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Clinton’s “I did not inhale.” White House Press Secretary Dana Perino quickly intervened to avert a Washington seersucker storm, explaining that the President was just having a little fun with Herman, a reporter and fellow Texan he had long known and respected. Ken Herman stuck by his seersucker guns, saying, “If there is anything reporters know better than math, it’s fashion.” President Bush quickly heard from seersucker-loving voters across America. Their message was clear: don’t mess with Texas, and don’t mess with seersucker. The President quickly moved to cut his losses by ordering a suit from Haspel’s. Although it was a linen suit, Haspel quickly filled the order. Ironically, President Bush could have avoided the whole seersucker political snafu had he only consulted with a previous President named Bush — his father, President George Herbert Walker Bush, a noted fan of seersucker who proudly wore it when he was President. But the younger President Bush’s fashion misstatement was an anomaly. For decades, seersucker had been a Washington uniform, both officially and unofficially. During World War II, Captain Anne A. Lentz of the United States Marine Corps Women’s

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