Obama Delivers Economic Stimulus, Repeats Neckties

White House Photo: Pete Souza
After decades of intensive training, years of strategy development, months of planning, weeks of negotiation, and ten seconds of penning, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act this week in Denver, CO. The passage represents an important symbolic victory for a President who took office amidst an economic [...]

Obama’s First Eleven Days in Neck Ties

In late January, The New York Daily News put out an analysis of Obama’s neck ties for his first eleven days in office. They concluded that “when it comes to his ties — one of the best ways a man can beam individuality — the nation’s 44th President hasn’t stuck his neck out. All [...]

Obama No Silver Lining Tie

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was passed last week, and on Friday President Obama trumpeted the achievement in his fourth weekly address to the nation. From the address:
Congress has passed my economic recovery plan – an ambitious plan at a time we badly need it. It will save or create more [...]

Obama Town Meeting Series Neck Ties

White House Photo: Pete Souza
President Obama made a series of appearances this week in Town Hall style meetings where he tried to win broad public support for his ailing economic stimulus plan. Because, like fairies, stimulus plans can only survive if you believe in them. It’s Neverlandian democracy in action.
Obama’s only other recourse [...]

Obama ‘Hurry Up, So That We Can Wait’ Neck Wear

In his third weekly address to the nation since taking office, President Barack Obama spoke on the need to act post haste on the stimulus package even if the bill isn’t quite right. From the video:
Legislation of such magnitude deserves the scrutiny that it’s received over the last month, and it will receive more [...]

Obama Implements Neck Tie Reuse Plan, Reaches Lucky Thirteen

White House Photo: Joyce N. Boghosian
This week, for the first time since taking office, Barack Obama began regular reuse of ties that he had already worn this term, a move which is at once being hailed as a signal that the time for negligent waste is past, and dismissed as a partisan fashion faux pas [...]

Obama Empathetic Storytelling Tie

President Barack Obama, our teacher, storyteller, and secret lover, appeared in his second weekly video address to the nation in the early hours of Saturday morning.  This week he spoke on the aftermath of last year’s Wall Street bailouts. From the video:
Behind every statistic there’s a story. Many Americans have seen their lives turned upside [...]

Obama Pentagon Visit Tie

Original Photo Credit: Reuters/Jim Young
During his campaign, Barack Obama was constantly detailing his plans to address the single most important problem facing Americans, an issue that we at Neck of State summarize as iraqeconoeduhealthenercation. On Wednesday, he made a stop at the Pentagon to show his vested interest in addressing the country’s other single most [...]

Obama Economic Stimulus Tie

Original Photo Credit: Reuters/Larry Downing
While on Capitol Hill Wednesday, Barack Obama made a stop with congressional Representatives to push his economic stimulus plan. His choice of a solid, shiny, and red tie is meant to convey the urgency of the brutal economic storm that the United States will face if Congress doesn’t act quicker than [...]

Obama Automobile Standards Tie

Original Photo Credit: Getty Images/Mark Wilson
On Monday President Obama signed an executive order enabling fourteen states to set strict limits on greenhouse gas emissions and fuel efficiency for cars and trucks. Pictured above behind Obama is Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, who is actually really psyched about this development.
The symbolism in Monday’s tie choice [...]