Harry Reid: We should seriously “burn” those Olympic uniforms

posted at 4:01 pm on July 12, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

The U.S. Olympic Committee forged a partnership with Ralph Lauren to design the uniforms that our representative athletes will wear for the opening ceremonies of the Olympics in London this August. Ralph Lauren just recently rolled out the 2012 Olympic collection, and the opening ceremony outfits are causing a bit of a stir.

Firstly, there are a few folks complaining that the overall feel of the uniforms, and the berets in particular, isn’t very patriotic. I don’t know that I’d say the outfits (the ladies’ skirts and shoes especially, yikes) are exactly my favorite thing I’ve ever seen, but I totally get the classic, vintage idea of it. Ralph Lauren is an iconic American brand; they’ve been designing outfits of over-the-top collar-poppin’ preppiness for ages, and they’ve always demonstrated a solid penchant for anglophiliac, old-school campus-inspired influences — I think the duds are actually pretty appropriate for London. This isn’t about practicality, it’s about high fashion and letting Ralph Lauren show off their brand. This is a privately-funded endeavor, and as long as there are no midriffs or Che Guevara emblems or whatever showing, I say let the Olympic Committee dress up the athletes how they like.

But the real outcry of outrageous outrage is coming from the fact that the outfits weren’t manufactured in America. Please, spare us:

Reid, D-Nev., made the remarks following reports that China has already taken gold from America by manufacturing the uniforms Team USA will wear during the opening ceremonies.

“I think the Olympic Committee should be ashamed,” Reid told reporters on Capitol Hill. He said they should “burn” the current uniforms, and would rather America’s athletes wear shirts with “USA” hand-painted on them. …

“And they should be wearing uniforms made in America,” Pelosi said.

Boehner, meanwhile, said: “You’d think they’d know better.” …

The company, in a statement, said the outfits aim to embody “the spirit of American athleticism and sportsmanship.”

Reality check: Americans don’t make clothing anymore, we just design it. 98 percent of clothing purchased in the United States is imported from abroad. Check your clothes, ’cause all of them likely carry an overseas label. And why is the fact that we don’t do everything in the United States — in other words, that we have an advanced and specialized economy — supposed to be a bad thing? Of course, our political leaders won’t say this, lest they appear “unpatriotic” (heaven forbid they stand up against the populist “buy American” fallacy that in practice can be a detractor to economic growth).

Maybe this is supposed to be a about some misplaced sense of “pride,” but sorry, I’m damn proud of our economy and of our ability to compete and cooperate in a global market. I actually agree with Harry Reid on one point: It would be kind of awesome if our athletes just wore “USA!”-emblazoned t-shirts and walked in to the ceremonies while fist-pumping. But, these situations do require a certain level of decorum out of respect for the other attendees and the gravity of it all, and these uniforms definitely communicate that.

Honestly, you could just as well argue that President Obama is at all times the chief representative of the United States — I didn’t hear Harry Reid saying we should burn Obama’s Canadian-made Ground Force One bus last summer, and that was paid for with tax dollars.


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…we should literally burn Harry Reid…and I don’t mean in effigy!

KOOLAID2 on July 12, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Berets…

*facepalm*

catmman on July 12, 2012 at 4:38 PM

I agree with both Reid and Pelosi “Burn Them”. Those are some lame costumes. Did Ralph Lauren get his inspiration from South West Airline’s hostess uniforms?

Dr Evil on July 12, 2012 at 4:37 PM

No. They are French Che unisex idiotic leftist outfits.

Pelosi and Reid love them. They’re just hypocrites ‘against’ China, in the election season.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Fugly uniforms, stupid politicians. In other words, it’s Thursday.

HeckOnWheels on July 12, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Eh. Broken analog clocks are right twice a day. I’ll concur with Reid on this one, although my beef is they evoke a sense of fascism from when fascism was militaristic — not a thing I’d want to see amateur athletes wearing given the current administration.

apostic on July 12, 2012 at 4:34 PM

If I ran into them, I would be asking them if they could check my baggage. They look like flight attendants not athletes. Apparently Lauren has been flying commercial lately.

