Miles Perkins, 20, wears jeans showing his underwear in New York. In many cities, there is a growing movement to make it illegal to wear pants so low that the boxers show. (Photo by Hiroko Masuike / The New York Times)
In a Der Speigel interview with Congressman John Lewis:
SPIEGEL: Has there been any change in the African-American community brought on by his presidency?
Lewis: He has instilled a sense of hope. People need hope. I’ll give you an example: I have a Congressional colleague from California who, out on the street one day, saw a young black man, as is the fashion these days, with his pants hanging down, showing his underwear. This young lady said to the man: “Pull up your pants. Son, pull up your pants for Barack Obama.”
And do you know what happened next?
The man pulled up his pants.
So inspirational! So profound!
“Having said that, brothers should pull up their pants,” he declared. “You are walking by your mother, your grandmother, your underwear is showing. What’s wrong with that? Come on.”
“Some people might not want to see your underwear – I’m one of them,” he added.
“Here is my attitude. I think people passing a law against people wearing sagging pants is a waste of time. We should be focused on creating jobs, improving our schools, health care, dealing with the war in Iraq.”
“Any public official that is worrying about sagging pants probably needs to spend some time focusing on real problems out there,”
And what should presidents do about sagging poll numbers and the “real problems out there”?
Obama in 2009, encouraging our young people that they don’t have to have their pants sagging down to be somebody:
Students at some historically black colleges say they began rebelling against such crimes of fashion long before Obama spoke up. But they also say that Obama’s grace and fashion flair on the campaign trail has made it easier to persuade other young blacks to trade street sloppy for business cool.
And now that Obama is the president, his coolly elegant style is helping galvanize an evolving hip-hop generation backlash against thuggish or sloppy attire.
See the report on Obama’s impact on dress in the Los Angeles Times and here:
Referring to sagging pants, Obama told an MTV audience on Nov. 2: “You are walking by your mother, your grandmother, your underwear is showing. Come on … some people might not want to see your underwear – I’m one of them.”
Williams, a well-dressed senior, said he was heartened by Obama’s comments.
“We’re all looking to him for guidance,” Williams said. “He sends a message that you don’t have to be walking around with your pants hanging down to be somebody.”
What a beautiful message!
Pull up your pants, America….
A former fetus, the “wordsmith from nantucket” was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1968. Adopted at birth, wordsmith grew up a military brat. He achieved his B.A. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles (graduating in the top 97% of his class), where he also competed rings for the UCLA mens gymnastics team. The events of 9/11 woke him from his political slumber and malaise. Currently a personal trainer and gymnastics coach.
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