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“Pre-loved goods”

— New term for the emerging new market of luxury resale items like $3,000 handbags and $900 shoes. “We offer last year’s bag so shoppers can afford this year’s bag,” resale entrepreneur Jaclyn Shanfeld tells Ad Age.


Actually, this is lots of cultural moments. Coming to bookshelves from Regnery Publishing: a thoughtful compendium of those moments as they occurred in the White House, compiled by a George W. Bush administration official with a historian’s eye for detail. That would be “What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted: 200 Years of Popular Culture in the White House” by Tevi Troy, now a Hudson Institute fellow, formerly an adviser to Mr. Bush.

How much pop culture should a president know before his leadership style and political currency gets compromised? The question has plagued presidents for 200 years. “Do they wish to be men of the people or men of higher understanding?” Mr. Troy asks. “Which trait is more helpful for getting elected? Which trait is more helpful for governing?”

Cynics and purists would insist that neither trait matters, then launch into a discussion of populism, and possibly socialism.

Mr. Troy, meanwhile, points out that Jimmy Carter watched 480 movies in the White House theater while in office, while Ronald Reagan drew on his silver-screen acting skills to communicate as leader of the proverbial Free World. Is there a price, though, for the increased flirtation between president and pop culture?

“Presidents,” the author says, “evolved from founders of the republic to its custodians. But perhaps we have lost a sense of purpose, grandiosity and leadership.”


74 percent of Americans say a U.S. airstrike in Syria would create backlash against the U.S. and its allies in the region; 77 percent of Republicans and 71 percent of Democrats agree.

61 percent of Americans overall say an airstrike would lead to a long-term military commitment there; 64 percent of Republicans and 57 percent of Democrats agree.

59 percent say the U.S. should first get a United Nations resolution before making an airstrike; 54 percent of Republicans and 66 percent of Democrats agree.

51 percent overall say an airstrike would not be effective discouraging use of chemical weapons in Syria; 54 percent of Republicans and 40 percent of Democrats agree.

48 percent overall say President Obama has not explained clearly why the U.S. should launch an airstrike; 60 percent of Republicans and 33 percent of Democrats agree.

29 percent overall favor U.S. airstrikes against Syria; 35 percent of Republicans and 29 percent of Democrats agree.

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