Dr Evil on July 12, 2012 at 4:42 PM

canopfor on July 12, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Wait, isn’t Lauren’s son married to Bush’s niece or something? It is Bush’s fault!/

talkingpoints on July 12, 2012 at 4:36 PM

talkingpoints:Ugh,..see,I knew it!(sarc).

canopfor on July 12, 2012 at 4:42 PM

canopfor on July 12, 2012 at 4:33 PM

count on it…

cmsinaz on July 12, 2012 at 4:43 PM

I think they’re pretty classy duds, especially for the intended venue. Nice move, committee. Plus if it gets Reid & Pelosi’s dander up, all the better!

KS Rex on July 12, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Berets…

*facepalm*

catmman on July 12, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Wait, you haven’t gotten yours yet? It comes in the new Citizen Packets. Along with the “If you see something, say something” posters and everything.

I like mine. :)

(Too much? — Mood.)

Axe on July 12, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Who the hell cares?

Optimus Prime on July 12, 2012 at 4:44 PM

they look gay…not that there’s anything wrong with that /

DanMan on July 12, 2012 at 4:45 PM

No. They are French Che unisex idiotic leftist outfits.

Pelosi and Reid love them. They’re just hypocrites ‘against’ China, in the election season.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Reid and Pelosi are complaining that the uniforms weren’t made in the USA, but they have no problem with Obama touring in a campaign bus made in Canada.

Meanwhile those Olympic athletes are wondering what they did to deserve being dressed like flight hostesses.

Dr Evil on July 12, 2012 at 4:45 PM

OK, but what are the straight athletes wearing?

tomg51 on July 12, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Optimus Prime on July 12, 2012 at 4:44 PM

:)

cmsinaz on July 12, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Berets…

*facepalm*

catmman on July 12, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Please stand and listen, and try not to tear up during the last verse.

Fallon on July 12, 2012 at 4:47 PM

I don’t know that I’d say the outfits (the ladies’ skirts and shoes especially, yikes) are exactly my favorite thing I’ve ever seen, but I totally get the classic, vintage idea of it

As a guy, I have to concur. We’re going to put our female athletes, the finest in the world, in a frumpy skirt, saddle shoes, and bobby socks.

Really? That’s a crying shame.

What’s next, giving them British Teeth?

WisRich on July 12, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Berets…

*facepalm*

catmman on July 12, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Well, as a viewer pointed out on FOX & Friends yesterday, the Green Berets and special forces wear berets.

But I don’t like them, either, for the Olympians. they look too “French” or something.

UltimateBob on July 12, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Good, bad or ugly, I just think that they should at least have been made in the U.S. and not China, really how much more would it have cost?

right2bright on July 12, 2012 at 4:50 PM

The Green Berets are very patriotic. Special ops, folks.

John the Libertarian on July 12, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Well, as a viewer pointed out on FOX & Friends yesterday, the Green Berets and special forces wear berets.

But I don’t like them, either, for the Olympians. they look too “French” or something.

UltimateBob on July 12, 2012 at 4:49 PM

I thought that berets were now standard issue in the Army, so they could all feel special … even if they weren’t in the Special Forces?

OhEssYouCowboys on July 12, 2012 at 4:52 PM

“American athleticism” in a stupid beret? I don’t think so. As far as American-made, the time for that discussion was before the order was placed. But Harry Reid doesn’t much care about wasting other people’s money.

indyvet on July 12, 2012 at 4:52 PM

I have no problem with the beret. We’ve used them before.

WisRich on July 12, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Pic of the Day: Comrades in Arms

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/07/pic-of-day-comrades-in-arms.html

M2RB: Barry White, live at the Midnight Special

Resist We Much on July 12, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Meanwhile those Olympic athletes are wondering what they did to deserve being dressed like flight hostesses.

Dr Evil on July 12, 2012 at 4:45 PM

One more reason not to watch. They truly look disgusting.

I feel sorry for the ladies who have to put them on.

