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How Can You Trust a Man Who Wears Both a Belt and Suspenders?

By on 8.20.09 | 5:42PM

How can you trust a man who wears both a belt and suspenders? The man can't even trust his own pants.     

-Henry Fonda in Sergio Leone's 1968 epic Once Upon A Time in the West

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During today's DNC pep rally for socialist healthcare, President Obama said:

I continue to support a public option. I think it's important. But it's just one component. Insurance reforms are also needed. Insurance reforms are the belt, the public option is the suspenders.

Not exactly the best use of metaphor. Who wears both a belt and suspenders?

One definition of a belt-and-suspenders man is "a man with something to hide."

Ah, now I get it.

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