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May 3, 2012

Romney Watch: Ann’s Coffee With the Nation in Her $1000 T-Shirt

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When Mrs. Obama rocks the Gap dress or the J.Crew pants, she’s obviously not just a.) wearing what she’s comfortable in or b.) trying to show us she’s on the same page as the average American woman. She’s also completely tapped into our cultural vibe of what’s appropriate right now.

–from: Michelle Obama’s Gap Dress Is More Than a Fashion Statement (The Stir)

Certainly, a lot was made four years ago about Michelle Obama as the first dresser, and her astute sense of how to present herself in times of economic distress. That doesn’t mean that she hasn’t been opulent, too. It does mean, however, that she and the President have been sensitive, and smart, about symbolism and setting a tone.

Conversely, given the impression Mitt is just a little out of touch with the 99%, the Romney campaign has had a marvelous opportunity over the past few weeks to help refashion itself, creating more dimensionality and humanity around Ann Romney, wife and mother. The opportunity has been that much more opportune given the chance to also ground Mitt’s aside in Detroit about how many Cadillacs Ann happens to own.

All these factors made this scene from CBS‘s This Morning, otherwise petty, more than just chicken feed.

Stated bluntly: if you use your wife to humanize you and to help relate to the average American, you might want to remind her before sitting down for coffee with the nation NOT to wear her $990 Madison Avenue, Reed Krakoff-designed t-shirt, one so colorfully missing from the closets of 99% of your countrymen (or women). Since this is a tenet of Campaigning 101, it takes very little movement to conclude that the Romneys, like birds of a feather, just don’t get it.

Update: I have to say, the video is also interesting to see “Ann’s filibuster” sorta proving Mitt is that stiff.

(via Styleite)

  • Lana

    What is that on the shirt?  A parakeet?

  • Asta

    That tee shirt cost $990.???  

    • marjorie cunningham

       It does and it’s looking at you as if to say “you can’t afford me.” It looks like an arrogant dove to me.  Fitting.

  • Guest

    I thought it was a fish.

  • http://www.bagnewsnotes.com Michael Shaw

    I was sure it was a fish, too. Even had several “fishy” lines in the post I had to remove after diving deeper. 

    (Asta, nice to see you back, btw!)  

    • Asta

      I’ve been practicing The Art of Responsible Comments and Posts.  :D

    • Jill in FL

      I thought it was a fish too.  Sure is ugly!

  • PaminBB

    My first thought after what the heck is she wearing – why would she wear something so distracting on television?

    • http://www.lebanon-dems.org SgtCedar

       That’s the idea. She is distracting the public from the plastic man next to her.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/U46QC2ZS5PNYIWDYZPSN5WY3GY Michael

    A hedious $990 purchase.  The Romneys and their advisors are clueless or there are saboteurs in the campaign. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TK6BLIZ5GECAAXLJCR2VNW7BNQ Mau-ee

    It is one pricey ugly t-shirt!  I like  birds-but I would rather have a pix so I can look  at them-then on a shirt that someone can see!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HOJ45RHHJAL4KYSLJSEHMBBPJA Alex Milstein

    Come on! A thousand bucks to the Romneys is like ten bucks for the rest of us.  It’s what they find in their pockets at the end of the day, or what falls between the couch cushions.

    • Treading_Water

      Considering that Rmoney’s wealth puts him in the .01 percent, that $1000 is really more like a dime.  Most days, I won’t even stoop to pick up a dime.

  • tpartynitwit

    She’s wearing the cover art for Captain Beefheart’s “Trout Mask Replica.” Rumor has it her tribute shirt for The Velvet Underground is up next, but the campaign has nixed the idea of wheeling out the “Sticky Fingers” shirt.

    • Put on your glasses

      And yet somehow it looks nothing like the cover for Trout Mask Replica.

  • http://www.lebanon-dems.org SgtCedar

    When your wife has to keep telling people what a great sense of humor you have and how you are not stiff as a board you know you are in trouble. Mary Lincoln did not have to tell people what a great story teller Ab was. He told stories all the time. Even though the high brows of his day thought Lincoln was a rube the people know better and they loved him. Mitt you are no man of the people.