Next time they might have them in burkas.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Why does comparative and absolute advantage escape so many people?

JohnGalt23 on July 12, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Really surprised there is not a symbol, patch or something with “Obama” on the uniform.

albill on July 12, 2012 at 4:55 PM

As a guy, I have to concur. We’re going to put our female athletes, the finest in the world, in a frumpy skirt, saddle shoes, and bobby socks.

Really? That’s a crying shame.

What’s next, giving them British Teeth?

WisRich on July 12, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Whatever it takes, these beautiful female athletes CANNOT be allowed to look better than the Mooch !

burrata on July 12, 2012 at 4:56 PM

togas- what’s wrong with togas?

and the naked- what’s wrong with the naked? that’s the traditional olympic outfit:sky clad.

i’ve been seeing young women wearing saddle shoes lately. dear. god. no. i’ve barely recovered from the cruelest of shoes, uggs, and someone went all ‘happy days’ again.

and men in clam diggers. bearded men in clam diggers… shudder.

mittens on July 12, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Wow, I couldn’t disagree more…with Erika, and agree with Harry!

Berets? In London? The English hate everything French…sure the British tank units wore black berets in WWII, but that was more for praticality…

Ugliest Olympic uniforms evah!

kirkill on July 12, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Don’t anyone fall for Reid’s schtick. He’s hoping to confiscate the berets and skirts for himself.

LetsBfrank on July 12, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Uh oh, there’s even a Team U.S.A. Olympic uniform and a hoodie for dogs.

Fallon on July 12, 2012 at 4:57 PM

I saw a girl a couple of days ago with that Polo logo tatoo’d on her chest. I LoL’d. I see laser treatments in someone’s future. And yeah, those uniforms are ugly.

bitsy on July 12, 2012 at 4:57 PM

I thought that berets were now standard issue in the Army, so they could all feel special … even if they weren’t in the Special Forces?

OhEssYouCowboys on July 12, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Yep they went to berets, because of General Shinseki before he retired from the Army. You remember Shinseki he wanted to charge wounded solider’s third party insurance companies for their health care coverage.

American Legion commander “angered” after meeting Obama
Apparently, the Obama administration hasn’t backed away from its plans to start offloading costs for wounded veterans to third-party insurance, which will make acquiring such insurance nearly impossible.

Dr Evil on July 12, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Yachtsmen’s caps. Yes. Definitely yachtsmen’s caps. With optional flairs.

Seth Halpern on July 12, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Hey Hairy, at least China buys our bonds. Most of that stuff is made in Vietnam these days.

Cicero43 on July 12, 2012 at 4:58 PM

In the meanwhile, for legals and the illegals, the feds peddle more foodstamps, en Espanol, with novellas.

Reid and Pelosi have their priorities, theft by thuggery.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2012 at 4:58 PM

The slogan for the thread picture should be:

Are we not men?

OhEssYouCowboys on July 12, 2012 at 4:35 PM

We are Devo.

;)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 12, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2012 at 4:55 PM

It’s almost like Ralph Lauren was making some kind of statement, but not a nice one.

Dr Evil on July 12, 2012 at 5:00 PM

See what happens when Romney’s not running the Olympics! ;-)

kirkill on July 12, 2012 at 5:00 PM

flight hostesses.

That’s just offensive. It’s Aerial Cocktail Engineer.

LetsBfrank on July 12, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Dr Evil on July 12, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Ty, Dr.

The recesses of my mind recalled the feelings of “special,” that these berets were supposed to bring.

UNbelievable.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 12, 2012 at 5:01 PM

I like the uniforms except the berets. Cowboy hats were too much? kidding.

But seriously…. $598 for the women’s ceremonial Olympic blazer. Wowza. Not in my budget.

