George W. Bush's former Chief of Staff, Andrew H. Card, Jr., has a request for President Obama:
"I wish that he would wear a suit coat and tie."
Just last week, the NYTimes reported on Obama's relaxed Oval Office dress code. The article retells a famous story about President #43, whose adherence to formal dress code in the Oval Office was renowned:
“I’ll never forget going to work on a Saturday morning, getting called down to the Oval Office because there was something [Bush] was mad about,” said Dan Bartlett, who was counselor to Mr. Bush. “I had on khakis and a buttoned-down shirt, and I had to stand by the door and get chewed out for about 15 minutes. He wouldn’t even let me cross the threshold.”
Is there some dress-code thing going around? Just this morning, the WSJ ran an article about the return of formality in hard times, particularly at law firms.
Let's get our priorities in order here.