But still – don’t these guys have some rudimentary level of image advisors?
They had a gallery today of Gadhafi (or whatever they’re transliterating it to today) and his “fashion choices” over the years. It looked like a bad cross between Ali G and a transvestite. And what’s wrong with his face/mouth? Whatever it is is not enhanced by that ratty beardlike fungus.
Does anyone else in Libya dress like that? Why don’t people laugh out loud (other than fear of being shot, which I guess is kind of a big reason)?
More broadly, what’s with the dubious sartorial choices of dictators in general? Can’t some North Korean spy inform the leadership that the pervy smoked aviator shades are about 50% of the entire reason no one takes Kim Jong Il seriously? Does Fidel really think he’s projecting “statesmanlike” by appearing in a polyester track-suit?
Even if they don’t have to care about the “electorate,” isn’t there some personal hubris that would tell them funny facial hair and naff clothing choices diminish their stature? You have to know when those guys go to meet with allies for a photo op where the other six guys are wearing nice suits or proper military uniforms, that the other six guys are biting their lip to keep from laughing at their pajamas or whatever.