"Some sort of record in White House puffery was achieved when Tom Vilsack, the secretary of agriculture, joined first lady Michelle Obama to 'help' her plant vegetables in the new White House garden," wrote St. Louis Post Dispatch columnist Kevin Horrigan. He noted how Vilsack wore a suit and tie, and Obama wore "some sort of L.L. Bean-ish, Lands' End-ish pink jacket." Horrigan contends that real gardening attire is "boots, jeans and a T-shirt, all of which you don't care if they get torn and muddy in your fruitless (also vegetable-less) struggle to persuade the soil in your yard to yield something edible."
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