Friday, September 26, 2008

The abiding image of this financial crisis: TIES

Looking at the picture of Barney Frank and Chris Dodd in the NY Times online this morning, the first thing that struck me was their ties. In a somber setting, in their otherwise somber attire, both men were wearing colorful ties. In other pictures taken during recent days, the flash of color from the participants' ties has been striking.

Could this be because the only female participant in this crisis and its attendant negotiations is Nancy Pelosi? We've gotten used to seeing women's more colorful clothing balancing men's ties in political photographs. But during this financial crisis, women participants have been on the downlow. So the little flaps of colorful fabric men wear around their necks have to bear the burden of distinguishing one dark-suited pol from another. The bursts of red and blue, paisley (not so much) stripes (proving popular) provide the sole contrast to the dark suits worn during this time of crisis.

Take a look:

Mitch Dumke/Reuters

Brendan Smialowski for The New York Times

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