Btw–nice post Erika.

conservative pilgrim on July 12, 2012 at 5:01 PM

..if that makes you feel better, Stella McCartney designed the British Olympic team uniforms rendering the Union Jack in blue and blue instead of blue and red, and she came under fire for it too…they’re artists, that’s what they they do for a living, distort reality, it’s more fun and….unique like that :-)…at a second glance, I think the berets look très chic on the male athletes too :-)…besides, don’t forget the British SAS uniforms comes complete with berets, and those dudes don’t look too feminine or ‘French’ to me :-)…and so do the US Army Rangers uniforms, some airborne units and special forces groups, USAF pararescue specialists, tactical air control officers and the USAF security forces and so on…so there, chill, the berets don’t ‘steal’ the masculinity from our athletes, au contraire, they ad to it :-)…

jimver on July 12, 2012 at 5:01 PM

So, not only are the uniforms kind of ghey, the full dress uniforms will have the Lauren polo player logo on them? How cheesy is that?

I could understand the logo, perhaps, on their performance clothing, but on the formal outfits, no.

TXUS on July 12, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Yachtsmen’s caps. Yes. Definitely yachtsmen’s caps. With optional flairs.

Seth Halpern on July 12, 2012 at 4:58 PM

that too…good one, didn’t think about it till now…

jimver on July 12, 2012 at 5:02 PM

We are Devo.

;)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 12, 2012 at 4:59 PM

;O)

OhEssYouCowboys on July 12, 2012 at 5:03 PM

So we have a giant Ralph Lauren “Polo” logo on the breast pocket – A freakin’ “Polo” logo and no US Olympic Team crest or logo?

Sheesh!

The berets are a hold over from the Olympics a few years ago – not creative on Ralphie’s part at all. And his “interpretation” of them falls flat.

Not a fan.

Hill60 on July 12, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Remember the Olympics are in London where they’re more prim & proper than the US. Given that context, the skirts are fine. The berets? Not so much.

conservative pilgrim on July 12, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Harry, how about we burn your impending $4.9 billion loan from the Obama administration, er, taxpayers for your DesertXpress, which will be fitted with Bombardier rail cars MADE IN CANADA…like Obama’s bus?

Resist We Much on July 12, 2012 at 5:04 PM

See what happens when Romney’s not running the Olympics! ;-)

kirkill on July 12, 2012 at 5:00 PM

10/10 for perfect HA comment. :)

Axe on July 12, 2012 at 5:04 PM

See what happens when Romney’s not running the Olympics! ;-)

kirkill on July 12, 2012 at 5:00 PM

looool :-)

jimver on July 12, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Hmm, Ralph Lauren, what’ wrong with Polo shirts? egad…

kirkill on July 12, 2012 at 5:05 PM

These uniforms have a blue-white-and-red patch, like the
French chef’s wear ,
not red-white-and-blue …..

burrata on July 12, 2012 at 5:06 PM

I thought they were mostly okay. After all, they’re uniforms and uniforms are usually pretty dorky.
But…
Now that Nancy and Dingy Harry hate ‘em, those uniforms are looking better and better to me!

marybel on July 12, 2012 at 5:06 PM

AAARGHH!! Ice cube out the nose!! Damn, that hurts!!!

CurtZHP on July 12, 2012 at 4:37 PM

;O)

OhEssYouCowboys on July 12, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Harry, how about we burn your impending $4.9 billion loan from the Obama administration, er, taxpayers for your DesertXpress, which will be fitted with Bombardier rail cars MADE IN CANADA…like Obama’s bus?

Resist We Much on July 12, 2012 at 5:04 PM

OMG, those bombardiers crap are noisier than my espresso machine :-)…took one once from seattle to vancouver and at times it felt like I was ‘riding’ directly on the engine :-)…

jimver on July 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Pic of the Day: Comrades in Arms

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/07/pic-of-day-comrades-in-arms.html

M2RB: Barry White, live at the Midnight Special

Resist We Much on July 12, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Side note….in the Barry White video, check out the conductor behind him. WTF is up with that? A hip orchestra leader? It occurred to me, long about the 4th stanza, that is nothing hip about waving a small stick around in the around, which sorta turns this into an SNL-level event.

BobMbx on July 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

jimver on July 12, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Puh. They are ghey bag hats. I can’t keep the military from using them, but the honor is underneath them. On everyone else, except possibly cute bohemian chicks — ghey bag hats.

