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    pat and richard nixon (1972)

    Though the pair was all smiles on the campaign trail, fear and loathing were imminent.

    Photographs: Shawn Brackbill

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    ted kennedy (1972)

    The legendary senator always came with his own baggage, but rarely was that illustrated so literally.

    Photographs: Shawn Brackbill

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    rosalynn and jimmy carter (1976)

    We tagged along with the soon–to–be First Couple, as well as their extended family, on the campaign trail and to their Plains, Georgia, home.

    Photographs: Shawn Brackbill

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    george h.w. bush (1978)

    Often criticized for lacking what he called “the vision thing,” the elder Bush seemed adept at the dog-in-pool thing.

    Photographs: Shawn Brackbill

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    laura and george W. bush (1979)

    More than two decades before he became the nation’s ultimate decider,” Dubya was still just a Texas oilman.

    Photographs: Shawn Brackbill

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    ronald and nancy reagan (1980)

    W paid a visit to the couple just before they were swept into the White House. “We each have our own sense of style,” Nancy said. We’re guessing the horse-drawn buggy was his idea.

    Photographs: Shawn Brackbill

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    chelsea, bill, and hillary clinton (2002)

    A year after leaving Washington, the family relaxed on Massachusetts’s Martha’s Vineyard.

    Photographs: Shawn Brackbill

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    maria shriver (2004)

    Ted Kennedy’s niece, a journalist and longtime policy advocate for women, was profiled in W during then husband Arnold Schwarzenegger’s inaugural run as “governator” of California.

    Photographs: Shawn Brackbill

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    barbara boxer (2005)

    The California senator (and then newly minted novelist) wore the pants in her Capitol Hill office.

    Photographs: Shawn Brackbill

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    michelle obama (2008)

    The First Lady, here with Jason Wu, who designed her inauguration gown, attended a Smithsonian ceremony to donate the dress.

    Photographs: Shawn Brackbill

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40 and Fabulous: Power Players

On the eve of another election—and in celebration of our 40th anniversary—we look back at the presidents, first ladies, and other political movers and shakers in the W archives.

    Reagans: Robert Bloomingdale; Kennedy: Delort/Condé Nast Archive; Shriver: Larry Sultan; Bushes: Francis Shepard; Clintons: Bruce Weber; Nixons: Machalaba/Condé Nast Archive; Boxer: Jennifer Livingston; Obama And Wu: Kyle Samperton; Bush: Harry Benson/Condé Nast Archive; Carters: Karl Schumacher/Courtesy Of The White House