Saturday, January 29, 2005

Grumpy Does Auschwitz 

I am undoubtedly a small-minded, petty person. How else to explain the glee that filled my soul last night when I saw that Dick Cheney is being criticized for his attire at the Auschwitz commemoration ceremony held earlier this week in Poland?

Robin Givhan, in a Washington Post article, described Cheney as "dressed in the kind of attire one typically wears to operate a snow blower." Here's the AP photo that proves it:

Givhan goes on to say:

Cheney stood out in a sea of black-coated world leaders because he was wearing an olive drab parka with a fur-trimmed hood. It is embroidered with his name. It reminded one of the way in which children's clothes are inscribed with their names before they are sent away to camp.

By the time Givhan got around to taking on Cheney's hat, I was cackling out loud:

Like other attendees, the vice president was wearing a hat. But it was not a fedora or a Stetson or a fur hat or any kind of hat that one might wear to a memorial service as the representative of one's country. Instead, it was a knit ski cap, embroidered with the words "Staff 2001." It was the kind of hat a conventioneer might find in a goodie bag.

It's obvious to me that Cheney's look was inspired by Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon in their 1993 film Grumpy Old Men:

Or maybe it was the other way around. Because really, is there any person on this planet who looks grumpier than Dick Cheney?

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