May 4th, 2017, marked a simultaneous, diplomatic, presidential meet up—President Trump & Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in New York (venue: now-decommissioned Intrepid) and the Montreal-based meeting between Ireland Prime Minister Enda Kenny & Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
While the latter dyad entailed its respective political matters, there was a vogue aspect to it—subtle yet celebratory (so cool that a chatter spread on social media). Trudeau rocked a couple of unmatched socks—Star Wars (R2-D2 on his left and C-3PO on his right). The prime minister’s droided ankles almost beeped aloud his “politician” ensemble.
While FLOTUS Trump’s only a provisional figure in the style-fueled world of diplomacy—she fashionably saluted Australia with a one piece assumedly nodding at one of their national colors—Trudeau’s style suggests he has mastered a crucial, political art (connecting with the people). As Canada’s leader, he very well better know…
What’s that have to do with his socks? Well, for those in the know, May 4th’s International Star Wars Day (#MayTheFourthBeWithYou)—infinitely many sci-fi nerds geek out in fandom garb, gear and swag while saying, “May the force be with you” to everyone they encounter. Wow…
Trudeau’s fashion sense didn’t necessarily convey keeping up foreign relations with Ireland or potential trading options involving the European Union (bullet points for his conference with Prime Minister Kenny), but his socks definitely symbolized the Canadian leader’s devout loyalty to an ever-growing cult of wanna-be Jedis and Siths.
Without a doubt, Trudeau took to Twitter (a play on Obi-Wan Kenobi’s lines):
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) May 4, 2017
[Source: Twitter/Justin Trudeau]
Thirty-one-thousand likes and climbing…
The word on the Canadian street is Trudeau’s a politician who speaks to younger folks. The man’s hip to the times and makes no apologies for often making light of political limitations—and even laughing about it. He relates to the contemporary issues of his followers. More, it’s hard to not love a politician who digs Star Wars and resonates with your priorities—Trudeau can take those voters to the ballot box.
In addition to Trudeau’s ink, the random shots of him sans shirt and his graphic-novel spotlight, the droid socks are indicative of his being real and having dimension (he’s down to earth). And even while Trudeau posed in the presidential fashion with his Irish counterpart, he’s cut from an alternative cloth—both in his profession and family life.
Cue the Twitternado:
— Twitter Government (@gov) May 4, 2017
[Source: Twitter/Twitter Government]
— Anni (@adlerauge_) May 4, 2017
— Ayesha Tammy Haq (@tammyhaq) May 5, 2017
[Source: Twitter/Ayesha Tammy Haq]
But Trudeau’s one of many politicians to use fashion as a conduit for policy pontification. Doubtful? As a political dresser for North and South American candidates once said, “I cannot tell you the hours I have spent discussing tie color when we could have been discussing the peace accords.”
However, the Canadian cooler does get points for spicing it up with socks. Apparently, foot duds are an underappreciated tool. I guess it’s all about the ankles too.