One thing that occured to me last night is that President Bush was out of uniform:

What’s with the retro red ties that he, Cheney, and Hastert were wearing? He almost single-handedly made the light blue tie the new power tie.

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  1. James,

    You are awesome. Unbelievable. A veritable blogging machine!

    I am very impressed. Keep up the good work.

  2. I just got my George Bush blue tie (TM) for Christmas, and now he changes colors!

    I was actually looking for this since it was on the SOTU “drinking game” that made the rounds. A blue tie was 1 drink, so I was looking for it.

  3. Steven says:

    Yup–one of my first comments to my wife was that he wasn’t wearing his standard-issue blue tie.

  4. mark says:

    Red Tie for the Red State guys!

  5. DANEgerus says:

    Look at the backdrop… Bush looks like a little flag himself… ya gotta wear Red-White-Blue when your slapping down the (D)’s

    Call it Queer Eye for the “ConstitutionalAmendmentIfItsNecessary” Guy.