When two White House aides last weekend stripped off their shirts
for an afternoon of drinking with friends at a Georgetown bar, there
was widespread agreement that it exposed something — beyond the
pectorals of speechwriter Jon Favreau and press aide Tommy Vietor —
about Washington in the age of Barack Obama.
There was no agreement about what that something was.
Conservative critics said it showed the young Obama crowd needs to get
a clue. By these lights, the bare-chested drinking showed the aides
acting like — and, thanks to a photo posted on the Web, looking like —
frat boys in the midst of two wars and the Gulf oil spill.
West Wing defenders said it showed Obama bashers need to get a life. Do
they really have nothing better to carp about than a couple of friends
enjoying a day off?