Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Presidential Cufflinks

Leaders of the world have adorned suits and ties before politics even had a name. A classic, smart look is an essential piece of the puzzle that any political figure must represent at all times in office. Images of JFK impeccably dressed come to mind.

As early as the 1920's, politicians have used cufflinks as a carrier to spread their message. History tells us that exchanging cufflinks as gifts to foreign and domestic dignitaries has been a presidential pastime. And why not, cufflinks are a sure sign of a distinguished gentleman, and a classic way to show support while looking dapper.

Here are some presidential cufflink moments in our history:

On Feb. 10, 1936, Time Magazine featured an article about an organization in connection with the 1920 vice-presidential campaign for Franklin Roosevelt. This group went by the name the Cuff-Links Gang and were friends and advisers aimed at putting Roosevelt in the White House as the veep alongside James Cox. Although the 37 year-old didn't step inside the White House until 1933, he is the only president to have served a record four terms. The Cuff-Links Gang were on to something.

At the Dwight D. Eisenhower Library and Museum in Abilene, Kansas, you can find presidential treasures and pieces from his presidency. The presidential cufflinks pictured were a gift to President Eisenhower and were made from exotic materials - walnut, jade and gold.

During their time in office, US Presidents have utilized cufflinks as awards of appreciation and honor. Common to many of the cufflinks were the materials used, 14kt gold, an engraved signature and often a presidential seal. Often given as personal gifts to world leaders, friends and family, the cufflinks hold great historical value.

With the race for the white house nearing an end, it may come down to the cuff.
Be sure and rally your support for your side,
Democrat or Republican.

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