Frenchie. :)

Axe on July 12, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Berets…

*facepalm*

catmman on July 12, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Give me a cowboy hat and boots any day. Those symbolize the USA worldwide. No one would ask who that group of athletes is.

(Cowboy hats and boots are probably impractical for Special Forces. Would cammo helmets been better?)

KenInIL on July 12, 2012 at 5:09 PM

After all, they’re uniforms and uniforms are usually pretty dorky.
But…
Now that Nancy and Dingy Harry hate ‘em, those uniforms are looking better and better to me!

marybel on July 12, 2012 at 5:06 PM

You must not have ever seen a USMC Service Dress Blue in person. It is a startling uniform (and I’m former Navy guy…cracker jacks looked great, but, man….getting in and out of those wool things was murder).

BobMbx on July 12, 2012 at 5:10 PM

See what happens when Romney’s not running the Olympics! ;-)

kirkill on July 12, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Love it. Team Romney really does need to tout his Olympics success.

LetsBfrank on July 12, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Pic of the Day: Comrades in Arms

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/07/pic-of-day-comrades-in-arms.html

M2RB: Barry White, live at the Midnight Special

Resist We Much on July 12, 2012 at 4:54 PM

lol — wow!

Axe on July 12, 2012 at 5:11 PM

The hats look like something Mussolini would wear. What a clusterfark.

Ward Cleaver on July 12, 2012 at 5:12 PM

With a nehru collar they’ll be ready to wear their “medallions”

tomg51 on July 12, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Our unies should have WWII helmets, two pearl handled revolvers in a low-slung holster, a deer skin jacket with them frills hanging down from the arms, no, check that, ankle-length wool dusters, calico shirts with pearl button snaps, skinny jeans and hip waders.

Just kidding about the hip waders. Cowboy boots of course! And for the females, cowboy girl boots.

Akzed on July 12, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Pearl-handled?!? Only a pimp from a cheap New Orleans whorehouse would carry a pearl-handled pistol.

/patton

Ward Cleaver on July 12, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Side note… in the Barry White video, check out the conductor behind him.

BobMbx on July 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

I love the Ginsu/Enter the Dragon conductor. At the 2:30 mark, he’s money.

Fallon on July 12, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Drop the berets… give them all ten-gallon hats!

gravityman on July 12, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Great. We will look like the Obama Liberation Army.

bigjacket on July 12, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Hey Reid, you can Obama can choose the uniforms when the Olympics come to Chicago…

right2bright on July 12, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Frenchie. :)

Axe on July 12, 2012 at 5:08 PM

aww, yes I am :) they are not really designed like the French berets though :-)…and believe it or not nobody wears those in France :-), save for when the purpose is a vintage look fashion statement coming from one or other of the designers…kinda like what Ralph Lauren did :-)…think SAS and some Israelis special units and you feel instantly better about berets :-)…oh, and to pacify everybody, how’bout Ralph Lauren replace the berets with the Scottish Kilwinning Archer’s bonnet, so much sexier and more masculine :-)

jimver on July 12, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Not 100% sure about this, but I think the Canadian team will be wearing windbreakers, chinos (skirt for women) and sneakers. However the Canadian hat is a unisex modified ball cap and may constitute designer dork. Colours will be the red and white of the Maple Leaf Flag.

I wouldn’t fret too much about the US uniforms. Remember there will be countries like France, Russia and Romania at the ceremonies who will take the medals for dork-ball clothing. The US athletes are going there to win medals not to win a clothing contest and I am sure they will do America proud.

westerncanadian on July 12, 2012 at 5:26 PM

there will be countries like france, Russia and Romania at the ceremonies who will take the medals for dork-ball clothing.

westerncanadian on July 12, 2012 at 5:26 PM

fashion wacist :-)…

jimver on July 12, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Ralph Lauren is an iconic American brand; they’ve been designing outfits of over-the-top collar-poppin’ preppiness for ages, and they’ve always demonstrated a solid penchant for anglophiliac, old-school campus-inspired influences — I think the duds are actually pretty appropriate for London. This isn’t about practicality, it’s about high fashion and letting Ralph Lauren show off their brand. This is a privately-funded endeavor, and as long as there are no midriffs or Che Guevara emblems or whatever showing, I say let the Olympic Committee dress up the athletes how they like.

