We went four years without glossy magazine covers trying to puff up the image of the sitting president. And no magazine ever featured our former first lady, an actual fashion model, either. The Bidens have now graced several, but this may be the most absurd. GQ Hype in the U.K. gave President Biden a fashion spread that is just….gag-worthy. The cover reads “Joe Biden, Swagger-in-Chief!” with a picture of the president LARPing Garth Brooks sitting on the tailgate of a vintage pick-up truck, complete with a few bottles of Budweiser at his side:
Does Biden even play guitar? This magazine is trying to turn a septuagenarian from Delaware with cognitive issues into a heartthrob. Really? Swagger?
Like some bronco-riding, lasso-swinging love child of Ennis Del Mar and Billy The Kid, Biden knows his way around a tasselled suede jacket and ten-gallon hat better than most of his presidential predecessors, Dubya notwithstanding. Oh, and he’s not one to be thrown off by an overinflated orange rodeo clown, either.
Lasso swinging love child? What?
In one of the photoshops, they dress him like he is 24 instead of nearly 80. There is a shot of him leaning up against the Resolute Desk in an outfit that reminds me of college kids peacocking at CPAC a few years ago. Pastel dress shirts with the sleeves rolled up, Madras shorts, and sockless loafers. Hysterically, it looks like his shorts have an elastic waist, which reminds me of old lady pants.
They dress him up like James Dean and lean him up against a pink Cadillac in another shot. Bright white Converse sneakers with the cuffs of his jeans rolled up to complete that look. Then he is posed next to the podium in the White House press conference room in an oddly fitted business suit, trying to look casual and tough but ends up looking more like Jeff Dunham’s puppet Walter than anything else.
Of course, no puff piece on Joe Biden’s swagger would be complete without the obligatory nod to his ever-present aviator glasses. In fact, they actually wrote an entire report about his choice of eyewear. A whole separate article. GQ’s award-winning style and grooming director Teo van den Broeke may need a drool cup. He has written at least four pieces slobbering over how Joe Biden dresses and is just so sophisticated and stylish. And it matters that Joe Biden wore Ralph Lauren to the inauguration, y’all. Really.