Whether we're comfortable with it or not, America will forever be saddled with the legacy of the hipster. Besides giving birth to phenomenon, we kind of embody it. We're youngish and cocky, and we think we know better than everybody else, and please don't make us listen to anything you have to say because we really don't want to hear about it. If you need us, we'll be talking amongst ourselves, mutilating our natural beauty and making fun of the way you dress.
Speaking of which, Alexandra Govere — of MTV's Power of 12 political blog — has done us all a great service by listing the top five Presidential (and First Ladial) hipsters, beginning with Theodore Roosevelt…
The Nature Guy is a staple in hipster circles. He’s the one whose profile pic is of him reading in a tree, or meditating on an elephant, or doing anything in a grand, outdoorsy setting that makes it very hard to make out how hot he is if you are not Facebook friends with him. Damn privacy settings.
Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt was born a hipster. If a man with a stuffed bear's name does not qualify as hipsterific irony, I don’t know what does. It seems only natural that a man named after an animal* would go on to protect them. As President, the conservation of America's natural resources was one of Roosevelt’s top priorities. In 1903, he made Pelican Island, Florida, the U.S.' first National Wildlife Refuge. He went on to protect nearly 230 million acres of land. Pshhhh… And the hipster with a tomato plant on his windowsill calls himself a nature guy!
I have to admit, I'm a little disappointed that George Washington didn't make the list. I mean, that guy was hanging out in Williamsburg, like, two centuries before it was cool. And what about Abe Lincoln's skinny pants? Not to mention his casual bisexuality. I don't know, seems like this list could be expanded.
To learn more about hipsterism in American presidential politics, read Indecision Delegate Jordan Carlos' thought-provoking essay "Rebranding the GOP for the Hipster Vote."
* Yes, we're all aware that Teddy Roosevelt was actually named after Teddy Roosevelt. Not vice versa. So, hold your fire, well-meaning pedants.
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