45 thoughts on “Loser In Chief”

  1. Labor Day. Unofficial end of white clothing season according to Mrs. P. Anyone else grow up with this slant on clothing etiquette?  I heard it when I was young but never really saw it observed. 

  2. pogo, no white before may or after labor day. here’s a bit on this from time updated last year froma 2009 article:

    The post–Labor Day moratorium on white clothing and accessories has long ranked among etiquette hard-liners’ most sacred rules. As punishment for breaking it in the 1994 movie Serial Mom, for instance, Patty Hearst‘s character was murdered by a punctilious psychopath. But ask your average etiquette expert how that rule came to be, and chances are that even she couldn’t explain it. So why aren’t we supposed to wear white after Labor Day?
    One common explanation is practical. For centuries, wearing white in the summer was simply a way to stay cool — like changing your dinner menu or putting slipcovers on the furniture. “Not only was there no air-conditioning, but people did not go around in T shirts and halter tops. They wore what we would now consider fairly formal clothes,” says Judith Martin, better known as etiquette columnist Miss Manners. “And white is of a lighter weight.”
    But beating the heat became fashionable in the early to mid-20th century, says Charlie Scheips, author of American Fashion. “All the magazines and tastemakers were centered in big cities, usually in northern climates that had seasons,” he notes. In the hot summer months, white clothing kept New York fashion editors cool. But facing, say, heavy fall rain, they might not have been inclined to risk sullying white ensembles with mud — and that sensibility was reflected in the glossy pages of Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, which set the tone for the country.
    Much to the chagrin of sartorial purists, that skepticism of the Labor Day law has seeped into mainstream America. From 1960s counterculture to the present day — when would-be fashionistas get as many ideas from blogs and friends as from magazines and Fashion Week — more people than ever are breaking the rule. Even the 2004 manners bible, Emily Post’s Etiquette, 17th Edition, gives the go-ahead for wearing white after Labor Day. Which may explain why some who abide by the custom themselves are now willing to compromise. Scheips, for one, “would never be caught dead wearing a white suit after Labor Day.” But neither does he completely write off those who do. “I’m sure the Queen of England at Christmastime puts on white ermine once in a while. So if it’s good enough for her, it’s good enough for everybody else, right?” he says. “You don’t have to be a fascist about it.”

    however, said fashion rule was generally violated in points south of tallahassee in florida – especially in resort towns & beaches.

  3. time also had this on author tom wolfe and why he always wore a white suit no matter the season:

    For decades, Wolfe had been known for wearing an outfit TIME once described as “a trademark white suit and vest, a high-necked blue-and-white-striped shirt complemented by a creamy silk necktie.” He might be caught in other outfits — a tux or summer seersucker, or the blue blazer with which he flew under the radar while touring colleges to collect material for his 2004 novel I Am Charlotte Simmons — but the white suit was essential.
    He’s wearing the white suit in his portrait at the National Portrait Gallery, and he’s doubtless wearing the white suit in any fan’s mental picture of him.
    [… in response to question about it he said]
    Writers, whether they want to admit it or not, are in the business of calling attention to themselves. My own taste is counter-bohemian. My white suits came about by accident. I had a white suit made that was too hot for summer, so I wore it in December. I found that it really irritated people — I had hit upon this harmless form of aggression!

  4. Yep.  No white shoes after Labor Day was my grandma’s rule.   The roads weren’t paved way back when.  That’s when the weather changed and things got muddier. Of course, they were paved when I was a kid, so I didn’t get it.

    Now, can we make a no white hoods (ever) rule.   
    tRUMP thinks his followers are suckers and those that lost their boats are losers.  

  5. I grew up with the whole white from May Day to Labor Day with the exception of “Winter White” which is a very specific color and weight.


    Winter white is never pure white and always has a cream/ivory tint color to it. Flannel, knits, cashmere, corduroys, leathers, and tweeds always look great in the fall and winter months. Because these fabrics are thicker and heavier, it is almost impossible to dye them pure white.


  6. By the way, Lake Travis is named after slave-owner, William B. Travis.   Of course, that’s not what he is remembered for, but still…

  7. Yeah…  it’s funny how these Monday holidays don’t have much significance when you’re retired.  But going to the family camp for a cookout anyhoo. (no talking politics today)
    I LOVE Tom Wolfe!  He was a great observer of the American way.

  8. That wardrobe “rule” is an antiquated notion for idle rich white women.  Nobody doing any real work wears white anytime.

  9. Peasant 1: “Who’s that?”
    Peasant 2: “He must be a king!”
    Peasant 1: “How do you know?”
    Peasant 2: “He doesn’t have shit all over him.”

  10. Bink – My grandmother was no idle woman.  She quit school at 17 to help support her parents and younger siblings. She was a waitress most of her life, and, we ate well because she had a huge garden and canned stuff for winter.    It was just a rule for folks of her generation.   White shoes were for summer, if you could afford a pair for church, and you kept them nice and off of the muddy, unpaved streets.   

  11. Bink…  I’ve seen plenty of men working on the roads this past summer wearing white T-shirts.
    I do tend to wear lighter colors in the summer and darker colors in the winter.  We do not wear white at all.  Our well water is hard…  and even with the expensive softener, it still leaves a slight orange stain in our toilets and sinks.

  12. “white T-shirts”
    aka “rags”

    We are all in agreement, Pogo, go ahead and rock that white linen suit, today💪❤️🇺🇸

  13. One thing I do not own is a white linen suit. Mrs P has her share of white “nice” attire. Me, Polos, dress shirts & t-shirts a pair or two shorts and a pair of white jeans. 

