Joe Biden Gifted His New Bud, the Australian Prime Minister, Some Top Gun Aviators

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  • Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese received a pair of aviator-style sunglasses from U.S. President Joe Biden in California.

  • The aviator sunglasses have been Biden's fashion accessory of choice since the 1960s.

  • The duo appeared alongside U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to discuss the AUKUS security pact.

Some presidents have a signature look: Abraham Lincoln rocked a top hat. Teddy Roosevelt had his mustache. Martin Van Buren had those mutton chops. And current President Joe Biden is no exception, looking sharp in a pair of aviator sunglasses whenever he's out and about.

Biden, who has been sporting this style of sunglasses since his days as a lifeguard in the 1960s, has also been known to gift custom-made pairs to dignitaries and heads of state to celebrate new partnerships and try and bridge divides.

The most recent recipient of the stylish gift is Australia's current Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese. “Albo,” as the Daily Mail calls the Prime Minister who took power in May 2022, was actually stateside, in California, when he received Biden's gift. And his subsequent Instagram post is inviting some very Hollywood comparisons.

The Australian Prime Minister met with President Biden and U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in San Diego to announce details of the historic trilateral AUKUS security pact. AUKUS is a pact first formed in September of 2021 between the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, wherein the first two countries will assist the third in achieving nuclear-powered submarines.

While the trio of nations are already, alongside New Zealand and Canada, part of an intelligence alliance known as "Five Eyes," AUKUS is a specifically military- and military hardware-focused partnership.

And while the AUKUS presentation was focused on aquatic submersibles, the commenters on Albanese's Instagram post are thinking instead about the skies. Specifically, the skies patrolled by Tom Cruise in Top Gun.

The smash success of the 1986 film's recent legacy-sequel Top Gun: Maverick has put aviators—both the sunglasses and the profession—back in the mainstream. So it's only natural that when the Albanese donned the Biden's shades, people were reminded of Goose, Ice Man, and naturally, Maverick.

"Love the Top Gun vibes PM," one commenter wrote, while some nicknamed him "Anthony Cruise" or "Anthony Alphanese." One seemingly confounded commenter even wrote "Why is Albo hot?" which is the kind of PR win you can only hope for in politics, and a reminder that a good pair of shades can go a long way.

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