06 September 2008

I feel your pain

Nothing says "Family values and undertanding the plight of the American family " like a really nice outfit. After all, be sure to avoid any hint of "elitism".

Politics and Power The 2008 Election
Cindy McCain's $300,000 Outfit
by Vanity Fair

September 4, 2008, 10:29 AM
One of the persistent memes in the Republican line of attack against Barack Obama is the notion that he is an elitist, whereas the G.O.P. represent real working Americans like Levi “F-in’ Redneck” Johnston.
It caught our attention, then, when First Lady Laura Bush and would-be First Lady Cindy McCain took the stage Tuesday night wearing some rather fancy designer clothes. So we asked our fashion department to price out their outfits.

Laura Bush Oscar de la Renta suit: $2,500
Stuart Weitzman heels: $325
Pearl stud earrings: $600–$1,500
Total: Between $3,425 and $4,325

Cindy McCain: Oscar de la Renta dress: $3,000
Chanel J12 White Ceramic Watch: $4,500
Three-carat diamond earrings: $280,000
Four-strand pearl necklace: $11,000–$25,000
Shoes, designer unknown: $600
Total: Between $299,100 and $313,100

Wow! No wonder McCain has so many houses: his wife has the price of a Scottsdale split-level hanging from her ears.

(All prices except Laura’s shoes and Cindy’s watch are estimates, and the jewelry prices are based on the assumption that the pieces are real.)

There is really not much I can add to this...

http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2007/01/29/split_command/index.html (surge discrepancy)


Wicked Thistle said...

I'll be honest; when I first saw Cindy McCain in that photo, I thought, "Whoa, mama! Laws'a mercy, that is one delicious piece of fashion!"

What I *really* love about that picture, though, is how Laura is leading Cindy along by the wrist as if to say, "No, no, Cindy, this isn't Vogue's 2008 *catwalk,* it's the 2008 Republican *convention.* Come on now, honey, come with me."

But seriously, I love that dress.

moi said...

Well, I loves me a fabulous Oscar de la Renta dress and if I were filthy rich, whether through marriage or my own talents and hard work efforts, that's who I'd have dress me. Besides, movie stars and royalty are just as bad. Anyone remember Princess Di's clothing/shoe habit? How about Jackie Oh My God You Spent WHAT on that Hat?

What DOES interest me is what Wicked just pointed out: the fact that Cindy is dressed like a grown woman but comes across like a little girl. That's not good.

Doris Rose said...

I agree with you both re: the fashion...my point was the occasion. The national stage for a group touting support for the "just folks" they contned to be just like,NOT the "elitists".

Wicked Thistle said...

I hear ya, Doris, sometimes what is needed most is a good, sound smack to the head. Maybe she just wanted everyone to get distracted by the shiny....hey, is that a quarter?

moi said...

P.S. People thump all over Simon Cowell, but I think he's a gem, not just in showbiz, but in the world at large: an honest person with no pretenses, no fakey fakey emotionality, who is also exceptionally astute. The kid is adorable, and muy talented, too.

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