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June 27, 2011


John Wayne's America

Kicking off a bountiful campaign season of unintentional political comedy, Michele Bachmann announced her presidential candidacy today in Waterloo, Iowa, her hometown, and proudly drew a comparison between herself and another famous Waterlooian, John Wayne:

"John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa. That's the kind of spirit that I have, too." [video]

Except the John Wayne from Waterloo is John Wayne Gacy, a child molester and murderer who was convicted of killing 33 young men and teenage boys. Gacy lived in Waterloo with his wife in the late 1960's, which was where he was first arrested for abusing boys.

I thought I'd share my favorite photo of the John Wayne that Bachmann meant to reference, in espadrilles, which I remember seeing in Spy Magazine in its mid-90's heyday:

John Wayne in breezy ensemble

I believe the Spy caption read: "John Wayne in a breezy summer ensemble." Nice legs, Duke!

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37% of Americans can't find John Wayne's America on a map.

Posted by: essbeekay at June 27, 2011 4:49 PM

Though 98% can find his camel toe.

Posted by: amy at June 27, 2011 4:58 PM

Ugh, camel toe and then some.

Also, who isn't wearing espadrilles this summer?

Posted by: ORStylee at June 29, 2011 5:45 AM

I know! I was snickering at John Wayne's espadrilles, but turns out he was very fashion-forward. They were "having a moment" in men's fashion last summer, which means this summer you can get them at Target.


Posted by: amy at June 29, 2011 12:10 PM

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