When goofy hats come back to bite you…

July 23, 2010

CLINTON

“Okay, big smile now, Chelsea!”

“Jeez Mom, I don’t think posing in these comical hats is such a good idea.”

chelsea painting this 360“It’s CONICAL, not comical, Chelsea. And why not?”

“Think about it, Ma. It’s only the year 2000. You’re still young.

“What if  you come back to Vietnam 10 years from now and some bozo has turned this picture into a grotesquely tacky painting with gems, and they try to make you pose with it?”

“Look Chelsea, I’ll be the president by then, and the Secret Service will keep goofballs like that miles away from me…”

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Top: U.S. first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and daughter Chelsea wear traditional hats during a visit to Phu Tang Village outside Hanoi November 17, 2000. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Right: Vietnam’s Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem (L) presents a painting to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) in Hanoi, July 22, 2010. The painting, made with gemstones, features Clinton and her daughter Chelsea wearing traditional conical hats.  REUTERS/Stringer

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That is a priceless look on Hillary’s face – kind of a “can you believe they did this and are making me pose with it?” look.

Interesting how they changed the building and painted the dude out of the picture. Artistic liberty?

Not members of the White Hat conspiracy, however. That’s a relief. I guess.

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But they could be the sister concern of the White Hats, Dave… the Conical Hats!!
Though really… gemstones? Doesnt the Vietnamese gubberment have anything better to do????

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Coneheads, nice.

@Dave … not so sure, maybe the OFF-White Hat conspiracy.

Rice doughnut, anyone?

Posted by justCAM | Report as abusive

hahahaha a girly awwwee from a man on this one LOL :D

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

And just why would you do that Fwd???

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Hats off to the artist of this Hilary-ous painting.
We Chel-sea if someone wants to bid on eBay for it.

Posted by zeitgeist | Report as abusive

Completely off topic … I wonder if BP has thought of going into the fish oil supplement business? Seems like a natural to me … plenty of supply.

Posted by justCAM | Report as abusive

@Shra: I have to ask my feminine side… :-P

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

Ten years huh, that’s quite a long time to complete a paint-by-numbers.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Everyone I know has some goofy pictures they show around, when you are as famous as the Clintons this is how you do that.

I like Hillary and Chelsea, great people who have worked hard and become successful, they are good examples of the social mobility that has made the U.S. a great place to live.

Posted by jstaf | Report as abusive

Could the man not paint curly hair?

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

@Crowgirl: Good question. According to the artistes of my acquaintance, curly hair is difficult to paint. Also hands and feet of non-Egyptians. Also tear drops on saucer-eyed kids. Also Elvis, except on velvet.

Posted by ladylala | Report as abusive

Peter Paul Reubens didn’t seem to have trouble painting curly hair. Can’t say I really appreciate his paintings, but he makes a great sandwich!

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

I used to have one of those hats. It was like a walking sunshade. Especially useful for the melanin challenged, like myself.

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