"…he may be walking around with a sartorial time bomb. Ask yourself, is there any other major public figure who dresses the way he does? Why, yes. It is Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who, unlike most of his predecessors, seems to have skipped through enough copies of 'GQ' to find the jacket-and-no-tie look agreeable…"Greenfield goes on to note that since Obama's first name sounds like "Osama" and his middle name is "Hussein," wearing "an outfit that reminds people of a charter member of the axis of evil…could leave his presidential hopes hanging by a thread."
Let's put aside the lameness of that pun for a moment and simply focus on the fact that Jeff Greenfield just made a connection between Obama and Ahmadinejad based on the fact that neither wears a tie. As Bradford Plumer at the Plank jokingly suggests, "They might've also noted that Obama likes movies... just like Kim Jong Il!" Look, members of the media: I realize that there were a ton of reporters in New Hampshire, and it's awful tough to think of something to say that everyone else hasn't said already. But take some advice from my middle-school homeroom teacher: If you don't have anything worthwhile to say, don't say anything at all.