Privately-funded or not, Ralph Lauren should NOT have put the Polo logo on the uniform. The uniforms should represent the United States of America, not his brand.

And the uniforms themselves resemble the flag of France, not the flag of the USA.

ITguy on July 12, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Sen. Reidiculous oughtta shut up, quit wasting his time on Olympic fashion which is none of his business and do his job of passing a budget.

Anyone hear Huckabee call Senile’s senate the “Jurassic Senate” bcuz it hasn’t moved in two years? He also compared it to an insect locked in amber, standing still for eternity.

stukinIL4now on July 12, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Trucker hat ala Ashton Kutcher.

:P

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 12, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Oh yeah, berets are totally unpatriotic.

..wait a sec

triple on July 12, 2012 at 5:36 PM

And the uniforms themselves resemble the flag of France, not the flag of the USA.

ITguy on July 12, 2012 at 5:31 PM

not so…le drapeau tricolore/drapeau français (the Fremch flag) features three vertical bands coloured royal blue, white and red. Lauren’s scarves have the bands place horizontally, they might look vertical coz of the funny way the scarves are wrapped around their necks, but the bands are definitely horizontal, unlike the ones on the French banner….

jimver on July 12, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Burn ‘em. Yeah. That would really show them. Burning uniforms that we already paid for.

How is that hurting the Chinese, exactly?

osborn4 on July 12, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Burn ‘em. Yeah. That would really show them. Burning uniforms that we already paid for.

How is that hurting the Chinese, exactly?

osborn4 on July 12, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Harry

jimver on July 12, 2012 at 5:42 PM

This kind of looks like Scientology uniforms.

portlandon on July 12, 2012 at 5:42 PM

The uniforms are simply too much hoity-toity uppercrust snobbery for me. Olympic uniforms have been both tastefull and iconically American.

Forgive me if I offend anyone, but this is just too prep-school for me.

And a beret?

itsspideyman on July 12, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Burn ‘em. Yeah. That would really show them. Burning uniforms that we already paid for.

How is that hurting the Chinese, exactly?

osborn4 on July 12, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Harry Reid ‘logic’…umm, nevermind…

jimver on July 12, 2012 at 5:42 PM

My two cents, fwiw…I don’t think the uniforms are bad, I like the clean, tailored look, and i have always liked RL clothes…I just wish that, A, the scarves or ties would have had some stars on them, B, the RL logo wasn’t so ginormous, and C, that the uniforms could have been manufactured anywhere other than China. It’s impossible to find things that haven’t been made in China, but I do my best to find that stuff…maybe that’s just me, but I’m sick of giving money to Cona.

ellifint on July 12, 2012 at 5:43 PM

. . . and get rid of those goofy looking hats. If the U.S. is after the numb nuts award, they’ve got it.

rplat on July 12, 2012 at 5:43 PM

It’s impossible to find things that haven’t been made in China, but I do my best to find that stuff…maybe that’s just me, but I’m sick of giving money to Co[mmunist Chi]na.

ellifint on July 12, 2012 at 5:43 PM

You and me both! Of course, I buy all my clothes* at the Salvation Army, Goodwill, etc… so even if the label says China, it wasn’t the ChiComs who got my money.

*Except socks and underwear. That’s where I draw the line.

Mary in LA on July 12, 2012 at 5:50 PM

C, that the uniforms could have been manufactured anywhere other than China. It’s impossible to find things that haven’t been made in China, but I do my best to find that stuff…maybe that’s just me, but I’m sick of giving money to Cona.

ellifint on July 12, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Me too.

These uniforms represent the U.S. If 98% of our clothing is made overseas, that means that 2% is still made here. I would have given it to Lauren (I guess, just wish it wasn’t so preppy), but I would have asked in all earnest to use American manufacturers.

itsspideyman on July 12, 2012 at 5:50 PM

No one in America raises their children to sew t-shirts.

