Think Progress wrote a news story about Tea Party something, presumably Michael Steele-related but who knows, and in the process, unearthed the Greatest Photo and Caption of Our Time or Any Other: It is of Michael Steele’s lapels wearing a very fresh-faced Michael Steele. The Internet has not seen archival research of this sort since Meghan McCain learned about Google filters. [Think Progress]

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  • ManchuCandidate

    Whew… at least he wasn’t in blackface.

  • Lascauxcaveman


  • red sky

    Today we are all blacker than Michael Steele

  • Prommie

    [re=492973]red sky[/re]: Yes, but we are not gayer.


    I love you internet.

  • Monsieur Grumpe

    Wouldn’t that be Blackface?
    All we need to make this better is for Steele to be a tap dancer and Jewish.

  • Monsieur Grumpe

    I meant Whiteface?

  • PartyMart

    Goodbye my Coney Island baaaaaaabe!

  • Gumboz1953

    Wasn’t there some gay guy around who could have given him some fashion advice?


  • Paterlanger

    Music Man?

  • bago

    Now you have four pictures!

  • slavojzizek

    ‘Active in Drama’, ‘Chair of the Republican National Committee’… Why does this not surprise me? Although, come to think of it, it does surprise me. Drama club is too healthy a gay outlet compared to the typical Republican private life trajectory.


    [re=492982]Gumboz1953[/re]: Republican, remember? No gheyz allowed.

  • Minnie Mean

    Hello my honey, hello my baby, hello my ragtime gal…

  • SayItWithWookies

    Even in that getup, he’s still too white for Marian the Librarian.

  • Aflac Shrugged
  • the problem child

    Nice ‘stache attempt.

  • smitallica

    Whaddaya talk whaddaya talk whaddaya talk?

    But he doesn’t know the territory!!

  • memzilla

    Geez, what’s next, Michael Steele in a lawn jockey uniform, complete with a Klantern?
    (That would be for that country club in South Race-o-lina)

  • snideinplainsight

    Even then, he was being PrOmPt3D. Noone else in the drama club new about his new, secret friends.

  • Aflac Shrugged

    [re=492991]Aflac Shrugged[/re]: HTMfaiL., is what I meant to say.

  • Beowoof

    [re=492982]Gumboz1953[/re]: For that advice it appears Steele only needed to look in the Mirror.

  • PrairiePossum

    He could easily be a pretend ACORN pimp dressed in that outfit.

  • freakishlystrong

    Somewhere a Rat Pack just found it’s token…

  • JMP

    Doesn’t the current fighting over his RNC chairmanship mean Steele is still “active in drama”?

    Oh wait, that’s more comedy.

  • mumblyjoe

    It would probably be wrong of me to say that this picture says everything one needs to know about human charicature Michael Steele. But, basically.

  • FlownOver

    All the above comments: conclusive proof we can all have our Harry Reid Moments.

  • Gopherit

    Won’t you help Michael Steele and the other unfortunate black people born without soul?

  • Come here a minute

    That picture is no different from the ones he took with his RNC interns. Once “active in drama,” always “active in drama.”

  • FlownOver

    Also – this MUST become the new Official Wonket Michael Steele Pic.

  • bitchincamaro

    Is that real madras or just Sears plaid?

  • magic titty

    Is that Man Tan or Sleep’n’Eat?

  • x111e7thst

    Zoot suit riot.

  • swizzard

    Shouldn’t the caption be “…active in drama since his college years.”?

  • Terry

    Oh, bless his heart. Just bless his heart.

  • queeraselvis v 2.0

    Pickalittle talkalittle pickalittle talkalittle
    Pick pick pick

  • Fred Wertham Jr.

    I can’t believe Wonkette posted this racist Photoshop job. It’s not even very good.

    What’s that?

    Sorry. My bad.

  • Escape Goat Nation

    Why is he acting all White and shit?

  • queeraselvis v 2.0

    [re=493021]queeraselvis v 2.0[/re]: Also, I know, I know… the lyrics are “Cheep cheep cheep.” But that would bring up invariable comparisons with Morris Day and The Time. And…


    What the hell.

    *squawk!* Hallelujah. Whoa whoa whoa whoa…

  • Cape Clod

    “It ain’t necessarily so.”

  • Cape Clod

    [re=493015]FlownOver[/re]: Seconded.

  • Simba B

    This made getting up this morning totally worth it. Thank you, Think Progress.

  • forgracie

    I was wondering what became of Urkel…

  • teebob2000

    Michigan J. Darkie

  • teebob2000

    And where the fuck is our amusing alt-text, Juli??? Hm????

  • Mad Brahms

    And yet Fred Astaire manages to be more authentically urban, somehow.

  • Pilate

    Wonkette wins the morning.

