I see dead people, let me dress warm
Go Cowboys. I hope they score
Atrios pointed this out.
Dick Cheney, Dressing Down
Parka, Ski Cap at Odds With Solemnity of Auschwitz Ceremony
By Robin Givhan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, January 28, 2005; Page C01
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?
I wonder if one would normally dress like they were going to see a Wyoming Cowboys game to visit the largest cemetery on earth. More people died at Auschwitz than any other single spot on earth and Dick Cheney dressed like it was a pain in the ass to be there. The ex-Soviet soldiers, barely living on pensions, had more dignity and dressed better. So did the survivors. Only Cheney decided dressing like my 9 year old nephew was appropriate for the occasion.
Washington is a very insular place. And no place more insular than the White House.
Oh yeah, he was playing dress up as well. That is an AF-issue parka used for cold weather air crews. You see it on units stationed in Alaska. At least he didn't wear a bright orange Navy parka, the one they use for trips to the antartic.
It was so clear that Cheney could not give a shit about the occasion or what it meant, that his clothes reflected the boredom of a child trapped at the funeral of a distant relative.
We can't have the president cold at the largest grave on earth, can we?
posted by Steve @ 10:19:00 AM