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The Five Most Stylish (Fictional) Politicians

  • Najib Benouar

Presidents

Tonight, President Obama’s State of the Union address is supposed to inspire progress and federal stimulation. But often, our focus tends to drift to the hapless sea of baggy, demure suiting filling the audience. It’s a sad sight, really—save for our one beacon of sartorial hope, Vice President Joe Biden. (We’re also giving Obama a pass here, since he’s never given us reason to fret in the past.)

If we were less civic-minded, we’d skip the whole thing and fire up a few episodes of House of Cards—if only to be reminded how a well-put-together politician actually looks (a lot like Kevin Spacey, incidentally). In fact, Hollywood seems to be the only place turning out politicians we’d actually want representing us. So, in hopes of moving a few congressmen to up their style game, we present:

The five most stylish fictional politicians of all time.»

Joe Biden Is Winning the Future

Joe Biden never lets us down.

In the midst of a night of poorly dressed politicking, Ol’ Joe was responsible for two points of light—specifically, those two points in his pocket square. For most of the president’s hour-long speech, they seemed like the most stylish thing in the room.

Sure, we would have preferred a pocket square with softer corners (he’s heard of linen, right?), but like cap-and-trade or the flat tax, DC’s just not ready for it. So we salute the man for pushing the sartorial cause forward as much as he can, and teaching a few senators what their chest pocket is for.

Shine on, you crazy train-loving diamond. Shine on.

Mottos, Irons, and the History of the Mustache Trend Piece

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Two States: If you needed a map of all 50 state mottos, here you go. A lot of them are really strange. [Cartophilia]

Clapped in Irons: Kempt favorite Scott Schuman ponders the ideal ironing technique. [The Sartorialist]

Going Mad: The threat of Mad Men without show creator Matthew Weiner is apparently real. Zombie Mad Men? Get worried. [Vulture]

Hair of the Dog: An annotated history of the mustache trend piece. [Gawker]

Kempt Man of the Hour: Bruce Wagner

  • Jared Paul Stern

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*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*

Browsing through photos of the usual muttonheads at the Washington Correspondents Dinner the other night we were surprised to see our old friend, brilliant writer/director Bruce Wagner, among the throng.

Wagner, whom you might know from his masterpieces cinematic (*Wild Palms*, *Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills*) and literary (*Force Majeure* , *I'm Losing You*, *Memorial*), is a writer/producer of British actress Tracey Ullman's new satirical series, *State of the Union*.

More on Mr. Wagner»