2005/01/29

Cheney's Symbolic Gesture



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? Washington Post

15 Comments:

It's a wonder he didn't wear his cowboy hat. 

Posted by WhyNot
1/29/2005 04:53:00 pm  
That's ole Bushy phillipe, not Mr.Cheney ;-) 

Posted by angiekruger
1/29/2005 05:56:00 pm  
Awww... I though they ALL wore cowboy hats and gun belts at the White House. Duh, it must have been a western I was watching, and could have sworn Bush and Cheney were in it :-) 

Posted by WhyNot
1/29/2005 06:29:00 pm  
I think his symbolic gesture of cussing at a senator reflects the true Cheney better.

Ahh... why do so many people, both liberal and conservative, make fun of politicians for the way they dress or talk? It's so silly... 

Posted by starchybean
1/29/2005 06:52:00 pm  
Instead of what Starchybean says, in suchs ceromonies like the Auschwitz commemoration it's your obligation to dress like all the others. .. Cheney didn't know the dress code? Sure his outfit makes him look silly.. probably he talks silly too!  

Posted by jan
1/29/2005 07:38:00 pm  
“ in suchs ceromonies like the Auschwitz commemoration it's your obligation to dress like all the others.”.

Jan, I entirely agree with you.

It's not a matter of how one choses to dress in every day life, including how politicians chose to dress in their normal public functions. It's a matter of paying respect for a ceremony where the tradition calls for some ethics.

I would find it objectionable and disrespectful if someone attended a funeral dressed in a bikini (unless one was so poor as not having any clothes other than a bikini in their possession - hardly the case of Cheney), and I'd expect most ppl would feel the same.

I find it equally disrespectful for Cheney to dress like he was about to operate a snow blower. It's a disgraceful show of ignorance and couldn't really care less about the ceremony I'm attending to. 

Posted by WhyNot
1/29/2005 08:06:00 pm  
I think his symbolic gesture of cussing at a senator reflects the true Cheney better..

And I think the two together are relevant. It's about respect. I'm quite sure all of those participating in this event would have much preferred to be bundled up in the clothes they might wear hunting or skiing.

Ahh... why do so many people, both liberal and conservative, make fun of politicians for the way they dress or talk? It's so silly....

I'm sure Cheney will agree with you and in fact, will probably say as much to the press.  

Posted by Dianne
1/29/2005 08:27:00 pm  
A gentlemen's hat?

In the good old U-S-of-A that would be a John Deere baseball cap!

You are reading more into what he was wearing than he deserves. The fact that he was a principal architect of the Guantanamo and Afghan concentration camps and the legality of torture in the post 9/11 era, yet was giving lip service to the excesses of a previous era, wasn't mentioned... 

Posted by Buckwheat
1/29/2005 08:59:00 pm  
I find it totally disrepectful of him. Look at his body language. He looks like he's saying "I didn't want to be here, but they made me"

On the other hand, he probably needed to be bundled up, old fart that he is....... 

Posted by Elizabeth
1/29/2005 10:09:00 pm  
“On the other hand, he probably needed to be bundled up, old fart that he is....”.

LOL, if only the cold could have frozen his balls off. 

Posted by WhyNot
1/29/2005 10:49:00 pm  
Thank you Buckwheat. That should have been the focus to begin with. 

Posted by Sarah
1/30/2005 04:47:00 am  
You are reading more into what he was wearing than he deserves..

Maybe Buckwheat..but, don't you find people are more likely today to pay attention to this kind of trivia than they do criminal acts?  

Posted by Dianne
1/30/2005 08:26:00 am  
That should have been the focus to begin with..

Of course, Sarah but I'm not ashamed to use whatever ammo I get my hands on. ;)
 

Posted by Dianne
1/30/2005 08:29:00 am  
Interesting Philiipe, I wasn't aware that he actually had balls, I thought he offered them up as a sacrifice at the alter of Bush 4 years ago... 

Posted by angiekruger
1/30/2005 02:25:00 pm  
“I thought he offered them up as a sacrifice at the alter”.

Egad... what a nightmarish vision you conjure up here, Angie, .... they must have used micro-surgery 

Posted by WhyNot
1/30/2005 03:09:00 pm  

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