Yesterday afternoon, President Joe Biden boarded Air Force One, following a weekend at Camp David in Maryland’s Catoctin Mountains, where he spent three days hanging out with his family, meeting with national security advisers, and signing executive orders (not to mention winning a Mario Kart race). Turning to salute the crowd on the steps of the plane, #46 showed off his undeniable Presidential swagger, which, it turns out, had been significantly upped on Saturday, thanks to his grandchildren.
“We bought him some swag since it’s Presidents’ Day weekend and he’s ‘literally’ President,” Naomi Biden, the 27-year-old Columbia law student and daughter of Joe’s son Hunter, wrote on Twitter, alongside a photo of Biden standing next to an American flag, in a custom khaki-colored Camp David baseball hat. “And just to make sure the job title doesn’t get to his head…” she continued, they had the back embroidered with their nickname for him: “Pop.”
And just to make sure the job title doesn’t get to his head… pic.twitter.com/uzafnSSWaH
— Naomi Biden (@NaomiBiden) February 14, 2021
He also wore a simple, snug black mask (no “manslipping” here) and a striped button-down shirt underneath a blue quarter-zip sweater, from which his signature Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses hung. On top was his go-to brown leather pilot jacket bearing an Air Force One seal and a new addition: a “Joe Biden Commander in Chief” nameplate. (Similar versions can be found on the White House’s web-shop—albeit without Biden’s insignia.) Dr. Jill Biden accompanied him in a light pink midi coat, which she accessorized with snow boots and a black Celine Mini Luggage tote.
His timeless, traditional get-up marked a stark departure from the ill-fitting business suits and too-long ties of the Trump administration. The message was: Here is a president who cares about how he presents himself to the world—and if that presentation happens to be Biden’s brand of classic, confident cool, all the better. At last, style—and a distinctly American one at that—has returned to the White House.