Friday, May 05, 2006

Empty-headed reporter ‘intrigued’ by attire of fake POTUS
In the Oval Office, Pumps and Circumstance

By Robin Givhan
Washington Post Staff Writer

The abrupt end to this season of ABC's "Commander in Chief" means that there will no longer be a designated prime-time slot in which to muse about life with a female president. Geena Davis played President Mackenzie Allen, and it was entertaining to watch her navigate a complicated web of Washington politics and intrigue. The point of "Commander in Chief," of course, was the sex of the title character, but one lesson to take away from the show is that no matter the president's gender, there's always going to be a posse of people on the attack.

Much of what was so interesting about "Commander in Chief" had little to do with the show's story lines in which Davis -- lips pursed, eyes steely and strides long and confident -- would spit out some important fact, incisive question or tough decision. Intellectually, most viewers have little doubt that women can be smart, manipulative, tough and staggeringly ambitious.

It was more intriguing to see what this fictional female president would look like dressed for a day's work in the Oval Office. What would she wear to a state dinner? What sort of attire would she don to address the American people? This wasn't just a parade of fashion; it was the slow crafting of an image to go along with an idea. What does a female president look like? And how does her image square with those of past presidents and the many contenders for the office?…

If the reader ever enters into a debate about the debasement of the Pulitzer Prize, s/he need only shine the spotlight on Ms. Givhan. Her tripe, like the above and found here, garnered this year’s Pulitzer Prize for ‘Criticism’.


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