  • DennisQ

    All right, the top half is a bird.  What is the bottom half — also a bird?  It’s a horrible outfit, especially if she’s trying to sell herself as ordinary volken.  Wat were they thinking?  If you want to get people leaning Republican, dress on the plain side of fashionable.  Reliable, trustworthy, unspectactular.  Especially if you’re rich..

  • Guest

    Why don’t you analyze how much the Romney and Obama’s suits cost?

    • Guest

      *Romney

    • Glum

      The suits dont’ burn an image into the retina like that shirt does.
      She wins the eyeball contest.

  • http://twitter.com/rudboy95 rudboy95

    do you guys think america would put a mexican in the white house.

    • Ss2330

      I must say, I’m surprised at the tone of the comments. People are not going for the jugular and slowly picking at them like birds…when the subject is african americans.
      But its clear, who will be back in the White House…Obama. The employment rate has dropped, the health care act takes care if women. It has never been required that women get yearly pap or mammogram covered, under this it is.
      Going to any emergency room is like going to a county hospital…why?…because the latinos bring their whole family, 10 kids too, taking all the seats, crying, sreaming, taking loud on their phones…and who stuck paying the bill. Tax paying citizens. Your copay is 100-200, just for a visit,.and they get free health care. Don’t you think if Romneys president, the illegal mexicans will be doing what ever they want….Think about it people!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1471230052 Jamal Vance

    Its her money, she can wear what she wants.

    • DennisQ

      I agree!  And apparently she does too.  If you paint eyes on a penis, would it still look like a penis?  Add a beak and it looks like a pecker.

    • Marie

      When you have “more money than taste,” yup. 

  • Avmakeupart

    She can wear what ever she likes. Since when do people have to change the way they are to make other people feel comfortable .

    • donteffwitme

      Since forever! Remember image is everything, just look at the folks in the media im sure they dont act, talk, dress that way in real life..its an image!

  • Cherry25

    Please do not tell anyone that shirt cost a $1000.

  • truthtalk5

    Romney sucks…

    • Nancywalton

       t       Yes and he’s a big time phony creep.

  • Sarah

    I’m offended that anyone would pay $1000 for such a fugly shirt.

  • Khmcf1

    Exactly not too sure anyone outsid of kanye west or big sean would pay 1000 for a tshirt ie Christopher Kane kakashi etc makes no since How does this appeal and show normalcy ?

  • http://twitter.com/chitowngorilla State 2 The Lake

    that ugly ass shirt cost $990. Damn they saw her coming.

  • Kel

    Yes, you can wear what you want, however when you are running for President I think it’s important to show all of your potential voters how you have their vested interest in mind at all times even when you get dressed. Meaning when you wear that costly shirt are you really acknowledging that most of your potential voters can’t even afford the gas to go even LOOK at the shirt

  • Momly

    One of the most salient points I’m discovering about Ann Romney is that her taste is in her mouth and she is entirely clueless. “Unzip Mitt and see he isn’t stiff!” she proclaims to the world and doesn’t understand why everyone snickered. Now, we’re just laughing at her shirt.

  • cf2k

    Those are two expensively kept and coiffed mannequins. Not a hair out of place on either one.

  • SLDrone

    Mormons don’t drink coffee.

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  • Some sorta whatchamacallit

    And… it’s ugly!
    Are those budgies?
    Don’t the handlers advise what is good for TV cameras?

  • Justin

    that’s crazy you could buy 6 of those shirts for the price of one of michelle obama;s jackets she wore. sounds like a good deal. Especially since, “she and the President have been sensitive, and smart, about symbolism and setting a tone”.

  • Asta

    Well, whatever it is, it looks like it wants to bite off her hand!

  • Shaqe80

    You damn sure you would stood to pick that dime,if as you explain pertain to the 99% lol

  • truthtalk5

    Exactly.

  • Poop

    “… when the subject is african americans.”
    WTF?

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