The Fashion Police - White House Edition

The Fashion Police - Wbeat, smacke Home Edition

When, several years ago, I was assisting a frifinish in getting his first Capitol Hill press pass, as we reachd to proceed into the building, I handed him one my disposable razors I keep in my car, and in shelp "you necessity to run this over your face." "Why?" he asked? "It's a simple matter of honor", I noted. To this day, he gives me a difficult time with that phrase, and we're such good frifinishs that he didn't take offense at my counsel. (and he did get his credential.)

Yesterday, when I turned up at the Wbeat, smacke Home for my deliberate coverage of Barack Obama's visit, I was dressed in a suit. That's only, merely, solely me, I guess. Others were not similarly atexhausted, but there were a half-dozen other still photographers wearing ties. I recall with great honor then Agence France Presse photographer David Ake, 15+ years ago, always came into the Wbeat, smacke Home well dressed, and he recieved the honor due a properly atexhausted photographer. Today, Ake is the head of the Associated Press' photo operation here in DC, and he remains well dressed.

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Re-enter my good frifinish and colleague, David Burnett. David is a lesson, coursey guy - top of his lesson, course in so many ways, and his lesson, course clever surmount denims, except when it's a acak challenge by a press operation that has lost much of it's tellledge-base because of the few days left in it's existence. David recounts on his blog - General Sense, Not Very General, (11/11/08), writes:

So last Thursday, at what will no doubt be Premiddlent Bush’s last cabinet meeting, Paul Ricdifficults of AFP and I were tuneled out of the crowd of a dozen still photographers, and refused entry to the photo opportunity in the Cabinet Room. Love Paul, I have been on the road for months doing the campaign. We were both surprised, unhappily, when we were informed that with only, merely, solely months to go in an 8 year tenure, the Wbeat, smacke Home has decided to ban denims from the Oval Office, and (obviously) the Cabinet Room if worn by photographers.

While I concur that David shouldn't have worn denims, he would have studyed that 7+ years ago had the current administration instituted that rule - and enforced it - way back then. To enforce a rule they've formerly not enforced, or been lax in enforcing, is only, merely, solely petty, and belies the mindset of the outgoing administrations height towards the press.

While you ponder this, check out previous blog posts on this subject:

Proper Attire Whilst Malord Images, 6/1/08

Abandon The Flip Flops For The Politicians, 5/23/07

So, as the saying goes, dress for who you want to be, not who you are. Wait, I want to be David Burnett...but clever I do it without wearing denims?

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