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Prez Obama's Evening Wear

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Despite whom I might have wanted in the election I was, naturally, quite interested in the Inaugural festivities and what everyone was wearing. I caught those few moments of the Neighborhood Ball on tv and, gracious as the Obamas were in their dancing, I couldn't help but being disappointed in the Prez' dignified but incorrect attire in two instances: he was wearing formal evening wear at a super grand series of events, yet his tuxedo sported notch lapels. In addition, Obama wore a large, clunky watch (that well publicized one he was given from the Secret Service?) with the formalwear. Am I the only one who noticed these two indiscretions? For this grandest of occasions, yours truly believes the man was ill advised in these two choices. Does anyone else think so as well? Reminded me of when Prince Philip wore a notch lapel dinner suit at the formal evening event connected with the couple's 60th wedding anniversary in 2007. Has the world gone to blazes?
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I find someone else has noticed this faux pas and noted it on Huffington Post:

I don't really have any problem with this policy change. While jackets help maintain a certain level of formality, its Obama's office and ultimately his choice. What shows poor taste, however, is Obama's tuxedo choice at the inauguration ball. Notch lapel tux and white tie? Major faux pas! Sure, most of this country probably doesn't know the difference, but i guarantee many heads of state do.
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Okay. I just found mafoofan had already started a thread related to Obama's tuxedo, and it accumulated many a response within a few days. I didn't realize there were flap pockets, too, but I really never got a good photo of the event (so far)
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. As for the white bowtie, I guess the idea is it's actually too formal for the rest of the outfit, though it seems to me the whole event would have called for the ultmost in formality in all respects. That would have been a bit "too much" for our new Prez' followers and enemies as well.l
 

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