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White House garden inspires locavores and overdressed gardeners


A couple of weeks ago, 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.

Mr. Vilsack was wearing dress shoes, a white shirt and tie, a navy blazer and gray slacks. The man is the former governor of Iowa. Back home, where the farmers are planting corn, they probably laughed their gimme-caps off.

Mrs. Obama was wearing some sort of L.L. Bean-ish, Lands' End-ish pink jacket, the sort of thing that upscale garden catalogs sell as "garden attire" in colors to match their $50 gardening clogs.