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

  • 4 November 2012
  • From the section Magazine

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.

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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Images courtesy: Cooke Americas LLP, Getty Images, AP and PA. Music by KPM Music.

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