October 20, 2008

The Man in the Cape

Since at least one U.S. presidential candidate seems to have super-powers, let’s check in with the last president who had the guts to wear a cape in public.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (pictured here at the 1945 Crimean Conference) was known to drape a cape around his shoulders, and somehow he did so with style. This is partly due to FDR’s innate savoir faire, but perhaps can also be credited to the fact that his mom made him wear a dress until he was five. (This was a common clothing choice for young boys in the 19th century.)
Photo from the Library of Congress. My sources are here.

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