The President showed a penchant for red dresses and put
on a few different extravagant red gowns during the night. At one point President Bush made the entire cabinet dress up in red dresses and compete in a cabinet beauty contest. It was unclear who got the most votes. It looked like Rumsfield won but after some disagreement with the vote counting Bush won.
Political commentators are saying that Bush and the cabinet buckled under pressure from trouble in Iraq,the failure to find weapons of mass destruction, the economic crisis, etc. “The stress drove them batty at the end–not to say they were not nuts before,” said Washington Post political columnist Barry Ziegenfelter. “Nonetheless, it is amazing to learn that the whole cabinet was made up of transvestites.”
While conservative Republicans are outraged several Democrats are also leery of the President and the cabinet’s motives for having a transvestite ball. “We saw that in Bush’s last week as president he was desperate about leaving a with a good impression and a favorable legacy,” says Democratic congressional aid Putney McBlingom. “But as the polls attest–everyone still hates him. Perhaps he thought at least he could gain favor with gays and transvestites.”
Bucey Tuchoos, a hair dresser from Miami, Florida who likes to wear women’s clothing had mixed reactions, “Although I applaud Bush’s taste in clothing and his reaching out to the transvestite community, the fact is that he opposed gay marriage. President Bush did seem to relish in red dresses. Perhaps Democrats should dress up in women’s clothing and out-do the Republicans. While Michelle Obama looked very elegant at the inauguration I would love even more to see Barack Obama in a dress.”
Others like Psychologist Herbert Hoonvee say that, “Perhaps there were no political motivations in having a White House blow out drag ball. They managed to keep the party off limits to most of the press. Their motives for having a transvestite ball underscore a deep seated psychological need. Often highly successful and powerful men are driven by unusual sexual proclivities. Throughout history powerful leaders are marked by their unusual sexual preferences and behaviors. We only have to look at Bill Clinton and J. Edgar Hoover to know this. Many historians have uncovered evidence that other past Presidents and government leaders engaged in bizarre sexual behaviour.
The Bush camp is saying nothing about the episode except for a brief press memo that stated, “There is nothing odd or unusual about a little clowning around and dressing up in funny clothes. Even presidents and cabinet members like to have a little fun once in a while–and to look glamorous.”