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Leaders Promote Bipartisanship... In Their Wardrobe?


Written by Robert Hendin and Michelle Levi

Tonight as all eyes are on President Obama, four of the most notable audience members opted to wear a decidedly bi-partisan color. First Lady Michelle Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Joe Biden all decided to wear purple to the president's first State of the Union address.


Tonight, President Obama is trying his darnest to unite two sides of the room – his Republican and Democratic colleagues in Congress. According to prepared remarks he will say, "what the American people hope - what they deserve - is for all of us, Democrats and Republicans, to work through our differences; to overcome the numbing weight of our politics. "

Leaders of both parties donned colors traditionally associated with their denominations — red for Republicans and blue for Democrats.

But as producers in the CBS News Washington bureau, relaxed into a favorite pastime of commenting on the wardrobe of the Capitol's celebrities we all came to a similar conclusion: Four of the most important people in the room with the president will echo his bipartisan message.

For what color is more bipartisan than purple?

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