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February 8, 2016

Somebody Spot Janet Yellen Some New Threads

Updated Nov. 15, 1:43 p.m.| HOH responds to critics of this post.

Whether Janet Yellen, President Barack Obama’s latest pick to head the Federal Reserve, proves to be the financial genius our sputtering economy so desperately needs, remains to be seen.

At least we know her mind won’t be preoccupied with haute couture.

Here’s the black-on-black ensemble she sported last month when President Barack Obama officially nominated her:

(Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

(Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

And her battle gear of choice for today’s nomination hearing on Capitol Hill:

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Mind you, nobody has ever accused HOH of being particularly stylish. But we do manage to switch up outfits on the reg.

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  • Liz Miller

    I must have missed the one where you critiqued the lack of originality in Ben Bernanke’s wardrobe. Get over yourselves and stop making a woman’s clothes a thing to talk about when you wouldn’t talk about a man’s.

    • Soundpam


    • Stentor7

      Wow, I guess my previous comment must have been extra pungent because the mods deleted every trace of it. Not even a “This comment has been deleted” remains to show presence of its passage through this page. But basically I just called out Rojas as a sexist pig.

  • KOM

    the gold necklace… you guys are completing missing that it’s about her trolling the gold bugs.

  • Doran


    And journalists wonder why they’re disliked only slightly less than politicians.

  • kyledeb

    Please take down this sexist article. Or better yet, keep it up as a testament to why we need someone like Janet Yellen over Larry Summers to head the Fed. Hopefully that will lead to the end of double standards like this.

  • Tyler Thompson

    Mark Zuckerberg wears the same thing every day trying to eliminate unnecessary decisions. I don’t see a problem with this – I’d rather her do that than be prolific, as many in that industry tend to be.

    • Limeade Youth

      If anything, can’t we call this being thrifty or economical? She being nominated for being on the Fed, not for being the next Lady Gaga.

      But seriously, this is a stupid article.

    • pixiedust8

      Steve Jobs also wore the same thing every day and was lauded as a design genius. *sigh*

  • Dr.Zoidberg

    Seriously? Seriously?! Please tell me you didn’t get paid to write this piece of tripe.

    • tacomamama

      Hah. Cross posted with you and we both used the word tripe.

      • Dr.Zoidberg

        I noticed, so I went back and edited! :)

      • Guppy06


  • tacomamama

    This is just gross. Please take this down and issue an apology for this piece of sexist tripe.

  • glennisw

    You’re an idiot.

  • Callyson

    And if she were the type never to wear the same outfit twice, this journalist/hack would yammer on about “if she spends this much money on clothes, how can she be fiscally responsible enough to manage the Fed?”

  • Joseph

    Wow!~ that’s even asinine for Rojas. He’s probably wearing the same shorts he wore when he was hired.

  • moelarryandjesus

    I understand Warren Rojas has been wearing the same Depends for a month.

  • John Smith

    time for senor red to get back to Candy Crush level 1

  • oppyu

    I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt and say somebody forced you at gunpoint to write that.

    If your life is currently being threatened, use the words ‘pineapple’ and ‘flugelhorn’ in your next article.

    • Reason

      Best comment I’ve read in a long time. Thank you.

      “flugelhorn” Ha!

  • gussley

    No wonder the recovery is tanked. As long as women like Yellen refuse to buy adequate numbers of outfits our economy will suffer.

  • Rose

    How dare a woman be anything but a clotheshorse, amirite? You forgot to chew her out for daring to be in the public eye and look old.

  • Marcia Langren

    I literally cannot think of a reason why this article should even exist. How many men wear the same suits multiple times and don’t get weird, crappy comments? And even overlooking how absolutely sexist this is, I’m pretty sure that everyone wears an outfit more than once.

    • jersey_skies

      It exists because there has to be news. What’s a news outlet without news? News will be made if that’s what needs to happen. I am sure you would complain if was a site with page after empty page.

  • Thomas Lant

    This article is bad and you should feel bad.

  • NWLefty

    You all are losers.

    • whomakestherules

      Kudos to you for not editing out the negative comments on a truly stupid comment. I remember completing my freshman year of high school with only two pair of pants and two shirts. I didn’t have many more clothes when I completed my first year of college. At least I didn’t allow my head to remain as empty as my closet.

      • NWLefty

        Yes, the Role Call writer here does have a pretty empty head.

  • babedeslivres

    Warren- I hope you’re getting an education in how offensive and inappropriate it is to focus on a woman’s appearance when she is appearing in the public sphere in a professional capacity.

