Veterans of the Bush White House are shocked.So, for Bush & co., what constituted an honorable and dignified Administration? Politicizing federal prosecutors?- Check. Suppressing scientific conclusions that undercut favored policies? Check. Letting corporate lobbyists rewrite Federal regulations? Check. Torturing enemy combatants and gutting Americans' core civil liberties? Check. Cooking intelligence and lying relentlessly to the public about the motives underlying policy? Check. Doing it all in jackets and ties? Double check.
“I’ll never forget going to work on a Saturday morning, getting called down to the Oval Office because there was something he 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.”
Perhaps their memory will put the final kabosh on formal western attire.