  • elburrito

    I don’t know of many of Politico’s readers are aware of our moderne theatre, but what they are saying is that he is gay.

  • Guppy06

    Michael Steel in a minstrel show! Shocking!

  • S.Luggo

    How does the Boston Terrier fit into the act? Or is it the act, with Steele as the warm-up?

  • boyhowdy

    As a student of hat types, please tell me: is that a porkpie or a boater?

  • S.Luggo

    [re=493037]teebob2000[/re]: Win.

  • gjdodger

    [re=493002]JMP[/re]: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Hawaii

  • TGY

    Rod Blackojevich, is that you?

  • teebob2000

    [re=493053]S.Luggo[/re]: Does it diminish it that I took steroids? I just did it to help with the carpal tunnel.

  • Texan Bulldoggette

    Wow, I wonder if some white guys were shooting at his feet, too.

  • montyburns4prez

    Steele is just showing some of that good ol’ pazzaz. What’s wrong with that?

  • doxastic

    And just think, if Steele hadn’t decided to become a professional rube, this would just be a picture of a guy in a play. I may have learned a life lesson today.

  • queeraselvis v 2.0

    [re=493051]boyhowdy[/re]: Boater. Porkpies are usually work my middle-aged Cockneys. Or Joe Lieberman.

  • Mr Blifil

    I believe that is what is known as “doing the Humpty-Hump.”

  • doxastic

    [re=492987]slavojzizek[/re]: Better to go the Katon Dawson route and have all your minstrel shows in the photo-free environment of the whites-only country club.

  • SayItWithWookies

    [re=493051]boyhowdy[/re]: That’s a boater, often worn by barbershop quartets and nobody else. Porkpie hats are felt with a short brim and worn by frat boys who think they make them look like Tom Waits. This is why men don’t wear hats anymore.

  • queeraselvis v 2.0

    [re=493075]queeraselvis v 2.0[/re]: Shit. “work by” =/= “worn by.”

  • magic titty

    Michael Steele was Rog’ from What’s Happening?

    [re=493077]Mr Blifil[/re]: Awesome.

  • sleptwithyetti

    I’d walk a million miles for one of those Mammy.
    So he can imitate Al Jolson and a party chairman.

  • Polisurgist

    Michael Steele = Ol’ Gregg?

  • Tommmcatt

    I would go on about how well that photo encapsulates it’s subject, but that picture actually renders commentary moot. To be frank, it is one of the rare photos which is not improved by alt-text. I would even go so far as to state that you all could have posted that photo with no headline or commentary, then taken the rest of the day off. It is simply that hilarious.

    Well-played indeed, overlords.

  • boyhowdy

    [re=493082]SayItWithWookies[/re]: Ah, but like all things in fashion, they will come back. My college son is mad for hats (though he has, as of yet, neither boater nor porkpie), and now for suspenders, too.

  • maven

    Did anyone look at the comments there? Look at this one, yikes…:

    “If I wasn’t doing this job, I’d be out there with the tea partiers,” Steele recently told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto.

    Yes, I’m sure the teabaggers would welcome him to their party. (links to this:
    January 11th, 2010 at 1:44 pm

  • proudgrampa


    Oh, Mammy. Don’ flimflam me, Mammy!

  • PickneyPinchback

    My eyes! My eyes! Ohhhh, it buuuuuuurns!

  • Papas got a brand new teabag

    10 to 1 he had a showmance with the guy that played sky masterson

  • TCDang

    Surely I am not the only one to recognize the plaid/straw hat flair of Outkast’s Andre 3000 here:

  • BigDupa

    Isn’t that the guy who sold stereos in “Boogie Nights?” or did he mug a young Joe Biden and steal his car sales uniform?

  • Escape Goat Nation

    This photo is taken out of context.
    Howard University requires all incoming Freshmen to take White Studies.
    This is simply a photo of Mr. Steele in his White Studies class.

  • PrinceRoy

    I have just three questions for this so-called “Michael Steele”:

    1) Did you once get busy in a Burger King bathroom?

    2) Has anyone ever said you look like M.C. Hammer on crack?

    3) Is your name pronounced with an umpty?

    Thought so.

  • maximumneanderthal

    Why am I hearing Cleavon Little singing “I get no kick from champagne….” when I look at that pic? What happened to a good ‘ole n***** workin’ song?
    “Oh, dey Campdown ladies sing dis song… (fade)

  • JadedDIssonance

    He has such articulate fingers!

  • teratologram


  • Capitol Hillbilly

    [re=493027]Cape Clod[/re]: “He made his home in, that fish ab-do-men ” … Ira Gershwin’s crowning achievement.

  • Prommie

    [re=493082]SayItWithWookies[/re]: The porkpies are also frequently seen on Joisey Guidos, who associate them with the young Frank Sinatra. The porkpie is a fine hat, but suffers from a tarnished reputation stemming from the fact that any time you see a porkpie hat, you are almost certain to see an asshole standing beneath it.