  • Janet Snakehole

    This is the stupidest article about the stupidest subject matter. Fire this sexist, boring jackass please, and hire someone more creative and less terrible.

  • Ron

    And Warren Rojas has the same job he had a month ago. Go figure.

    • bluesky557

      Hopefully he won’t for long. Maybe he can get a gig with Fox News–this seems to be their style.

  • Pope Ratzo

    I’m pretty sure John Boehner wore the same suit several days last month. He also slept in them. In a puddle, behind the bar.

    Does Roll Call really not have anyone who can step in and be an adult when one of the interns posts this kind of sexist garbage? Is “Warren Rojas” living in a 1950’s gossip column fantasy world where women are not allowed to wear the same dress twice over the course of two months?

    No, seriously, there needs to be an apology.

  • merricart

    Janet Yellen must be really good on the job, if a blogger determined to find faults can find nothing to write about other than her clothes.

  • Rosa Villegas

    Drop the sexism and focus on her qualifications. This is disgusting. Shame on you!

  • Corey Turner

    Almost worst than the ridiculous article itself is the use of the phrase “on the reg” by someone who is not 15.

  • Dee

    Are you serious? Do you wear the same pants more than one time in a month? Perhaps you own more than thirty pairs? More importantly would you write anything if a man wore the same suit a month apart? These types of ‘criticisms’ are only reserved for females. Why do some idiots seem to believe it is OK to include a woman’s wardrobe as an indicator of her professional qualifications?

  • DeSwiss

    If this article was a play for attention, then you’ve succeeded. You need help.

  • whileyouweresleeping

    Wow. This is one thoroughly embarrassing piece. Abysmal.

  • ice9

    What? wearing the same outfit twice? Next thing you know she is going to want to violate other Village protocols. This will not stand!


  • brianm0122

    is this a real article?

  • Poindexter718

    Yeah, Mensa boy, because if Ms. Yellen wears the same frock one month later, how can she be trusted to effectively police leverage ratios under the Basel III regulatory framework or decide whether M1 or M2 is a more effective money supply barometer for a dynamic 21st century economy?
    Keep asking the tough questions, Warren, because someone needs to.

  • MarkEdwardCroy

    lol…are you an idiot? do they actually pay you to BE an idiot? get a grip dude

  • Ermagerhd

    If I was James Madison University or American University I would be asking for my money back. Mr. Rojas would perhaps be better suited as a Wal Mart greeter.

  • disqus_xDJ4nOSpXV

    Somebody spot this ” reporter” a new job..

  • Frank Higgins


  • Sarah Waites

    Now we know what’s being feverishly discussed around the all-you-can-eat buffet by Washington’s leading fashion mavens.

  • storkdance

    Don’t look at her. I’m a short wide person myself and invested in a lot of clothes to dress for my job. Practical is not a bad thing. She uses the right choice for color and comfort that she’s good with,so just look at what she does.

  • ztuckerz

    This is as stupid as the reporter who asked Secretary of State Clinton what fashion designers she prefers in the middle of a press conference. I’ll save my breath and let Lucia Graves do the explaining.

  • Alicia

    You sir? Are an actual idiot.

  • Joe

    A dude wearing a suit knows to change out his tie. She could have at least changed the necklace. I’m with ya WAR

    • camd

      Maybe a “dude” does, but most men I’ve known don’t bother.

  • Maria Cecilia Wolf

    This article is so stupid!

  • Chris Wilson

    No, spoke too soon. That’s not sexist. It’s stupid. Hella stupid. Moronic. (Cue the boys: rush in with “Adorable.”) (thx Key, Peele, and Daily Show)

  • Clareita

    Thank you Mr. Rojas. The next time I do something really embarrassing I will be able to console myself with the thought that it can’t possibly be as bad as having written this asinine article.

  • Mrs Brown

    I know men who have multiple suits the same color and style, multiple shirts the same color and style, and multiple shoes the same color and style. As a business woman, and potential Chair of the Fed, she has a LOT more pressing things to worry about than her wardrobe! Unbelievable that you actually published this. WHO CARES WHAT SHE WEARS? I personally don’t care if she sports a poodle skirt and mickey mouse ears if she can do the job.

  • BlueinVA

    This story — and the comments — will haunt you on Google forever, or until you say something even more moronic. So congrats on that.

  • Eva

    Shame on you for such a sexist “article”. And, I am sure you are “proudly” calling yourself a “journalist”! What a joke!

  • disqus_CwkmKlN8Tq

    Good lord I thought we had gotten past the sexist comments that judge a woman by what she wears and not what she knows. Shame on you for this crap!

