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Monday, May 12, 2008

Colour Me Blue

As a born writer, I have a natural eye for detail. It can actually be a little overwhelming, as details are often trivial in nature -- and therefore, exasperating to most people.

Take for example, the fact that I've noticed President George W. Bush has a go-to colour for important events.

If someone were to tell us its his talisman, I wouldn't at all be surprised. You know how superstitious baseball players and fans can be; I know I am (one day, I'll show you my 1997 World Series Florida Marlins t-shirt. I look like a hobo wearing it, it's so ripped).

But the guy has a thing for blue ties for the most important occasions of his Presidency. It's uncanny.

Here he is at his first inauguration, on 20 January, 2001.

Two years later, during the 2003 State of the Union, the now famous "Axis of Evil" speech, another strong coloured blue tie made its appearance.

For his other inauguration, on 20 January, 2005, a slightly paler blue tie with black speckles was on show.

And though this is the best photo I could take of the event, that very same tie graced his neck for his last State of the Union speech, just this year.

I just knew then, that when his daughter Jenna got married this weekend to Henry Hager, that we'd see a repeat of the pattern.

After all, something borrowed, something blue, right?

But I do believe the President finally succumbed and bought a spanking new satin silver tie for his little girl's wedding.

Good show. Doing his bit by infusing money into the sluggish economy.

Here's wishing the President's daughter, her new husband, and the President's new tie, well.


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  • He should have worn ties related to the current terrorism threat color! Maybe that's why that scheme didn't work out so well... that, and it was nutty!

    Your pics also show the aging effect we see in Presidents...especially the gray!

    By Blogger Ron, at Mon May 12, 01:18:00 pm GMT-4  

  • BTW, Vic, off topic here, but connected to an Althousian thread, the best Edward Luttwak book is not Coup d'etat, but his Grand Strategy of the Roman Empire. Interesting stuff.

    By Blogger Ron, at Mon May 12, 05:53:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Vic, I thought of what game show Bill Clinton could host: "I did not have sex with THAT woman!"

    Three hidden female contestants would answer questions from a panel, (Carvelle, George Will, (a spiritual heir to Bill Cullen!) Tom Friedman, etc.) and the panel would have to guess which one Bill did not have sex with! Special guests could include Bob McNamara, ("True or False: Bob you was pimpin' for JFK!") or Kissinger ("True or False: women were turned on when you told them you were the model for Dr. Strangelove")

    You can see where this leads...

    By Blogger Ron, at Mon May 12, 07:03:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Hey! Peggy Noonan has to be on the panel! She's the Dorothy Kilgallen of our age!

    By Blogger Ron, at Mon May 12, 07:33:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Vicks, who cares about Miserable Failure's tie colour? Why don't you better comment about Zeitgeist (the movie), if you dare watch it, of course. :)


    By Blogger El Kot, at Mon May 12, 09:32:00 pm GMT-4  

  • 1- LOL Ron, you're too funny about the ties.

    2- Thanks for that tip! You should see the stack of books I have for this summer. I'll add it to the pile. :)

    3- Err, I think Bob Barker might be the better candidate for the sexism one-liners. ;)

    4- Dorothy Killgalen! You know, sometimes I watch that show on the Game Channel on cable. I have always preferred Kitty Carlisle (Hart), largely because she looks like my maternal grandmother (it's uncanny), but I do love me some Dorothy K.


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue May 13, 12:32:00 am GMT-4  

  • Vicks, who cares about Miserable Failure's tie colour?

    ME! ;)

    Why don't you better comment about Zeitgeist (the movie), if you dare watch it, of course. :)

    Hehe, hey Elko, first of all. I am glad to see you here!

    I do have to say, secondly, that wild horses wouldn't make me blog about any conspiracy theory "documentaries" I've seen; not because I wouldn't deign to see them, but because I've seen them all.

    You name the title, I've seen it.

    Zeitgest, JFK Jr. Assassination, The Jesuits, Loose Change (in all its incardnations), etc. etc. etc.

    I know about the Bilderberg Conference (I actually had an uncle who went there -- he works for the World Bank -- and what a disappointment to find out nothing nefarious goes on there, except self-important people pontificating on "resolutions"), Bohemian Grove, Skull and Bones, all of these so-called secret societies controlling our destinies because it's easier for people to imagine a smoke-filled room full of sinister people calling the shots, rather than realising the truth is that the world is so complex, it beggars imagination.

    Why do I do this?

    Not because I like conspiracists, but rather because I am vastly amused by them.

    Do you know how absolutely without one ounce of education about history and philosophy one has to be, to believe in the rantings of Zeitgeist?

    You have to be pretty uneducated, indeed.

    Believing the fabrications of Gerald Massey's mind about Christianity should in any way count is a monumental lack of logic, and learning.

    The Federal Reserve, and 9/11 theories of ZG are generally dismissed by even the most happy Zeitgeist fans, because they are so absolutely ridiculous that even they dismiss it.

    But people who do not like organised religion, specifically Christianity, grasp at the religious part with a desperation that a drowning man does a raft.

    It speaks to them.

    What a sadness that is.

    In fact, I counsel everyone to read the background history of Zeitgeist here, written and researched by an atheist.

    But I rather suspect people who like Zeitgeist will not, because they desperately need to have their view of the world vindicated, validated, vaunted.

    Interestingly, I could supply some genuine and legitimate scholarship on the topic of debunking religion, or Christianity (indeed, even legitimate criticism of the Federal Reserve), but I don't think I will.

    One should never waste one's time with the lunatic fringe lest one becomes a part of it.

    I know that doesn't include you, Elko. If you're just interested in the topic, that's great.

    But I would fear for the consequences of your beliefs if you actually swallowed the squirrelly meanderings of Zeitgeist, whole.


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue May 13, 03:08:00 am GMT-4  

  • if you actually swallowed the squirrelly meanderings of Zeitgeist

    Heh, no worries. What I have swallowed (many times, at many sittings :) is a golden bough.

    OK, won't you comment on "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed", then? (If you saw it, of course.) I haven't, and I'm not likely to. Have I missed something? Anything?

    By Blogger El Kot, at Tue May 13, 05:16:00 am GMT-4  

  • Shamefully ;) I admit I haven't watched that, Elko -- I'll give it a look-see!

    BTW, today on Daily Kos, maybe the text-book conspiracist of all time.

    Since Hitler has the anti-semite category locked up.


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue May 13, 03:15:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Gore wore bleu to Bush's red [maybe he was thinking Red States], but Bush donned another lucky blue one here against Kerry.

    And I think the tie he wore at Jenna's wedding is blue-gray, but as his hair has gotten much grayer, it's affected how we see the blue of his tie.

    By Blogger Ruth Anne Adams, at Wed May 14, 02:01:00 am GMT-4  

  • Heh, I came here to do the same thing, Ruth Anne. I wasn't going to let it remain!

    Will be back to comment on Le Bleus soon. ;)


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed May 14, 04:01:00 pm GMT-4  

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