Bag’s Take-Away:
Ann Romney wears a $1000 T-shirt to tell the world her hubby is a regular guy just like them!
Certainly, a lot was made four years ago about Michelle Obama as the first dresser, and her astute sense of how to present herself in times of economic distress. That doesn’t mean that she hasn’t been opulent, too. It does mean, however, that she and the President have been sensitive, and smart, about symbolism and setting a tone. 
Conversely, given the impression Mitt is just a little out of touch with the 99%, the Romney campaign has had a marvelous opportunity over the past few weeks to help refashion itself, creating more dimensionality and humanity around Ann Romney, wife and mother. The opportunity has been that much more opportune given the chance to also ground Mitt’s aside in Detroit about how many Cadillacs Ann happens to own. 
All these factors made this scene from CBS‘s This Morning, otherwise petty, more than just chicken feed. 
Stated bluntly: if you use your wife to humanize you and to help relate to the average American, you might want to remind her before sitting down for coffee with the nation NOT to wear her $990 Madison Avenue,  Reed Krakoff-designed t-shirt, one so colorfully missing from the closets of 99% of your countrymen (or women). Since this is a tenet of Campaigning 101, it takes very little movement to conclude that the Romneys, like birds of a feather, just don’t get it.
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Bag’s Take-Away:

Ann Romney wears a $1000 T-shirt to tell the world her hubby is a regular guy just like them!

Certainly, a lot was made four years ago about Michelle Obama as the first dresser, and her astute sense of how to present herself in times of economic distress. That doesn’t mean that she hasn’t been opulent, too. It does mean, however, that she and the President have been sensitive, and smart, about symbolism and setting a tone.

Conversely, given the impression Mitt is just a little out of touch with the 99%, the Romney campaign has had a marvelous opportunity over the past few weeks to help refashion itself, creating more dimensionality and humanity around Ann Romney, wife and mother. The opportunity has been that much more opportune given the chance to also ground Mitt’s aside in Detroit about how many Cadillacs Ann happens to own.

All these factors made this scene from CBS‘s This Morning, otherwise petty, more than just chicken feed.

Stated bluntly: if you use your wife to humanize you and to help relate to the average American, you might want to remind her before sitting down for coffee with the nation NOT to wear her $990 Madison Avenue, Reed Krakoff-designed t-shirt, one so colorfully missing from the closets of 99% of your countrymen (or women). Since this is a tenet of Campaigning 101, it takes very little movement to conclude that the Romneys, like birds of a feather, just don’t get it.

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Bag’s Take-Away:
Queen Elizabeth makes her grandmother (played by Helena Bonham Carter) a Commander of the British Empire.  Funny how the young one is dressed in Victorian fashion and the older one is up to date (for genteel, elderly women who happen to be the Queen). 
via BBC Day in Pictures
(photo credit:  Dominic Lapinski/PA  caption: Queen Elizabeth II presents actress Helena Bonham Carter with her Commander of the British Empire (CBE) medal during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London.)
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Bag’s Take-Away:

Queen Elizabeth makes her grandmother (played by Helena Bonham Carter) a Commander of the British Empire. Funny how the young one is dressed in Victorian fashion and the older one is up to date (for genteel, elderly women who happen to be the Queen).

via BBC Day in Pictures

(photo credit: Dominic Lapinski/PA caption: Queen Elizabeth II presents actress Helena Bonham Carter with her Commander of the British Empire (CBE) medal during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London.)

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Bag’s Take-Away:
If the cover photo of Hillary inaugurating Newsweek/Beast is completely forgettable, this shot accompanying the article by Stephanie Sinclair is throughly interesting. Unfortunately, though, I have no idea what it’s saying — except that, with the designer sunglasses and the montage of Hillary, Secret Service Man and sheik guy, it’s a very stylish image. And style, more than anything (oh, and the cult of personality), is what the new Newsweek is really about.

(photo: Stephanie Sinclair for Newsweek)
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Bag’s Take-Away:

If the cover photo of Hillary inaugurating Newsweek/Beast is completely forgettable, this shot accompanying the article by Stephanie Sinclair is throughly interesting. Unfortunately, though, I have no idea what it’s saying — except that, with the designer sunglasses and the montage of Hillary, Secret Service Man and sheik guy, it’s a very stylish image. And style, more than anything (oh, and the cult of personality), is what the new Newsweek is really about.

(photo: Stephanie Sinclair for Newsweek)

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