  • BurgersBytes

    Maybe that’s her uniform?

  • Ignatz

    [ Somebody Spot Janet Yellen Some New Threads]

    Somebody Spot Roll Call Some New Priorities.

  • Kenneth Conway

    Sirrah! I never knew that men could be such silly twats.

  • Rosemary Van Fossen Parker

    So this really *isn’t* an Onion piece?

    • Clareita

      You win the prize for the funniest comment. It is really sad when you can’t tell the difference between an Onion piece and actual journalism.

  • EgoNemo

    Why does Warren Rojas keep posting items about how little changed his limited intelligence is?

  • lcg

    Love the sound of misogyny in the mornin’

  • pixiedust8

    Thank you for apologizing. I was going to go all ballistic on you, but it seems you figured it out. Thank you!

  • camd

    At my first job, in the late 1950s, I wore what I had left over from high school. Another woman, hired the same day I was, never appeared twice in the same outfit. (Believe me, once I noticed it I monitored it.)

    Today I am a physician. Based on other things I recall about my colleague, not simply her wardrobe, I suspect she is still an office clerk. And I bet she is still dressed more fashionably than I am.

  • pixiedust8

    Damn. He did apologize, but even if he didn’t, he’s no James Taranto in terms of woman hating. Cut the guy some slack!

  • RoyalEF

    So since we’re working on ridiculous genderisms and stereotyping of enormous ignorance. I guess this article makes Warren Rojas a bitchy, gay fashionista who only value to the rest of the world is craptalking. Sad. But what can you hope for from a “gossip” website.

  • JB

    I said this in another blog that made the same point. I’ll say it again. Please – stop using our oxygen. It’s a precious resource. Crawl back under the rock from which you emerged and return to microbe state.

  • Lambert Lorette

    This was a silly article (at best) and deserves a silly response: Gee, Warren what were you wearing when you wrote this? Did you at least change clothes when you set down to write this article? Gosh, I hope so! Be fair and send us pictures of what you were wearing before you wrote the article, and what you wore when you submitted it. Gosh thanks, L

  • Laura

    CLOTHING!!! A male politician can buy 7 suits, 7 shirts and 7 blue/red
    ties, and he is set for life. A woman politician needs 365 different
    outfits or else the press makes fun of her fashion sense. Well, screw
    you I think Janet Yellen’s outfit looks professional and
    appropriate. She works for the Fed, she is not a Hollywood actress.!!!

  • Tyro

    Meanwhile, our presidents where a dark suit, white shirt, and either a red or blue tie not just twice in a month but every single day.

    Also, DC is going to have to improve its overall sartorial standards before they’re allowed to criticize anyone’s outfits.

  • Stentor7

    Warren since none of these other people are too impolite to just come out & say it, the Marine in me wants to, you are a sexist pig, a male chauvinist sexist pig who needs to have the bejesus slapped out of him for being such a clueless a-hole.

  • ted lotring

    Rojas is a sexist idiot. lose your prom gown, sir

  • brista

    Who cares? Men wear the same dark boring suits over and over again. This is sexist. Let me help you with this…the next time you plan to write something about a female politician, ask yourself if it’s about her clothes, makeup, hair, or shoes. If so DO NOT WRITE IT. Name it, change it!

  • sc2pilot

    Why is this even in the news?

  • Shannon P. Duffy

    Of the many excellent comments, this was by far my favorite.

  • Shannon P. Duffy

    This just might be one of those watershed moments that teaches an industry an important lesson through the vehicle of a single action by a single person. As misguided and disappointing as Mr. Rojas is, I want to thank him in the way we might thank a dead canary. Your blunder, Mr. Rojas, has sparked such an eloquent flood of criticism that sure no one at your publication will commit this offense again any time soon, and potentially scores of other journalists and editors will now be more enlightened. In the marketplace of ideas, Mr. Rojas, by stepping on it, has shown us where one of the third rails lies.

  • Jessica Chitkuer

    Shame on you for choosing to focus on what she wore, and not what she said.

    I hope you didn’t get paid to write this piece of uninformative junk.

  • Marlowe53

    What an idiot. When I was in business, I wore a “uniform.” I couldn’t afford to spend days shopping or worrying about what I was going to wear except to know that it was neat, clean and appropriate. I was too busy doing my job. So, I had a standard set of outfits, appropriate for a variety of events. It appears to me that Yellen and I share that attitude and I respect her for it. You, Mr. Rojas, I have no respect for at all unless you’ve written an article on how differently John Boehner’s rainbow of ties set off his alcoholic’s red nose.

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