It doesn’t take a pair of Obama Jeans to know that we expect our leaders to dress the part. Thankfully, save for the occasional belly baring bathing suit, our Commander in Chief keeps things pretty buttoned up — especially compared to Japan’s embattled Prime Minister, Yukio Hatoyama.
According to CNN, recent polls show that the P.M.’s public approval ratings have bottomed out to a dismal 24 percent — a nine-point drop from a month earlier. So what’s to blame for the free-fall? Realizations of a checkered past? Nope, just one really hideous checkered shirt.
But critics claim the shirt — an offensive multi-colored button down — is evidence that their prime minster is totally passe. “This shirt comes from the ’80s or ’90s,” said one critic. “His ideas and philosophy are old. Japan is facing a crisis and we can’t overcome it with a prime minister like this.”
CNN reports that this is just the latest in a long line of fashion crimes; Hatoyama has also come under fire for wearing mauve coats, and faux pas of faux pas: a pink and heart-patterned blazer. Guess we all can’t be on the same sartorial plane as Kim Jong il.
But we know the Japanese take their fashion pretty seriously, and we’ll give them that the shirt looks like an item last seen whooping it up on the Arsenio Hall show — but this reaction seems a tad extreme.
For his part, Hatoyama says he plans to ride out the storm. “I take it seriously that my approval ratings are down. But I’m not going to quit.”
Take that! Fashion woes aside, he’s too legit too quit.