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Obama as style icon

  • Nov. 17th, 2008 at 12:25 PM
independent_uk
The media seems to have fallen in love with Obama - even his choice of trainers is viewed as an important signifier. So what do you make of articles about Obama's dress sense. Style over substance? Or the inevitable rise of Brand Obama.

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brennakimi wrote:
Nov. 17th, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)
I suppose you can learn a lot from what someone chooses to wear.. or rather from what someone chooses not to wear.

But, I think it's mostly a symptom of 'there's nothing media consumers want to hear about except the war, the economy, and something that isn't one of those.' Basically, the election's over and they have homg! a whole 24 hours to kill.
iber wrote:
Nov. 17th, 2008 04:29 pm (UTC)
In strange way, it brings up the idea of Jackie Kennedy to me. Whether we like it or not, the overall style and appearance of a politician is important. When they're president, it becomes even more important.

It also allows the culture which loves their reality tv and celebrity gossip to further not pay attention to government happenings, and anything which isn't apart of their country's news.
fmsilk wrote:
Nov. 17th, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
The US media has been persistently and consistently dumbing down our news for about 10 years now and this is just another example of it. The 'real news' places no longer report on 'real news', instead they occupy themselves with the superficial celebrity crap that stations like E! should be dealing with... like how Brittney Spears is in rehab again or what brand clothing the president elect wears. In the meantime, news about the war and the economy and the important stuff falls by the wayside for the most part completely ignored.

It's no wonder most other countries think we're a bunch of dumbasses here... between the media and our president... what have we been showing them for the last 8 years?
pariskan wrote:
Nov. 17th, 2008 06:34 pm (UTC)
"The media seems to have fallen in love with Obama"

Uh... where have you been for the past year? This is about the oldest "news" I've ever seen.

On to the point... the above entries pretty much have it. Even serious news sites have prominent "entertainment" or "fashion and culture" sections on the front page. We The People care not for substance. Give us style. We'll be happy. :)
mechers wrote:
Nov. 17th, 2008 06:56 pm (UTC)
A little more scrutiny of men's fashion choices and a little less of women's...hey, maybe this feminism thing is working.
grace_om wrote:
Nov. 17th, 2008 07:28 pm (UTC)
Meh. He and Michelle are both tall and slim, and wear their clothes well. It's not shocking that people are showing interest in their style. It will only be a *bad* thing if style becomes *more* important than what he does and says. I can't say I see that happening.
polarisdib wrote:
Nov. 17th, 2008 09:29 pm (UTC)
Brand Obama was there from the beginning. Style over substance is typical American politics. Various media fell in love with Obama two years ago. And I don't care what Obama wears.

--PolarisDiB
bastblack wrote:
Nov. 17th, 2008 10:36 pm (UTC)
When was the last time America actually admired it's President?

Obama has achieved something incredible, and unless you have your head buried in the ground, you too also know it. I see it in the faces of people I bump into everyday. Have their lives gotten any better? No, but now they look me directly in the eye, smile, and bid me a warm "Hello." I can't help but notice it. It's not unlike how you are when you fall in love, there's a little spring in your step. It's been a few weeks now, and it hasn't gone away. Amazing!

People are actually eager for any news about the new President. Even the Obamas taking their children to the school is newsworthy. I couldn't help about but think about late Princess Diana. Is that what it's like to have a figurehead star? Maybe it's like the JFK and Jackie Kennedy, but that was before my time I so I don't know what that was like. Bill Clinton was quite a star, but what is going on now seems to me, to be much, much bigger....

I wouldn't be surprised if the Obama starpower continues to grow...
bastblack wrote:
Nov. 17th, 2008 10:46 pm (UTC)
p.s.
I have seen only one article about Obama's fashion sense in 4 years. It was a comparison between the way Obama and McCain tie their ties:

http://www.newsweek.com/id/163334
mamculuna wrote:
Nov. 17th, 2008 10:54 pm (UTC)
I think many of us are so happy to get away from the playing-cowboy look of Bushie that we can't stop looking at a man who dresses appropriately and well.
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