If, while recently visiting the troops in Kuwait and Afghanistan, Barack Obama strove to look like the ordinary man, he succeeded all too well. With his shapeless black polo shirt, ill-fitting pleated khakis (note the bunching in the crotch and the pooling at the ankles), and prominently-displayed Blackberry and wireless microphone, he is dressed for dorky casual Friday (a/k/a golfwear at the office). The only exception to that sorry look are his brown suede boots, which clash with his black shirt and belt. Making matters worse, his unbuttoned collar emphasizes the scrawniness of his neck.
Izzy’s biggest objection, however, is the visibility of Obama’s electronic gear. If it’s true that you should never let them see you sweat, it’s all the more the case that you should never let them see your Blackberry. Visibly wearing such equipment makes a man look like a slave to the office, a terrible thing for any would-be chief executive. Obama should either have worn a jacket to conceal such necessities or, better yet, have had his assistants carry them.