George W Bush

And so, to the long and illustrious tradition of leaders and their instant semiological indicators, from Margaret Thatcher and her handbags to Ronald Reagan and his red tie, George W. Bush and his cowboy boots, and Silvio Berlusconi and his tie knot, we add, of of yesterday, Elio di Rupo, the new prime minister of Belgium, and his red bow tie. So is this an example of sartorial laziness? Is it a refusal to wear a tie like other ties, but only his own tie? Or is it a political strategy? Personally, I lean toward the latter explanation.

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I was struck by the fact, watching President Obama’s speech last night announcing the death of Osama Bin Laden, that for the occasion he had donned classic commander-in-chief mufti. Read more

As George W. Bush, the former 43rd president of the United States, aka “the Decider”, embarks on his book tour, the sartorial totems of his time in office – his good ‘ole boy cowboy boots and denim, which the President employed to demonstrate 1) his understanding of regular people; and 2) his frontier toughness (well, everything in relative) – have been nowhere in sight.
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