Room at the Top

updated 04/05/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/05/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

SOMEDAY, WHEN HIS ADMINISTRATION has faded into history, visitors to the Smithsonian Institution or the Bill Clinton Presidential Library & Hat Rack—or wherever his headgear finds its final repose—will look and ponder the inescapable message: This truly was a man who wore many caps.

A certain attention, of course, has always been paid to what Presidents put on their heads, all the way back to George Washington's tricorne and Abe Lincoln's trademark black stovepipe. Clinton happens to prefer baseball caps. Lots of baseball caps. And they keep coming—virtually all of them sent by ordinary Americans who have seen the President wearing his caps while jogging. White House deputy press secretary Lorraine Voles says the President prefers those he has been given in person. "He'll say, 'Oh, I got this one from that guy I met at McDonald's. I want to wear it.' " Is it possible that soon President Bill will have as many caps as Imelda Marcos used to have shoes? We may never know. "There are too many to count," says Voles. "The only way to find out how many he has is to go into his personal closet—and I'm not about to do that."

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