Mr Manton on presidential style

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  1. sloaney

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    Author Anton Talks About Machiavelli, Men's Suits, Bush, Gore
    2006-06-20 00:06 (New York)

    Interview by Robin D. Schatz

    June 20 (Bloomberg) -- ``Just as a man lives in his house
    at night and on weekends, so he may be said to live in his suits
    during the week,'' writes Nicholas Antongiavanni in ``The Suit:
    A Machiavellian Approach to Men's Style.''
    The author, in real life, is Michael Anton, 36, who has
    spent time around powerful men and knows how they dress. Now
    chief speechwriter for Rupert Murdoch, chairman and chief
    executive of News Corp., Anton has also been a wordsmith for
    President George W. Bush and former New York Mayor Rudolph
    Giuliani.
    Anton started parodying Machiavelli's style in ``The
    Prince'' as a break from working on his doctoral thesis on the
    15th-century philosopher-statesman. He never did earn his
    doctorate, but the little joke later became a book. (Anton's
    publisher, HarperCollins, is part of Murdoch's media empire.)
    The author arrives at Bloomberg headquarters immaculately
    attired in a medium-blue, three-button suit with patch pockets -
    - a custom creation, which he later confides cost a ``couple of
    thousand'' dollars.
    Schatz: Where do you buy your suits?
    Anton: I get them made by a tailor in New York, sometimes
    overseas. More and more I'm sticking with New York City. It's
    just better to have somebody nearby.
    Schatz: Tell us about what you're wearing right now.
    Anton: It's just a solid blue suit, a little bit lighter
    color than you'd normally see. It doesn't have a lining, or it
    only has a partial lining, which keeps it very cool. It came out
    the way I wanted it. I'd never have been able to find anything
    quite like this on the rack.

    JFK's Top Hat

    Schatz: Which presidents were good dressers?
    Anton: The three I praise the most highly are Kennedy, FDR
    and Reagan -- each because they went a little further than the
    typical politician goes. Reagan, because he'd been an actor, he
    got the taste for fine clothing in Hollywood; he was always a
    little bit more flamboyant, and he carried that with him when he
    became president. And JFK and FDR, I think it came from their
    patrician backgrounds, where their taste for fine living and
    fine things and fine clothing was introduced to them at an early
    age.
    They each did things that would be hard to imagine a
    president doing today and not being ridiculed for. For instance,
    JFK wearing a full morning coat and a top hat to his
    inauguration, or FDR -- who used to like to wear an old classic
    American garment called an officer's cape, which is velvet and
    lined in red satin.
    Schatz: Tell us about George W.'s style.
    He dresses very much like you'd expect a CEO or politician
    to dress. It's very crisp, it's very clean, it's very simple.
    Mostly solid suits, blue and gray. A white or a blue shirt, very
    rarely will he wear stripes. Pretty simple ties and black shoes.
    I think it's formal and correct, but less adventurous than the
    three others that I name.

    Cloned Candidates

    Schatz: Could a different suit have helped Al Gore?
    Anton: I don't think a suit would've made the difference in
    the last election; it might've helped. There was one debate at
    which, if you looked at them, they were both wearing the
    identical outfit -- a solid dark blue suit, a solid white shirt
    and a bright red, solid tie, which I call the Washington
    uniform.
    The only way that Washington deviates from it is another
    tie I like to call the Washington rep, which is a certain
    striped pattern, burgundy, blue, white, blue, burgundy, that it
    seems like it must be given out when you get elected to office
    or get appointed to an assistant secretary or above. You're
    mysteriously mailed this tie and expected to wear it all around
    Washington.

    Risk-Taker Clinton

    Schatz: And what about Bill Clinton and the way he dressed?
    Anton: Clinton took more risks than most presidents did. He
    wore designer clothing. The cut of his suits was a little
    flashier sometimes. It sort of depended how his political
    fortunes were going. If he was riding high, he would cut loose a
    little. If he felt like he was in trouble, he'd tone it down.
    Schatz: What would you say about Mr. Murdoch's style?
    Anton: He dresses like a CEO, much like President Bush.
    Blues and grays, white shirts, blue shirts, fairly conservative
    ties. He'll throw some stripes in there from time to time. It's
    very much in keeping with his position and his job as head of a
    big global company.
    Schatz: So, was Mark Twain right when he said clothes make
    the man?
    Anton: I think he was kidding. He was right to be kidding.
    The second half of that was, ``Naked people have no influence in
    society.''
    ``The Suit,'' is published by HarperCollins (230 pages,
    $18.95).

    --Editors: Hoelterhoff (jjb/smw).
     
  2. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    You guys really don't have to keep calling me "Mr". This is an informal place, after all.

    Thanks for posting this.
     
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    Matt [email protected]

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    You guys really don't have to keep calling me "Mr". This is an informal place, after all. Thanks for posting this.
    i thought you didnt like 3 button suits Not-Quite-Dr Manton
     
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    Sure thing, Your Excellency!
     
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    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    i thought you didnt like 3 button suits Not-Quite-Dr Manton
    I don't like true 3-buttons, with short lapel rolls that are supposed to button at the top. I do like -- especially for summer -- a 3-button rolled to 2.5.
     
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    Bradford Current Events Moderator

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    Great article!

    How is the book doing?
     
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    How is the book doing?

    Looks like like it sold more copies than "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4)" yesterday!

    ...but less than "The Second Half of Life: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom"

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...744390-6960117
     
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    I guess we have to wait for you to be Knighted to (properly) call you Sir.
     
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    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    The Constitution expressly forbids Americans from accepting titles of nonbility from foreign powers. As a committed republican, I would never dream of violating that prohibition.

    I think it is selling OK. Not gangbusters, but selling. But honestly, I don't really know.
     
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    Matt [email protected]

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    hmm

    I guess that rules out us ever hearing the Queen say 'Arise Sir George W' then
     
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    Great article!

    How is the book doing?


    I came across it quite by accident this past weekend while I was scanning workout books in the Fitness section in the West Village B&N -- they were practically hidden, as they were being dwarfed by some oversized cosmetics books (yep) they had been placed next to in the adjacent section (Beauty?).

    Antongiavanni... Aucoin... -- ok, well I guess at least there was alphabetical method to the madness...

    Anyway, I was running late for an appointment, and the salesperson was (of course) on the phone, so after doing a quick scan around and not finding a more appropriate spot, I made my best guess and shoved a couple into "Personal Improvement" for the time being. [​IMG]

    In retrospect, I should have put a couple on the Father's Day gift display I'd seen earlier on the floor below. Damn!

    I'll be back there again today, though, so I'll chew someone out. Where should they be?
     
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    The Queen gave Ronald Reagan the highest honor she could bestow on an American -- and he was not knighted.
     
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    The Queen gave Ronald Reagan the highest honor she could bestow on an American

    A swift kick in the arse?

    Jon.
     
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    The Queen gave Ronald Reagan the highest honor she could bestow on an American -- and he was not knighted.

    Some kind of tryst involving Her Royal Majesty, Thatcher, and the president?
     
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    Connemara [URL='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jST2Sv63WQ']

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    Some kind of tryst involving Her Royal Majesty, Thatcher, and the president?

    I think my stomach literally did a somersault after reading that.

    "Show auld Bess how you do it in Washington, Ronnie...oooh, that's the ticket..."
     

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