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Meeting President Bush

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Bradford, Mar 19, 2005.

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  1. Bradford

    Bradford Senior member

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    My wife and I have been invited to be onstage with President Bush when he comes to Tucson on Monday to talk about Social Security. We'll be among those people that you always see behind him when he gives a speech and may get to take a picture with him.

    I'm thinking blue suit, blue shirt, pink tie and my AE tan shoes - or is that too farmer? Should I stick with the traditional red tie and dark shoes or do something really different for political events like wearing a grey suit?

    Just curious,

    Bradford

    P.S. And yes, I'm bragging a little here - this is a pretty big deal.
     
  2. STYLESTUDENT

    STYLESTUDENT Senior member

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    Bradford,

    Would you not be more comfortable in the dark suit, red tie and black shoes that will be worn by most others in the group including the President?
     
  3. jerseyguy

    jerseyguy Well-Known Member

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    What, no hammer and sickle "1922-1991" baseball cap? [​IMG]
     
  4. JAGMAJ

    JAGMAJ Member

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    Standing behind the President while he's discussing his social security plan? You might want to wear a bullet-proof vest.
     
  5. Alexander Kabbaz

    Alexander Kabbaz Senior member

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    Damn right it is an honor. Were I you, I should remain in the darker colors of the day - navys probably. Dark shoes. Of course a red tie and a flag lapel pin.
    And, as a parent of 4 children who haven't got a chance in hell of collecting Social Security unless it gets fixed, you go guy. Every year we wait to fix it is going to add $600,000,000,000 to the cost of so doing. Kevlar vest my arse.
     
  6. Hoya Saxa

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    My two cents on this one, coming from one who works in the nation's capital --

    1.  Wear whatever looks best on you.  You will still be better dressed most everyone else in the room.  I say this because I've got a wall full of photos with "famous for Washington" people that fall into two categories -- clothes I was wearing because I thought I was "supposed to", and clothes that actually look good.  Wear what looks best on you.  The moment spent with the President is fleeting -- but the photo will live on long after the Bush Administration.  Trust me on that one.

    2.  Grey suits are not uncommon at political events.  I'd say the room at a typical political event is a 60/40 split between blue and grey.  Brown, green, etc. are, as you might expect, outliers in this situation.

    3.  Tell W. to quite screwing around and to hold Congress' feet to the fire not only on Social Security, but on Medicare.  Both programs are teetering on the brink of insolvency, and failure to act will only make things worse.

    Cheers,

    Hoya
     
  7. misterbowles

    misterbowles Senior member

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    This is dangerous ground, boys...
     
  8. PeterMetro

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    But the room at a typical Bush event is 100% red. Bradford is clearly a Bush supporter, or he'd never be invited. The man simply doesn't entertain dissent.
     
  9. faustian bargain

    faustian bargain Senior member

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    you should totally flash the styleforum gang sign when you're up there.

    J, tell him what the gang sign is.

    /andrew
     
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    What to wear when meeting Bush? Why, a silly grin of course.

    Jon.
     
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    and rented tails....
     
  12. Jill

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    ooohh boy, here we go again...
     
  13. LabelKing

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    (imageWIS @ Mar. 19 2005,21:54) What to wear when meeting Bush? Why, a silly grin of course. Jon.
    and rented tails....
    With cowboy boots.
     
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    hey B,

    what ever party a person believes in, this is a very nice honor. enjoy it and congradulations.
     
  15. justlurkingthanks

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    Mr. Kabbaz, even by W's own admission, privatizing Social Security will not save the system. And to make it work and foolproof it would have to have so many restrictions, it would hardly qualify as your own account to do with it what you want. The only retirement this program would secure would be the fund managers'.

    Dark blue suit with squirting flower.
     
  16. Bradford

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    Thanks everyone - you guys are the best.. How 'bout tan linen suit with flip flops, short sleeve horizontally striped dress shirt, squirting flower and kevlar vest [​IMG] Watch Fox News - I'll throw out the SF gang signs. Bradford
     
  17. Alexander Kabbaz

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    You have completely misquoted. The President did not "admit" that privatization wouldn't save Social Security. He "stated" that offering younger people the voluntary option of putting a portion of their SS contributions into investment accounts they will own and can bequeath should they desire is a good thing which will provide them with a larger retirement 'nest egg'. Though one small component of the steps needed to correct the now failing pyramid scheme, allowing investment accounts will not and was not offered as the manner in which to fix Social Security.
     
  18. zjpj83

    zjpj83 Senior member

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    Dark suit.

    You will have fun, he is very charming.
     
  19. Lord Foppington

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    If you stand behind him and yawn and make bored faces on camera, you may be able to get the White House to deny your existence, and then get to appear on Letterman, like that kid last year.

    Do mention to him he'd have a better chance of getting support, including from people in his own party, if he'd just say how he expects us all to pay for the new scheme.

    And then give him a big wet sloppy kiss.
     
  20. oldskool

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    Protocol would suggest you do NOT attempt to dress better than the President. Dark suit, crisp white shirt, red tie and a flag lapel pin.
     
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