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Men Without Hats

Several readers protested when I criticized Vice President Cheney's inappropriate attire at the Auschwitz ceremonies, arguing that he shouldn't be expected to wear a formal overcoat and structured hat since he's got a heart problem. (These readers seem not to know how men dressed for cold weather a generation ago, let alone when Cheney was a child.) In an article that doesn't mention Cheney's attire, historian Deborah Lipstadt reminds us why putting comfort above ceremony was particularly inappropriate for this occasion. (She also gets in a line about blogging from the plane.)

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