And if the unions were involved (like the Democrats would want), a t-shirt would cost $100 and that’s for Haynes. Ralph Lauren? $1,000.

NoDonkey on July 12, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Heh, Harry “nuts” Reid lecturing someone about feeling ashamed. When fools live in a basement of turds.

BruthaMan on July 12, 2012 at 6:04 PM

American Legion commander “angered” after meeting Obama

Apparently, the Obama administration hasn’t backed away from its plans to start offloading costs for wounded veterans to third-party insurance, which will make acquiring such insurance nearly impossible.

Dr Evil on July 12, 2012 at 4:57 PM

This story is outrageous; why aren’t Republicans pounding little Bammie into the dirt over this?

slickwillie2001 on July 12, 2012 at 6:04 PM

These uniforms are what you get when you hire a guy to design them who picked a fight with the US Polo Association of the trademark of the name “Polo”

J_Crater on July 12, 2012 at 6:07 PM

The Uniforms are stylish and will probably be worn only once, fortunatly.

The Berets are horid, however, and make the top of the athlete’s heads look like a bit p****.

Lawrence on July 12, 2012 at 6:07 PM

And why is the fact that we don’t do everything in the United States — in other words, that we have an advanced and specialized economy — supposed to be a bad thing? Of course, our political leaders won’t say this, lest they appear “unpatriotic” (heaven forbid they stand up against the populist “buy American” fallacy that in practice can be a detractor to economic growth).

Maybe this is supposed to be a about some misplaced sense of “pride,” but sorry, I’m damn proud of our economy and of our ability to compete and cooperate in a global market.

Right on. You are no Tina Korbe and that is a compliment. You seem like a great addition. But this will make you enemies amongst much of the commentariat here (I can see you being more loathed by the populist majority of posters than AP is, even)!

Daikokuco on July 12, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Just like a democrat to want to burn other peoples’ money…assuming the uniforms are already bought and paid for. Hey, let’s force them to be bought and paid for again.

In future, perhaps consideration should be given to clothing American athletes in American apparel. However, if another country wanted to buy our products for their athletes, we’d almost certainly, and joyfully, take the order. Like everyone is always saying every day, we are operating in a world economy.

My major problem with this uniform is that there seem to be French flags on the berets. Why are the American athletes adorned with tricolors? Where are the stars and stripes?

limmo on July 12, 2012 at 6:08 PM

jimver on July 12, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Around the neck, the stripes are horizontal, but when the scarf comes down the front, the stripes are vertical, and there are no white stars on the blue background, so it ends up looking more suggestive of the French flag, in my opinion.

ITguy on July 12, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Finally. Someone isn’t being suckered into protectionism and is siding with the market.

Dante on July 12, 2012 at 6:10 PM

That comment was a compliment for Erika

Dante on July 12, 2012 at 6:11 PM

But this will make you enemies amongst much of the commentariat here (I can see you being more loathed by the populist majority of posters than AP is, even)!

Daikokuco on July 12, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Yeah, we’re really beating the holy pi$$ out of Erika tonight.

:-/

CurtZHP on July 12, 2012 at 6:15 PM

I like the look! I think it looks slick. But please tell me the one in the middle isn’t wearing a white skirt.

Marcus on July 12, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Honestly, you could just as well argue that President Obama is at all times the chief representative of the United States — I didn’t hear Harry Reid saying we should burn Obama’s Canadian-made Ground Force One bus last summer, and that was paid for with tax dollars.

Good point Erika! I haven’t read any comments yet and this is the first thread. (Been having a discussion with my ISP on costs:-) and other duties.

My impression of the uniforms is that they remind me of the U.N. and nothing of the United States of America.

Regarding Harry Reid; when has he been concerned about the U.S.?
I think because it’s the “Olympics” (read Romney’s connection) is why he’s “outraged”.

bluefox on July 12, 2012 at 6:20 PM

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