President Barack Obama in the briefing room of the White House. (AP)
Washington, Aug. 29: President addressed the situation in Ukraine and West Asia, but all eyes were on his choice of suit.
The sight of Obama discussing possible US military action in Syria in a light-coloured suit lit up Twitter yesterday, and the reviews of his unusual fashion choice were less than fashionable.
Many tweets poked fun at slogans that are closely associated with Obama.
“I’m praying someone in the press corp will yell out ‘who are you wearing?’ #tansuit” — aligazan (@aligazan) August 28, 2014.
“Taupe and change,” says one tweet. “The audacity of taupe,” says another, tweaking the title of one of Obama’s best-selling books.
“Yes, we tan,” says a third.
“This is what happens when Obama bypasses Congress to purchase a suit” — Philip Klein (@philipaklein) August 28, 2014.
Gallows humour even came into play, with one tweeter suggesting the death penalty for whoever chose the suit for Obama to wear to the White House press conference, where he addressed the situation in Ukraine and in West Asia.
Obama typically wears dark suits.
In 2009, he was panned for wearing “mom jeans” to throw the first pitch at the All-Star Game.
Obama today admitted in the conference: “We don’t have a strategy yet” to confront the Islamic State as he poured cold water on the prospect of imminent US strikes against militants in Syria.
Despite weeks of American bombing missions against Sunni militants in Iraq, Obama said that the White House had still not developed a broader plan for countering IS across the region.
While US drones are already carrying out surveillance in Syria, Obama said that he was not ready to order strikes there and dramatically escalate America’s involvement in the conflict.
In the September issue of Glamour magazine, there is an interview with Hillary Clinton in which she tells the editor-in-chief, Cindi Leive: “Clearly people should meet an acceptable threshold of appropriateness! [Laughs.] But I think that for many women in the public eye, it just seems that the burden is so heavy.
“We’re doing a job that is not a celebrity job or an entertainment or fashion job. … In a professional setting, treat us as professionals. … [And] it takes a lot of time. I’ve often laughed with my male colleagues, like, ‘What did you do? You took a shower, you combed your hair, you put your clothes on. I couldn’t do that.’”