Alistair Cooke - Letter from America: Comfy clothes at the White House

Witness to many new occupants of the Oval Office, Alistair Cooke observed presidential elections every four years with a careful eye.

Here - in the last of five slideshows featuring highlights from his Letter from America collection - he explains why US politics is not boring. He also examines the Thatcher-Reagan relationship of the 1980s, and Bill Clinton's wardrobe choice a few years later.

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The BBC has published over 900 episodes of Alistair Cooke's Letter from America which were originally broadcast between 1946 and 2004.

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Slideshow production by Paul Kerley. Publication date 4 November 2012.

More Alistair Cooke audio slideshows:

JFK, Bobby Kennedy and Watergate

My friends Bing and Chaplin

Eyewitness in the civil rights era

Celebrating 4 July and Thanksgiving

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