July 27, 2004
August 26th, 2011
07:00 AM ET

Friday fun: Presidential tie talk

In a world where children's lingerie is acceptable and no one bats an eye at a man with black eyeliner (we’re looking at you, Russell Brand and Johnny Depp), even the most fashion-illiterate male knows to follow a few rules: don't fasten the bottom button of your suit jacket, always match the color of your belt to the color of your shoes and never wear white socks with black pants. NEVER. In recent years, however, other articles of clothing have moved into the glaring spotlight of the fashion police, including the tie.

Some have said that the tie makes the man. But when you're a man who represents an entire country, the seemingly monotonous job of picking out some neck bling in the AM becomes a lot more important than, say, the man-sandals debate. Suddenly, the president's decision to wear red with white dots instead of blue with grey stripes is taken a lot more seriously. And though there are some who'd argue that it's a tie-ersome subject or isn’t suitable for discussion (puns intended), there's no denying that it’s an intriguing topic. In fact, entire websites, like neckofstate.com, are dedicated to the analysis of presidential neckties.

So what do you think? Does the tie make the man? Or should we just clip the tie (whoops! we meant nip the tie) talk in the bud?


Topics: President Obama • The Buzz • The Visuals

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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. jean2009

    As long as it doesn't have flashing lights and playboy bunnies, it should be acceptable. Is this really a worthy topic?

    August 26, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
    • Pete

      He's a clown no matter what he wears

      August 29, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
    • Pete

      PERRY – ROMNEY 2012 Restore America

      August 29, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  2. Ellie Light

    White House sources today claimed that the First Lady has spent $10million of U.S. taxpayers' money on vacations alone in the past year.
    Branding her 'disgusting' and 'a vacation junkie', they say the 47-year-old mother-of-two has been indulging in five-star hotels, where
    she splashes out on expensive massages and alcohol.

    'It's disgusting. Michelle is taking advantage of her privileged position while the most hardworking Americans can barely afford a week
    \or two off work. 'When it's all added up, she's spent more than $10million in taxpayers' money on her vacations.

    The First Lady is believed to have taken 42 days of holiday in the past year, including a $375,000 break in Spain and a four-day ski trip
    to Vail, Colorado, where she spent $2,000 a night on a suite at the Sebastian hotel. And the first family's nine-day stay in Martha's Vineyard
    is also proving costly, with rental of the Blue Heron Farm property alone costing an estimated $50,000 a week.
    'Michelle also enjoys drinking expensive booze during her trips. She favours martinis with top-shelf vodka and has a taste for rich sparking wines.
    'The vacations are totally Michelle's idea. She's like a junkie. She can't schedule enough getaways, and she lives from one to the next – all the
    while sticking it to hardworking Americans.

    August 26, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
    • PoliSciMon

      Is this speculation? Where are your facts? Please stop making up garbarge like this, she deserves vacations, the whole family does, especially since they have to with an enormous amount of disgusting bigots such as Ellie Light who make up constant lies, and have no supporting facts. You would think these people would be worried about fixing problems, but their only concern is tearing down the President and his family. Please shut up...America is sick to death of hearing your lies.

      August 26, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
    • jean2009

      Evidently, Elie believes every bit of garbage Fox puts out.

      The President and First Lady pay for their own vacations and food unless it is a state dinner, or a state visit.

      I'm amazed at the idiocy the American people are being feed by Faux...no wonder we have a bunch of whining morons.

      August 27, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
    • jean2009

      Ellie...you obviously haven't taken the time to read either Nancy Reagan's or Barbara Bush's memoirs in which they tell of the monthly White House bill for meals delivered to the First Families' private quarters, or the bills for dry cleaning, etc. Vacation home rentals and meals eaten on vacation are paid for by the first family.

      You just come on here and post stupidity.

      August 27, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  3. PoliSciMon

    Is this speculation? Where are your facts? Please stop making up garbarge like this, she deserves vacations, the whole family does, especially since they have to deal with an enormous amount of disgusting bigots such as Ellie Light who make up constant lies, and have no supporting facts. You would think these people would be worried about fixing problems, but their only concern is tearing down the President and his family. Please shut up...America is sick to death of hearing your lies.

    August 26, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      http://www.sanfranciscosentinel.com/?p=152252

      All I had to do was type "White House First Lady spent $10million" into google and found the news story.

      August 29, 2011 at 9:07 am |
      • jean2009

        And you believe every moronic article written by Rush Limbagger and every right-wing screwball out there?
        That is not only sad but ignorant.

        http://www.factcheck.org/2008/10/michelle-obamas-room-service/

        http://www.factcheck.org/2009/08/michelle-obamas-staff/

        August 29, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
  4. yuppiecat

    (Soon to be)Fact. It will be Obama V. Perry 2012. Fact. Perry/Rubio will take 55+% of the pop vote.

    August 26, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  5. liz1388

    Mrs. Obama paid for her own lodging. A lot of costs of the vacation activitites/food, etc. were provided to her free of charge since the publicity for businesses is very valuable. As for security and AF1 costs – how about we tally up the cost of GW Bush's 1000+ days of vacation? What's this got to do with ties anyway?

    August 27, 2011 at 12:54 am |
  6. Liz Carter in Georgia

    They are just lying, racist bigots....that's all it is, period!

    August 29, 2011 at 5:51 am |
    • Pete

      You disagreeded with President Bush Does that make you a racist

      Why is it that anyone that disagrees with obama is a racist

      August 29, 2011 at 11:03 am |
  7. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Do you really think the country should be run like a business? If that's what you truly believe, why didn't you call in some business folks to put BUSH out before he put us on that downward spiral to a 3rd World country? Put them on in with their 'smaller government agenda'! Don't call us when you catch a fire again, flood, hurricaine, or tornado out, OK? Oh, for you young women, they plan to be BIG GOVT, all up in your personal lives; healthwise, abortions, having babies, etc. YOU AINT SEEN NOTHING YET!

    August 30, 2011 at 10:11 pm |