Presidents and Their Ties

President's Day is right around the corner, and believe it or not, a lot of thought goes in to a president’s tie—especially for important events like debates and State of the Union addresses. While you’re most likely to see the time-honored red or blue, there are psychological reasons behind even the width and the knot of a president’s (or presidential candidate’s) tie.
 
While red is often associated with the Republican Party, it is also a symbol of power and nobility. Blue, the color of Democratic states in a presidential race, is associated with creativity and intellect.
 
Neckties didn’t actually exist when our great country was first founded, but presidents like George Washington, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson wore what were known as stock ties, linens wrapped tightly around the neck with ruffled fabric attached, while Abraham Lincoln was renowned for sporting a black bowtie with his top hat.
 
In recent years, presidential neckties have evolved from straight laced solids to a little more adventurous. President Obama has taken an unusual approach to presidential dress. Many times, he doesn’t even wear a tie, but chooses to roll up his sleeves and unbutton his collar to demonstrate his camaraderie with blue collar Americans. When he does wear a tie, he has been known to stray from tradition with silver stripes and silk crimson. 

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