  • Prommie

    [re=493109]boyhowdy[/re]: Styrofoam boaters used to be common as dirt on some holiday or another, way back in the 60s and 70s, I don’t remember now whether it was New Years Eve or Saint Patricks Day or some such other shit, but the tradition was for styrofoam boaters to be passed out to one and all. Its strange, I never noticed before that for some reason this no longer happens. When did it stop?

  • Red Zeppelin

    Well I think this proves that he doesn’t have the negroid dialect except when he wants to, like for a great old classic racist showtune.

  • assistant/atlas

    It’s going to be a good day. I can just feel it.

    God bless Michael Steele.

  • S.Luggo

    [re=493068]montyburns4prez[/re]: But how will it play in Honolulu at the RNC convention?

  • queeraselvis v 2.0

    [re=493170]Prommie[/re]: Boaters died in the 80s, when preppy came back in style, and everybody wanted to look as though they graduated from Sweet Briar and had a cottage on the Vineyard. See also pads, shoulder.

  • boyhowdy

    [re=493170]Prommie[/re]: When did it stop? “And why” is the obvious twin question. But seriously, I always thought that “straw boater” was redundant. Styrofoam? I missed that. (BTW, I knew it was a boater, I just wanted to get a hat discussion going. I love hats.)

  • boyhowdy

    [re=493197]boyhowdy[/re]: “I love hats”–the more usual prompt being “fedora or homburg?”

  • Cape Clod

    [re=493082]SayItWithWookies[/re]: Ah, but the porkpie hat looked great on those eighties English Ska bands like the English Beat.

  • doloras

    [re=493104]Polisurgist[/re]: Are you seriously suggesting that Michael Steele has a mangina that blazes with light? If so, pix plz.

  • desertwind

    Wouldn’t it be fun to still have Steve Gilliard around?

  • Red Zeppelin

    You can now by porkpies in Target (soon, Wal-Mart, no doubt) so they are definitely no longer “with-it”

  • JMP

    [re=493170]Prommie[/re]: Oh, I still see a number of them every St. Patrick’s day, usually with a green trim with a paper shamrock sticking out. But maybe that’s just in this city where half the white folks are “Irish” (read: a couple great-parents were Irish; they’re just regular old white Catholics).

  • AnnieGetYourFun

    [re=493170]Prommie[/re]: It was New Year’s, and I think once novelty sunglasses that became a viable option in 1980 (can’t look through a 7, can you?) replaced them.

    St. Patrick’s Day is for plastic green bowlers. And vomit.

  • boyhowdy

    [re=493250]AnnieGetYourFun[/re]: And here I thought St. Paddy’s day was for singing that crazy “St. Patrick’s Breastplate” hymn that catches all the new folks so very off-balance. Have I missed something?

  • problemwithcaring

    This picture pretty much spells the end of the one with him and the dog, right?

  • wallythepug

    Mr. Bojangles, dance.

  • crookedE

    That is an extremely well-executed Blingee.

  • coolcatdaddy

    Amazing … twenty years later and a few pounds more, he still manages to use the exact same expression in photos to try and convey that’s he’s “cool”.

    Takes practice, me thinks.

  • notreallyhelping

    But is that Steele’s knee or someone else’s shoulder in the lower right corner of the frame? If it’s his knee, he was whoopin’ it! Goin’ for it! Yeah! (Christ, I’m dizzy now.)

    And shortly after the picture was taken, he fell down.

  • lochnessmonster

    [re=493015]FlownOver[/re]: With Blingee!

  • populucious

    Why it’s the Model T Ford made the trouble,
    made the people wanna go, wanna get, wanna get,
    wanna get up and go seven, eight, nine, ten, twelve,
    fourteen, twenty-two, twenty-three miles to the county seat!

    Which I believe will be the RNC’s platform in 2010.

  • keepintime

    They misspelled “duncey”. Steele is too dense to realize he’s no more the RNC’s Chairman than GW was really ever the president. Word is he’s been gettin’ uppity with his own GOP critics, too. Told ’em to fire him, or shut up if they didn’t like the way he was runnin’ things. Ha! Guess he thinks they won’t get all lickered up and lynch his dumb ass on some dark and stormy night.

  • sleptwithyetti

    My heart’s strings are tangled about Alabam me.
    I’m a commin’ Sorry that I made you wait,
    I’m a commin’ Hopin’ pray I’m not too late
    Oh Oh Oh Mammy Mammy, I’d walk a million miles
    For one of those smiles My Mammmmmmmm———

    Al rocked!

  • Pat Pending

    SOOO late to this party, but OMG! OMG-OMG-OMG!!!! SHREEEEEIK!!!!!!

    Now, lemme see him cake-walk…

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