Matthews: 'Precious' ex-Bush aide 'dainty' about how Obama dresses
David Edwards and Ron Brynaert
Published: Friday February 6, 2009

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Former Bush aide Andrew Card has gotten the attention of a few cable networks because he recently criticized the way president Obama dressed in the Oval Office. Card thinks the president should always wear a jacket while at his desk.

"Isn't former Bush chief of staff Andy Card getting a bit dainty?" MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews asked.

CNN recalled a picture of the former president without a jacket in the Oval Office.

"Perhaps Card did not see this picture -- oh, yeah, of President Bush taken two days after his inauguration. It clearly shows Bush in the Oval Office there, but not wearing a coat. Perhaps Card is also unaware Presidents Ford, Carter and Clinton were photographed in the Oval Office without wearing a jacket. In fact, Clinton was photographed wearing a short-sleeved shirt and a flannel shirt in another shot," said CNN's Kiran Chetry.

Aside from asking if Card was "dainty," the macho Matthews also called the ex-Bush aide "precious."

"It seems that precious Andrew doesn't like what he sees," Matthews said.

Matthews noted a few "smart decisions" Bush administration officials made while "smartly dressed."

"Starting a war over a baseless argument," Matthews noted. "Bringing a government in surplus into adding more national debt than all the previous presidents put together. Oh, yeah. Letting an economic boom under Clinton become an economic catastrophe. If that's dressing for success, I'd prefer shirt sleeves."

This video is from CNN's American Morning, broadcast Feb 6, 2009 and MSNBC's Hardball, broadcast Feb. 5, 2009.

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