  14. patd, thanks for Arlo! He always has great stories. Off stage he doesn’t sound like this.  My younger son was SO surprised to hear his regular voice.  He’s from Conley Island and was schooled in the Berkshires of Mass. after all.

  15. bink, evidently you’ve never lived in tick country where it’s advisable to wear white in order to spot the little beasties.  white attire is thought to be useful for repelling (at least not attracting) other insects.  in very sunny climes, the lighter the clothing the better to deflect the rays. desert bedouin men wear thoabs which are traditionally white or very light in color.

    BTW, if all one has from which to make clothing is cotton,  white sheep wool etc. then it’s only the rich who wear colors. 

    city folk!!! harrumph!

  16. The smugness of people who think they are the only ones who are fully informed is rather disgusting.

  17. Asked about the Atlantic story at today’s presser, Trump takes the opportunity to start dumping all over John McCain again, as if that is going to clear things up

  18. Haha, painter story.  I was tasked with installing 6 rather large drawer fronts on the 4th floor of a McMansion.   As I was beginning, the painter comes in and asks if ok if I wait to install them until after he paints them. I got plenty else to do so I says yeah, fine, anything to make things easier.  So he goes down for stuff.   While he’s gone the job superintendent comes in the room and says, “I need those drawer fronts installed.”  I explain about the painter and he says, “Painter’s ass, I need em on now.” Owners probably coming for a progress inspection, I figgered.
    So I’m installing them, got two on and the painter comes back.  “Hey, what the hell, I thought you were going to wait!”  I explained about the super, and painter slams his stuff on the floor and stomps out.  I heard him stomp down 4 flights of stairs, screaming “That’s right! Fuck the painter, fuck the painter! It’s ALWAYS fuck the painter!”  He screamed and stomped all the way down. I guessed he was having a bad day, and I’d just made it a wee bit worse. But what the hell, eh? The super is a Brigadier General, and the painter’s not even a corporal.

  19. Murphy, the supe, explains later, those fronts were supposed to have been painted by 2 days ago.  

    Murphy was a pure wonderment. A building project like that involves a damned army of people, electricians, plumbers, appliance guys, cabineteers, trim carpenters, painters, HVAC/duct work people, new fangled communications guys, all in the house climbing all over one another, and Murphy has to have a finger in each and every pie. In addition to ramrodding that crew, he had to keep the house owners happy while out his other face keeping his bosses happy. He was a master at overcoming physical limitations, and of surmounting difficulties. I swear that man could stretch a 2 x 4. I did 5 jobs with him as super, and did his personal lake house kitchen, and my maxim thereafter became “ What would Murphy do?” because if you could think like Murphy, you could get it done.

  20. Not to over generalize but I spent some significant time working with painters when I was younger- got tasked to be a painter’s helper my second stint working with them. Mornings they had that acetone smell that a bit over a pint of gin or more likely vodka gives one. I attributed it to having to do something for relief from one of the most boring jobs one could do for a living. They wore white bib overalls. 

  21. Minnesota artist, fly fisherman and herpetologist has worn all white suits every day from spring equinox to fall equinox, and all black suits every day from fall equinox to Spring, for as long as I’ve known him – about 60 years.
    If you see someone wading in a river in an all white suit w/fly fishing kit, you know who he is.

  22. The Time reporter who is a Trump whore reporting does not reflect any of the polls
    She is a sucker and a loser

  23. NYTimes

    Money was supposed to have been one of the great advantages of incumbency for President Trump, much as it was for President Barack Obama in 2012 and George W. Bush in 2004. After getting outspent in 2016, Mr. Trump filed for re-election on the day of his inauguration — earlier than any other modern president — betting that the head start would deliver him a decisive financial advantage this year.
    It seemed to have worked. His rival, Joseph R. Biden Jr., was relatively broke when he emerged as the presumptive Democratic nominee this spring, and Mr. Trump and the Republican National Committee had a nearly $200 million cash advantage.
    Five months later, Mr. Trump’s financial supremacy has evaporated. Of the $1.1 billon his campaign and the party raised from the beginning of 2019 through July, more than $800 million has already been spent. Now some people inside the campaign are forecasting what was once unthinkable: a cash crunch with less than 60 days until the election, according to Republican officials briefed on the matter.
    [… ]
    Mr. Trump, who once joked he could be the first candidate to make money running for president, has steered, along with the Republican Party, about $4 million into the Trump family businesses since 2019: hundreds of thousands of dollars to Mr. Trump’s club at Mar-a-Lago in Florida, lavish donor retreats at Trump hotels, office space in Trump Tower, and thousands of dollars at the steakhouse in Mr. Trump’s Washington, D.C., hotel.
    Many of the specifics of Mr. Trump’s spending are opaque; since 2017, the campaign and the R.N.C. have routed $227 million through a single limited liability company linked to Trump campaign officials. That firm, American Made Media Consultants, has been used to place television and digital ads and was the subject of a recent Federal Election Commission complaint arguing it was used to disguise the final destination of spending, which has included paychecks to Lara Trump and Kimberly Guilfoyle, the partners of Mr. Trump’s two adult sons.
    Mr. Trump has also accumulated many costs that are unusual for a presidential re-election.
    Republicans, for instance, have been saddled with extra legal costs, more than $21 million since 2019, resulting from investigations into Mr. Trump and, eventually, his impeachment trial. The R.N.C. also paid a large legal bill of $666,667.66 to Reuters News & Media at the end of June. Both Reuters and the R.N.C. declined to discuss the payment. It was labeled “legal proceedings — IP resolution,” suggesting it was related to a potential litigation over intellectual property.

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