October 1, 2009

"Which living person do you most admire? Barack Obama... Who are your favorite writers? Ayn Rand..."

The infinite complexity of Ralph Lauren.

20 comments:

Photog714 said...

I've seen that kind of "complexity" before. During grad school, I did clinical work for a year and a half on the intensive treatment unit of a psychiatric hospital.

KLDAVIS said...

"On what occasion do you lie? Rarely."

Hmm...I guess cognitive dissonance isn't really lying, per se.

traditionalguy said...

Other than Barak, Batman and Bikini he gave all the answer I would have given. And I like his mens's fragrances. Small world.

ricpic said...

I am a cowboy from Grand Concourse
And I ride the main line
Searchin' in the sun for another lifestyle to sell.

Alex said...

It's very simple. He likes the "coolness" of Barack and the libertarianism of Ayn Rand. He's a cool libertarian. Which needs to become a new Althouse Tag.

miller said...

where's the disconnect? I mean, on one hand you have an intellect that thinks mankind is creative and positive, and on the other is a political grifter.

Maybe he enjoys the dissonance.

Dark Eden said...

>>>t's very simple. He likes the "coolness" of Barack and the libertarianism of Ayn Rand. He's a cool libertarian. Which needs to become a new Althouse Tag.<<<

Does anyone still find Obama cool? He comes off more and more School Marmy to me every day.

Bissage said...

I am kind, caring and not the least bit selfish.

Should Mr. Lauren ever offer to give me a large sum of money, I promise to generously accept.

prairie wind said...

Obama definitely wasn't cool a little bit ago when he spoke about Iran. I walked by the TV and--surprise!--Obama was talking; I think it was a press conference. He sounded scared and kept repeating himself, trying to sound confident. He's not fooling anybody. He hopes that Iran uses nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. (Did I hear that right?? I don't see a video out yet.)

William said...

Which demographic do you most want to appeal to? All of them.

Fred4Pres said...

I am not surprised. Barack Obama looks good in Ralph Lauren's preppy WASP look. Of course Ralph Rueben Lifshit, who changed himself into Ralph Lauren, would admire Barack Obama.

And that drive and ambition that made Ralph Lauren himself is very Randian too.

Diamondhead said...

What exquisitely bad taste.

Bart DePalma said...

The dissonance begs the question of whether Mr. Lauren ever read either Rand or Hemmingway, and if he did, did Lauren understand them?

MamaM said...

The name is Lifshitz, and he's sold illusion for most of his life.

That he should value kindness after 70 years is also no surprise.

It takes two for a successful con. Color, pattern, and quality matter to me and I've enjoyed the sheets, wallpaper, and clothing I've purchased that also happen to carry his distinctive logo.

The man figured out how pull in millions by marketing an image, so it's no surprise to me that he admires Obama.

wv conflam

rhhardin said...

Sully Sullenberger Imus real audio this morning, 4 clips.

MadisonMan said...

He comes off more and more School Marmy to me every day.

Especially when he wears those pants.

Ralph L said...

What are your favorite names?
“Ralph” is not one of them.
Obviously demented.

Years ago, my mother gave me one of his pillowcases with "RALPH" in big red letters. I hope she didn't have to buy the "LAUREN" one.

Eric said...

The infinite complexity of Ralph Lauren.

Complexity and incoherency are not the same thing.

Freeman Hunt said...

He makes nice shirts. You can have one of those shirts for 20 years, and it will still look excellent.

John Lynch said...

Eh, Obama is a self-made man. He just re-invented machine politics instead of machines.

Think of internet fund raising as his Reardon Metal.