President Barack Obama’s tan suit has taken on a life of its own — and many think the POTUS’ khaki color choice for a press conference was quite odd, and perhaps a fashion-forward way of ushering in the fall ahead of Labor Day. Is beige the new navy blue.
Thursday, Obama stepped up to the podium to a room full of reporters awaiting an update on ISIS and Syria, a strategy to gather regional support to thwart the Islamic extremist group’s encroachment and if a military option is on the table to address Russia’s Putin and the country’s illegal invasion in Ukraine.
However, all eyes suddenly turned to Obama and his tan suit choice for today’s news out of the White House. Instead of donning the Washington, D.C. corridor’s default navy attire, the president went against the grain and went light for the day.
Politico described President Obama’s tan suit in an astute manner: The Audacity of Taupe, inspired in part by his bestselling book. After all, the 53-year-old leader of the free world often sports deep blues and other dark hues of suits on a daily basis, just like many others in the Oval office who’ve come before him.
From Washington to George W., presidents and members of Congress have donned suit colors according to the Washington playbook. Ironically, in a 2012 Vanity Fair interview with Michael Lewis, Obama laid out how he arrives at what to wear when he wakes up in the morning.
You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits. I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.”
Of course, many readers — arguably his GOP opponents included — are hanging on to his words from two years ago when aiming their attacks on his penchant for flip-flopping.
However, the most remarkable responses to Obama’s tan-colored suit came from the Twitterverse. Here are some notable tweets that spun the president’s red carpet faux-pas into fodder.
President Obama scored a victory for the fashion-forward today by rocking a tan suit and gray tie that Putin isn’t man enough to handle.
— Matthew McGuire (@mattteacher73) August 29, 2014
Wow, what kind of outlandish getup did Obama WEAR today? A pirate costume? A unitard and mime makeup? [checks] Hunh. “Tan suit.” Crazy.
— Bill Corbett (@BillCorbett) August 28, 2014
Imagine if Obama wore a tan suit after Labor Day. That would be grounds for impeachment. — Garrett Quinn (@GarrettQuinn) August 28, 2014
We need to root out ISIL, Russian troops, and whoever sold President Obama that tan suit.
— Patrick DiJusto (@patrickdijusto) August 28, 2014
Obama is wearing a tan suit. I don’t know what anything means anymore. — emokidsloveme (@emokidsloveme) August 28, 2014
This is what happens when Obama bypasses Congress to purchase a suit.
— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) August 28, 2014
“Trust me, babe. The people are gonna love it. You look absolutely dynamite. You’re so money.” – Joe Biden about 7 minutes ago — Jason O. Gilbert (@gilbertjasono) August 28, 2014
Perhaps, Obama is the smartest person in the room with the tan suit. Without question, it took many viewers’ attention away from his message of the day. Perhaps, it’s an attempt to cross the aisle and let bygones be bygones in a bi-partisan kind of way. And here’s a far-fetched reason why Obama’s tan suit took on a life of its own: it’s time Michele Obama shared the limelight and made room for the Commander in Taupe?
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