July 20, 2005

A Washington Flip-Flop scandal

Since the title of this blog is about life in the nation's capital, I'm going to comment on something that really gets me going, as the fellow members of Nats Triple Play will comment on.

Women's flip-flops.

I have long had a single rule on this. "Flip Flops are not going out shoes." They are for the beach, and they are for the shower. They are not, simply not, going out shoes.

So why bring it up? It's managed to cause a flap in DC this time.

Apparently, some of women of the national championship Northwestern University women's lacrosse team, invited to the White House on Tuesday after a 21-0 season, chose to wear flip-flops for their moment to meet the President.

The picture shows four of the nine women in the front row wearing flip-flop sandals wih the President.

I have finally found my example of just too much. Maybe I'm wrong when I say you can't wear them out of the house. Maybe it's debatable at some bars. Maybe I'm wrong when I say you don't wear them to a restaurant. But here, in this example, when you know you are meeting with the President of the United States, it should be very clear that they are not appropriate. You do NOT WEAR FLIP FLOPS to the WHITE HOUSE. The same goes for Congress and the Supreme Court.

The Chicago Tribune has a long article on this.


Watson said...
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Nate said...

The backstory, which gets in the way of Dave's otherwise excellent rant, is that the flip-flops (which were really more like sandals anyway) are to be auctioned off to charity.

I say, if the President can wear cowboy boots, the women's lacrosse team can wear sandals.

Dave said...

I don't believe that the flip-flops were originally going to be auctioned off -- I think the ladies did that in response to the outrage.