep his “bravado image” on the ranch.

“It was a piece that looked at his ranch wear at Crawford over the years,” Harper told us yesterday. “It was a fun piece. Here in Austin, I got e-mails saying, ‘That was the dumbest story I ever read.’ ”

No laughing matter for the president, who apparently was offended that anyone would think he just dresses like a real rancher. After clearing all that brush? Never!

You can’t get the Emperor to care about sick kids who don’t have health insurance because, after all, they can always overload the hospital system by going to the emergency room, but when it comes to his image he can get his knickers in a real knot when a fashion reporter thoughtlessly takes note that his phony rancher act is, well, a phony rancher act.

Beyond embarrassing.

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