The Presidency by Hugh Sidey: Live Men Do Wear Plaid

The Presidency

Not since John Kennedy posed boldly in a two-button coat, defying decades of three-button tradition, has a suit of clothes gained such worldwide attention as the blue-and-gray glen plaid outfit that Ronald Reagan wore to Europe.

It jangled the eyes of television producers on two continents and offended the artistic sensibilities of still cameramen. "Can't you get him out of that suit?" pleaded one photographer. White House aides feared that it had the whiff of the $2 window at a race track. Foreign functionaries, noting the swaths of plain blue and gray cloaking the ample figures of the other summiteers, looked...

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