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ful expressions. Consequently, the whole country started going to Hell in a worsted wool hand basket. A few courageous senators ignored the Senate seersucker ban. On the third Thursday in June of 2012, Senator Mike Lee of Utah marched onto the Senate floor wearing seersucker, white bucks, and a pink tie. And much like Jimmy Stewart in the classic motion picture Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Lee spoke in a oneman defense of Seersucker Thursday, telling his fellow Senators, “There is potentially much to be gained by participating in these traditions that helped forge friendships in the Senate.” Senator Lee and other Congressional colleagues kept the seersucker hopes alive. And then, in 2014, a Congressman from Louisiana, with the prompting from one of his constituents (Laurie Haspel Aronson), announced something even bigger than Seersucker Thursday: National Seersucker Day—a special annual day when seersucker would be celebrated not only in the Capital, but throughout the nation.

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