President Obama walked into the White House briefing room on Thursday afternoon to talk to the press about political situations in the Ukraine and Syria. But the tan suit he was wearing when he delivered those remarks almost got more attention than his actual comments on foreign policy.
The reaction, as responses to most things on social media these days tends to be, was swift, visceral, a little funny, and a lot snarky. The comments that clogged Twitter feeds during the commander-in-chief's statement ran from unbothered (one person commented that he "had to get it in before Labor Day") to the incredulous (another vowed he'd never vote for a Democrat again). It even already has its own parody account, @BarackTanSuit.
And while some of the criticism have an element of validity, we think it's important to remember three things:
1) This man's attire is nowhere near as important as his focus on, you know, keeping the world safe.
2) He usually looks way better.
3) If his transition from wearer of dad jeans to buyer of dark, slim denim is any indication, there's sartorial hope for this man yet.
Of course none of that stopped people from letting loose on social media. A sampling of what we saw, below:
Impeach that suit. pic.twitter.com/TtEw4Iuemx— Seth Fiegerman (@sfiegerman) 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
Who gave President Obama that old church suit from my dad's closet?— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) August 28, 2014
Liking President Obama's tan suit. Although I think the 1980s called wanting their shoulder pads back.— Juan Lozano (@juanlozano70) August 28, 2014
He's also wearing shorts and boat shoes, you just can't see— Hillary Reinsberg (@hreins) August 28, 2014
—Details associate online style editor Justin Fenner.