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Big Media Matt thinks Obama's hat is teh awsum


Real Texans--and Corrente readers--know better:

That particular hat would be a style statement worn anytime between mid-March and mid-November, west of I-35 and north of Jim Hogg County; in Wyoming or Colorado or Oklahoma, of course, they’re not so particular. But in Texas wearing a winter hat in summertime marks you as a tenderfoot or a politician.

And we knew two weeks ago, too.

Paper towel, Matt?

NOTE Hat tips, alert reader Davidson and Sarah, semiotician du chapeaux.

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Submitted by Sarah on

that particular hat is what we'd call a "dress" hat, or a "Sunday" hat.

Some things about it should be obvious even if you're not Sherlock Holmes, Lord Peter Wimsey, or John Lloyd Branson (fictional heroes all, who share a gift for noticing things most folk overlook):

First, there's the style and the block (which makes suggestions about the quality of, and therefore the source of the fur used to create, the felt). Yes, it's one you'll see in many a Western store; no, it's not one that looks good on just anybody. The felt isn't cheap (it has to be fairly hard to hold that style).

Second, there's the fit of the hat. It's not perched too high or threatening to slide down over the bridge of his nose -- he's 'tipping' it there, to settle it; not holding it, to control it.

So whoever "handed" it to Obama at that Austin event knew what size hat he wears -- which to me suggests it may not have been all that spur-of-the-moment a gift. Fifty years ago -- maybe; today? Not so much -- as I said before, a hat like that will sell for $200 to $700. Not as many people wear hats like that any more as used to -- and of all the places in Texas where hats are popular, Austin is the most unlikely.

That hat -- the way it's blocked and creased and shaped, the band on it (that ain't no ordinary factory grosgrain ribbon) -- that's custom. That didn't get handed over somebody's shoulder out of a crowd by accident, or tossed onto the stage by a fan.

Third, there's the color. That's not a white hat: there's no need for so obvious a stereotype. It's not a grey or fawn hat -- those would not look so strikingly appealing with Obama's skin tone. It's not navy or chocolate -- it's black. It's a stark statement of power and prestige: I don't have to worry about being thought of as a bad guy.

And yes, Lambert, as you so astutely noticed in that earlier thread, it's a "cowboy" hat. Thirty years ago, hats like that were popular -- "Smokey and the Bandit" popular, Burt Reynolds popular. Transcendently popular, even.

I'd be interested to know where that hat is now, too ...

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Submitted by koshembos on

The old joke has the politician naked at home with a cowboy hat, in this case, on. When asked why he is naked, the politicians answers: it's a hot day. So why do you wear a hat? The politician: just in case a Texan drops by.

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Submitted by Voodoo Chile on

Hey, remember the good old days, when liberals everywhere were making fun of Chris Matthews over his homoerotic obsession with George Bush's cock during Operation Flightsuit?

I'm glad that those days are gone and we (liberals) are now fawning over pictures of our politicians in costumes. It goes nicely with us behaving like religious fundamentalists...

Submitted by lambert on

Though of course this time Chris Mathews did get a thrill up his leg...

[x] Any (D) in the general. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.