What Happens When 2 Mich. Guys Walk into the Oval Office and Keep on Their Hats?
April 20th, 2017, 4:17 PM
The answer to our headline question: They get a White House photo souvenir, posted online Thursday by Sarah Palin (at right above).
She was invited to dinner with President Trump on Wednesday night and was allowed to bring guests. She chose a pair of Michigan singers -- Ted Nugent, left, and Kid Rock -- who backed Trump last year. Rock brought fiancée Audrey Berry and Nugent was accompanied by his wife Shemayne.
At Palin's website, the former Alaska governor (2006-09) posts:
President Trump’s invitation for dinner included bringing a couple of friends; it was the highest honor to have great Americans who are independent, hardworking, patriotic, and unafraid share commonsense solutions at the White House. Asked why I invited Kid Rock and Ted Nugent, I joked, “Because Jesus was booked.”
The company was wonderful and dinner was beyond superb, with Baked Alaska for dessert.
The pose above, snapped by White House photographer Shealah Craighead and posted by Palin on Facebook, shows casualness that presidential etiquette purists see as disrespect. (In two snapshots below, They also appear irreverent -- or downright disdainful -- while standing at a Hillary Clinton portrait.)
"Call me old-fashioned," Indiana business executive Keith Austin comments under Palin's social media post, "but only clueless, disrespectful hillbillies leave their hats on in the Oval Office, talking to the president. Shouldn't be any debate about that."
Another critic, creative agency owner Les McCarty of Washington, D.C., says on Palin's page: "Typically, one removes their hat when entering."
These are among other reactions there:
- "Common decency has left the country. How sad." -- David Darwent
- "Looks like a white trash pool party." -- D.L. Aghabekian
- "Hey Ted & Kid, take your hats off when you're inside. It's bad manners, you ignorant f@€£s." -- Francis Gabby, Phoenix, Ariz.
- "It would have been classy if the gentlemen had removed their hats in the White House. It's nice that the celebs are Republican, but show some respect, celebs." -- Josua Bauer, Pensacola, Fla.
► Your turn now: See anything wrong in the photo above or the pair below?