Chuck Hagel, Fashion Icon

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel apparently wanted to make sure he stood out at yesterday’s meeting in the Situation Room:

hagel-bigFound via Ezra Klein


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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. CSK says:

    All he has to do is push up the jacket sleeves and he’ll be, like, totally “Miami Vice” circa 1986.

  2. Markey says:

    “E-5 mafia” boss gotta represent….

  3. superdestroyer says:


    A +1 for the building reference.

  4. Gold Star for Robot Boy says:

    Check the screens on the back wall. The woman on the left, so many questions…

    Who is that?

    Where is she?

    And doesn’t she realize if she’ll appearing on a big screen before the POTUS, stroking a white longhaired cat in your lap LOOKS SO COOL?

  5. Tyrell says:

    “Stylin’ and profilin'”

  6. superdestroyer says:

    @Gold Star for Robot Boy:

    that is not a cat but just some white papers.

    A real geek quiz should be to name as many people in the photo including the woman in the photo who does not look like Samantha Power but I do not know who else would rate a teleconference from their house.

  7. edmondo says:

    Why was Eric Holder there? What could he possibly add to the discussion?

  8. aFloridian says:

    Joe Biden was wearing some very long navy socks. I mean, that’s a lot of leg.

  9. mike says:

    8 of the 15 in attendance have their chins cupped in the hands. that spells b o r e d o m.
    And yes, who are the video attendees? I can understand DOJ being there, unfortunately represented by the Dept of Racial Justice Holder.

  10. An Interested Party says:

    …the Dept of Racial Justice Holder.

    Yes, indeed! Why, it’s just terrible when a black man is the Attorney General of the United States…perhaps reparations are next on the agenda…

  11. edmondo says:

    @An Interested Party:

    Well, a lawyer who couldn’t find any wrong-doing on Wall Street might not qualify as someone with a brilliant legal mind. Corporate whores come in all colors and seem to be pretty densely packed into the new Democratic Party. Sometimes it’s not about race but sheer ineptitude. Place Holder just might fit that scenario.

  12. Tyrell says:

    He is there to get “fast & furious ” expanded to Syria.

  13. MarkedMan says:

    If you think having a lawyer present when discussing whether to attack a sovereign country is overdoing it, god help you if you ever spend time in a corporate boardroom, where multiple lawyers abound. It is all too easy to propose something that sounds logical but is in fact illegal, and by god the Repubs would crucify anyone in the room if they said something they later had to take back.

  14. superdestroyer says:


    I doubt if the Republicans have a monopoly on shoot the messenger types. I believe that is more a trait of the Bush Clan than of the Republicans overall.

    Also, how many people sitting around that table would be allowed to disagree with President Obama. Probably less than half of them.

  15. An Interested Party says:

    @edmondo: I don’t necessarily disagree with what you’re saying, but my point was about the use of the term “…the Dept of Racial Justice Holder” which is very telling…

  16. Franklin says:

    @Gold Star for Robot Boy: Maybe it’s Frau with Mr. Bigglesworth.

  17. dazedandconfused says:

    Susan Rice scares me.