Celebrate Hillary Clinton’s birthday with a celebration of her iconic presidential style throughout the decades. Hillary Clinton is most famous for her colorful pantsuits. Can’t get enough of Hillary’s fashion? Check out Buzzfeed, Telegraph, & Time.
Title: Leader Of The Free World Rating: PG Summary: Clint Barton’s presidential campaign started as a joke. It didn’t end that way, except for Steve. Notes: Written for @MemPrime, who requested it as a birthday fic. (Sorry I didn’t actually write the debate you suggested, @fatfemme-inist, I chickened out. :D) Happy birthday, Mem! Other Notes: I don’t know how presidential campaigns work, guys. I didn’t do any research because politics is very boring and I only research it when I am myself voting to make sure I don’t vote for Darth Vader in disguise. Please forgive for any inaccuracies, I wasn’t willing to put that amount of energy into what is essentially four thousand words of LOL CLINT BARTON. Warnings: None.
It was kind of a dare, and it was sort of at a party, which were both excuses Tony and Clint used a lot, because “we were drunk” was not an excuse Steve would put up with. Technically “it was at a party” wasn’t either, but he and Tony had shouted their way through several arguments over “it was a dare”, and the result was that Steve no longer got into fights over dares. Because Tony knew his history, and he knew that if Steve Rogers was telling someone not to take a dare, Steve Rogers was being a giant hypocrite.
“It’s honestly not that hard to get your ass on a ballot,” Tony said, tipping his beer at the presidential debate going on silently on one of the televisions. The Avengers had developed several patterns around their missions against Hydra, and Tony liked the post-assault protein-load that they usually did right after, but the post-assault party the weekend following a mission, that was his favorite.
“There’s a ton of paperwork, isn’t there?” Clint asked.
“Not really that much. I mean,” Tony corrected, “Not that much if you have, you know, your own legal department.”
“Oh, rich-dude-not-much,” Clint teased. “So you could run for president pretty easily, huh?”
Cartoon: Please enjoy this Sean Spicer Garden Gnome! Print & Cut him out! Add to your garden or potted plants for Presidential style! You were never promised a White House Rose Garden but with the Sean Spicer Garden Gnome, it’s like you’ve already got one! :)
I don’t think I’m any of those things, although as a matter of political theory I’m a fan of a lot of ansyn/ancom ideals. However, I’m also very hesitant to really attach my personal politics to those ideologies because I think when dealing with potential radical overhauls of society, it’s important to be incredibly careful. Basically I don’t want to idealize revolutionary aesthetic too much (or the underlying ideology), because I think revolutions, be it the French Revolution, the Bolsheviks, Mao, or a number of other people’s movements, have great potential to blossom into authoritarianism. The same way nationalist movements do on the right. Basically massive groups of pissed off people do crazy shit. And nationalist movements/leftist radical people’s movements are inherently based on massive groups of pissed off people.
When you get a bunch of people really pissed off and direct that anger toward overhauling/fundamentally reworking society, it creates the potential for oligarchs/strong men to take power and consolidate that power. And while ancom/ansyn ideals don’t generally explicitly rely on a strongman in the same way say, Leninist ideology might, it’s still a step in the equation to create the political conditions that historically have led to authoritarians.
For example, I keep replaying this moment from a Bernie Sanders rally in Portland over in my head a lot. The guy next to me was really trying to start a “hang the bankers” chant. Repeatedly. Over and over and over again. A few months later when Bernie was asked how he would handle getting his agenda through congress he said something to the effect of, “well Mitch McConnel is going to want to work with me when he looks out his window and sees a million people on the mall demanding change.”
Now, I agree with Bernie and I think he made that comment in particular honestly and as a sort of “bully pulpit” style of presidential leadership. To Bernie, I think that statement meant, I’m going to get people to put leadership under so much political pressure they have to do something. However, how many of those people are there to “hang the bankers”. And if that number is too high and shit goes down, how/when does it stop? People’s movements just have great potential to get out of control because on some level anger is the driving force. So while I find ansyn/ancom ideals persuasive, as a matter of like actual political organization I tend to find them inherently bent on overthrowing the status quo in a way that I find fairly dangerous and historically somewhat misguided.
So while personally I might be like left of Noam Chomsky on a lot of things as a theoretical position, as a political matter Social Democracy/New Dealism seems like the most tenable position to me. Largely because I think it’s the only way to prevent the radical nationalist rednecks from my hometown from showing up to vote for Donald Trump, or later become some Trumpian brownshirt movement. I also think it’s one of the only ways to prevent leftist people’s movements from beginning and prevent a bunch of pissed off millennials from pulling out the guillotine.
My big thing is preventing the dude’s I went to high school with who practice “killing commies” with their AR-15′s every weekend, from actually doing that. (because their definition of communist and your’s are probably very different) And to keep the “hang the bankers” guy from the Bernie rally, and people like him, from actually doing those things. Because widespread destabilization and political violence, tends to, historically speaking, end poorly for everyone.
And in my view, a strong social safety net and civic institutions that give people upward mobility and hope for the future is the only way to prevent that.
Kanye West Talks Yeezy Season 2, Presidential Run, and Sweatshirts
Outside the Mercer hotel at 4:30 P.M. on Wednesday, September 16, the scene was chaos, with squads of paparazzi and camera-phone-wielding fans tumbling into the cobbled SoHo streets. Inside, the object of their attention lay stretched across a sofa in a corner of the crowded lobby and appeared to sleep. Four hours earlier, Kanye West had unveiled the second season of his Yeezy clothing line at a live New York show that was also streamed to 40 movie theaters across the globe, and seven days of round-the-clock preparations had caught up with him. As West readily acknowledges, the Yeezy concept is in its early stages, but with its muted color palette, insistent focus on elevating everyday staples like sweatshirts and army jackets, and diverse cast of models, his presentation was much closer to the way we live now than many of the more established shows that took place during New York Fashion Week.
It being President’s Day here in the United States, I thought it might be fun to discuss a bit about the man who I’d consider our last stylish president: Ronald Reagan.
It goes without saying that John F. Kennedy is the larger style icon – and I think he deserves the title. His youthful Ivy look tends to capture a lot of imaginations alongside the mythology around the Kennedy name. But much has been said about JFK already in regards to style and Reagan intrigues me for a lot of reasons.
I consider Reagan the last stylish president for a simple reason: he was the last commander in chief to dress his pocket with a square. As you can see from his 1981 Inauguration Day photo, his pocket features a white linen square that’s in almost every photo of him wearing a jacket and tie I’ve seen.
I wasn’t sure where this came from. Jimmy Carter, who preceded Reagan, never wore a square (that I could find) and neither did Gerald Ford or Richard Nixon. You have to go back to Lyndon B. Johnson to see the white pocket square emerging from a president’s breast pocket. After three presidents in a row, you’d think the era of a pocket square presidency would’ve been over. And yet, Reagan brought it back.
I’ve long wondered why Reagan would buck tradition in this respect and wear a square, and the only reasonable logic I can think of is because of his Hollywood roots. Simply put, the man dressed well before the presidency and would continue to do so throughout it. Of course he’d wear a pocket square, just as he’d done all his life in entertainment and state politics in California.
The pocket square, however, seemed to not catch on. George H.W. Bush, Clinton, Dubya and Obama have all opted to pass on the pocket linen for their suit jackets.
We now live in an era where image consultants dictate how a candidate must dress and perhaps the pocket square is considered too elitist or dandified for our times. It would be nice to see someone bring it back in the future, but until then Reagan will have worn the last presidential pocket square.