Magazine article Insight on the News

Birds of a Feather Pinned Together?

Magazine article Insight on the News

Birds of a Feather Pinned Together?

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Washington fashion often becomes trademark symbolism: Barbara Bush's tri-strand of oversized pearls; Pat Nixon's "good Republican cloth coat"; even Washington Mayor Anthony Williams' bow ties.

The items are not unique to be sure, until they become signature statements for their famous wearers. Such is the case of the brooch that has been gracing Democrat power suits from Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend. Ask for it by its official name, the "Liberty Eagle," and most local jewelers need a description. Ask for it as the "Hillary pin" and they quote prices and availability.

The golden bird, perched defiantly atop a pearlescent sphere, was crafted by Georgetown jeweler Ann Hand, wife of former Johnson administration protocol chief Lloyd Hand. Former Clinton White House communications director Ann Lewis was quoted in a February 1998 article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel explaining that during the 1996 presidential campaign, the pin "became a symbol for women who were supporting the president. …

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