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Sep012014

Biden Says Workers Deserve Fair Share In A Sebonack Shirt

Like something concocted by the writers of HBO's superb Veep, the current Vice President Joe Biden made an impassioned speech on Labor Day, telling Detroit-area union members that they deserve their fair share and stuck "with populist themes" according to this WXYZ report.

Not mentioned in the report? The veep was wearing a golf shirt with the logo of Sebonack, 2013 U.S. Women's Open host, seemingly extra-fine club, but most definitely a club costing upwards of a half-million dollars to join in the early years of its existence. And I'm guessing there hasn't been a reduction in these tough economic times for the down-on-their-luck Hamptons set.

Thanks to reader Todd for noticing this.

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so, what's your point? people can't talk about populist themes wearing certain clothing? or does the logo bother you?
09.2.2014 | Unregistered CommenterPlay It Forward
Geoff,

Your sense of hypocrisy was accurate, but the discrepancy of wealth not quite. Sebonack's initiation was NEVER less than $750,000 in the first few years.
09.2.2014 | Unregistered CommenterDeputy Dawg
At least he wasn't wearing a tan suit!
09.2.2014 | Unregistered Commentern
Well, it does seem like a contradiction that a politician emotionally giving a speech advocating the rights of a workforce union was actually, at that time, wearing a shirt that is predominantly worn by members of a high-end golf club. However, it does not also say that a person used to luxury or more comfortable living does not genuinely care about the plight of others. It is after all not a fault to be born in the family wherein you were born into. I also think other factors, like the shirt might have been a gift, should also be taken into consideration. The choice of clothing hardly defines a man resolutely. I am not a fan or a supporter, but the underlying topic being fairness, I believe we should also extend that to him. This incident, I'm inclined to think, is more of a lesson in prudence. It serves to remind us to exercise this in all our affairs.
09.2.2014 | Unregistered CommenterJames Schiller
Definitely a joke for Veep...for sure! All that was needed was to send an intern to Bethpage and buy an XL shirt off the rack.


Politicians...You can't with live with em...now pass the beernuts.
09.2.2014 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
It doesn't matter if the Veep cares about workers (he doesn't). The only thing that matters are optics and in this case optics are only bad if you know about Sebonak. Very few in general media know Sebonak, and the ones that do (Matt Lauer) probably have a shirt just like Joe and will keep their mouth shut. He will get a pass on this poor choice, unlike Barry yukking it up on a course after trying to make a serious speech about ISIS. Both of them need smarter handlers.
"Both of them need smarter handlers."

Or perhaps less superficial constituents who don't obsess about optics at the expense of ignoring the content of their statements.
09.2.2014 | Unregistered CommenterScrambler
He clearly was honoring the hard working grounds staff at the Seb.

You guys are so negative.
@Scrambler - Yes because people are still focused on Bush's comments and not how he hit his drive.
09.2.2014 | Unregistered CommenterMattS
Wait was it a 2013 U.S. Women's Open Sebonack logo, or just a plain Sebonack logo? Because let's be honest, the former is actually a smart move on his part
09.2.2014 | Unregistered Commentergolfboy
Wearing a shirt?? someone needs to buff up on their definition of hypocrisy.
Even if he was of the money'd class, (which Martin's post shows he's not) that does not preclude one from speaking for those who are not. A real money'd snob would never be heard in public talking up the plight of the less fortunate, or 'gasp' the working class, they sit in their drawing rooms dreaming up ways to take more away from them.
Maybe Joe played the course once and got a shirt from the pro shop, like so many of us working class slobs who visit a place once, then cling to the memory by wearing the shirt once in a while.
09.2.2014 | Unregistered CommenterPress Agent
scrambler- It is always about the optics. Content is compromised if optics are bad, happens all the time.
Let me rephrase... "I'm an awesome dude, because I am advocating giving you Other People's Money."
09.2.2014 | Unregistered CommenterForeright!
I absolutely love the Veep reference and can absolutely see Selina M. pulling a stunt like this. I obviously don't know much about Biden, where he golfs, etc. but I live in the District and frequent the East Potomac Driving range owned by the Parks Department. It’s about as far from Sebonack as one can possibly get and I have run into Biden twice hitting balls at the range with his large group of assistants (Secret Service). East Potomac is the type of place you pay $5 for a token, get a 50 extremely worn range balls, and hit off concrete hard mats. I thought it was pretty cool to see the VP working on his game at a place like this, crowded with everyone from beginners to those who grind it out on those mats every night working on their swing. Just thought it was worth a mention.
09.2.2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlex H
C'mon Biden is so working class he doesn't even know where the shirt is from. Solidarity!
09.2.2014 | Unregistered CommenterRon
@Alex: East Potomac is DC's melting pot. I've seen all sorts there, including elected officials. I know members of clubs outside of the beltway who sneak down there for a bucket after work because it's easier than getting to their club in time to hit one. As for the range, the mats aren't terrible, and the spacious stalls are actually fairly nice, although the weird gravel on the lower deck is still baffling. But, to me the thing is that the range itself is astroturf. A well struck short iron to the target greens can bounce 40 feet in the air.
09.2.2014 | Unregistered CommenterThe O
If he was a Republican, like 90% of the members of Sebonack, would this be noticed? Ignored? My guess is that it would be quietly celebrated.
09.2.2014 | Unregistered Commentertlavin
This barely registers on the Populist Politician Hypocrisy Scale.
09.2.2014 | Unregistered CommenterWillie
I'm not surprised at the liberal defense of this goon...but it's funny to note these same people LAMBLASTED Romeny's wife for EVERYTHING she wore only to let Michelle's wardrobe go un priced (usually higher than Anne's) It's just so hypocritical and typical of the left to defend everyting the Dems (especially this group) does but to mock and harass others who do the same thing. This guy is a joke and to claim other wise is funny.
09.2.2014 | Unregistered Commenterginamero
My son gets a lot of great looking golf shirts from exclusive clubs at Goodwill. What is your point? I think this is one of the weirdest and most ill advised posts I have ever seen on this site.
09.2.2014 | Unregistered Commenterebrumby
Rumor has it Biden has been proposed for membership at Wilmington CC.
09.2.2014 | Unregistered CommenterPABoy
He's a member of Sebonack. Whether he actually paid to join is another question...
09.2.2014 | Unregistered CommenterC
I sort of thought that Joe Biden was clueless.... Now I am sure that he is.
09.2.2014 | Unregistered CommenterGreg V
There are dozens of legitimate reasons to mock the "plagiarizer in chief", so his shirt selection might be a bit clueless, so what....he has been the purist liar (oxymoron for a moron) in an administration of professional liars. The warm story of him heading over to the range with his secret service entourage only reinforces my belief that golf soothes the soul of everyone, even those who would lie without remorse.
09.2.2014 | Unregistered Commentermcaron
mcaron=--

yes, now which administration didn't have a cadre of liers?

biden is ok, in a fleet of none are ok'ers.
09.3.2014 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth

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