That was one of the comments on a set of ten photos of Obama, "from whom I don't know," published online by Marty Peretz at TNR:
Only anyone old, old, OLD enough to remember the silver stickpin of a sole with a hole that was Adlai Stevenson's campaign button will "get it." Then, it was supposed to signify modesty and humility. Today, it probably means no time to buy a new pair of shoes -- a comment on the relentlessness of marathon campaigning.
Adlai had sole. And he lost to Ike twice. Here's a snippet of his 1952 nomination acceptance speech, , from the book I described here:
Better we lose the election than mislead the people; better we lose than misgovern the people.