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Politicians are notoriously bad dressers—that’s a government salary for you—but if you’re enough of an icon, it doesn’t take much effort to become a style icon too.

After all, it’s called Kennedy chic for a reason.

The first contender to embrace the slim generation of suits (while his opponent is giving off slightly different signals), it’s no surprise that Obama’s a favorite for the GQ and Esquire crowd. Unlike the rest of the C-SPAN fodder, Barack manages to make suits look good. (Not so hard, really—but like we said, it’s a low bar.)

Even the Brits are taking notice. This week sees the UK’s Guardian making a remarkably precise Kennedy comparison, down to Barack’s black suits and Michelle’s pearls. The look has been around for a while, but this is the first time it’s been used for political purposes, and the first time the Kennedy comparison has been so direct.

Who knows, he may even give Nic a run for his money.

—R.B.

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  • Russell Brandom