In honor of the new president-elect, we thought we’d take a look at one of the fresh faces from the past, from a time when politicians trafficked in hope instead of fear and horizontally patterned ties had not yet perished from the earth. Ladies and gentlemen: a trip to the past, courtesy of the JFK library.
The next four years may not look exactly like this…but you never know.
We aren’t sure if you’ve noticed, but at some point in the last fifteen years, talking points entered the cable-news playbook, and at some point in the last five years they became all anyone paid attention to. Reporting on the campaign became tracking down the response to various catch-phrases, whether it’s “Drill Baby Drill” or “Brothers should pull their pants up.”
In that vein, some kind soul has compiled all the sound-bites of the election, from Hilary to Grandma Tut, and compiled them into a scrolling history of nine months worth of cable news cycles, entitled This Fucking Election.
We aren’t much for sartorial projections, but we guess that’s why there’s a pundit class. And Chris Matthews is always game.
The curmudgeonly MSNBC anchor recently predicted the Obama administration would feature “thin ties…Well-turned-out men. No sloppiness. Just work… It will be zesty.” We’re not sure what “zesty” means, so we’re assuming he’s talking about purple ties.
Of course, you can’t fight city hall. We’re hoping for change, but the three-inch tie is so ingrained in D.C. culture, it’ll be hard to wean them off it. The look is not exactly current these days, but it’s still way too trendy for the capitol.
There are a lot of rules for gentlemanly behavior. Some are made to be broken; others are not. One often-overlooked rule that falls into the latter category is this: A gentleman should never gesture with his tongue.
The cereals are made by a couch-surfing service who wants hosts to serve them as a get-out-the-vote initiative. We’re not sure who’s being swayed by breakfast, but we’ll just come out and say it: we’ll vote for whichever one’s frosted.
We’ve already picked out our favorite Obama tee, but a real bipartisan approach means you need to reach past the Threadless crowd to the big-belt-buckle-lovers down south. Which is where this comes in, we assume...
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It Speaks: While we’d always imagined rings of fire, a crafty blogger reveals that when Anna Wintour opens her mouth it’s just a standard question-me-and-die British accent. [TheCut]
G Crew: The Gentlemen’s Quarterly toppers picked like well-dressed vultures through J. Crew’s fall offerings, comprising their favorite three looks for you to snatch up. [J Crew]
The Outer Gentleman: Head Porter adds a sophisticated touch to active gear for the sportier man. Fall ’08 features totes, wallets, key holders and camera bags in durable fabrics with a gingham print. [Hypebeast]