Good afternoon, undecided voter(s)! This just in from MTV: Barack Obama doesn't like saggy pants. (It was only a matter of time before he had a boxers or briefs moment of his own.) A viewer wrote in and asked Obama how he felt about an attempted ban on underwear-revealing saggy pants. Obama responded:
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, and anybody, any public official, that is worrying about sagging pants probably needs to spend some time focusing on real problems out there. Having said that, brothers should pull up their pants. You are walking by your mother, your grandmother, your underwear is showing. What's wrong with that? Come on. There are some issues that we face, that you don't have to pass a law, but that doesn't mean folks can't have some sense and some respect for other people and, you know, some people might not want to see your underwear — I'm one of them.
A poignant answer. He did a good job of working his political message in there at the beginning, but how brilliant would it have been if he used saggy pants as a metaphor for a sagging economy? And how if only we pulled our pants up and showed respect for one another we could tear down partisan walls and change not only our pants but the ailments of our great nation?