Political Button of the Day: How “Reagan Hood” Spreads the Wealth

Gearing up for Election Day, I will occasionally share a favorite button from my modest-but-quirky political memorabilia collection.

As the proud recipient of the Ronald Reagan Academic Fitness Award, this political button pulled at my heartstrings when I spied it at a Democratic National Convention souvenir booth. But sentimentality wasn’t enough for me to shell out 45 bucks for it.

The real Robin Hood stole from the rich to give to the poor, a la the imagined legacy of Barack Obama, while Reagan was demonized for allegedly doing the reverse. Or, are Obama and Reagan actually kindred spirits as this political analyst suggests?

The big question is: Could the Gipper pull off looking suave in that unflattering hat? Would Mikhail Gorbachev have taken him seriously?

It’s worth noting that Kevin Costner goes hatless on the DVD cover of “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.”

If you like offbeat political and pop culture memorabilia like this, then please check out my new Slate magazine slideshow devoted to the fake presidential bids of Archie Bunker, Fred Flintstone, Snoopy, Charile Brown, Lucy Van Pelt, Linus Van Pelt, Barbie, Ken Griffey, Jr., Mr. Clean, Captain Morgan the Rum Pirate, Fonzie, Yogi Bear, Boo Boo, Huckleberry Hound, Magilla Gorilla, and MAD magazine’s Alfred E. Neuman!


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