July 21st, 2009
12:01 PM ET
4 years ago

'I'm a little frumpy,' Obama says

President Obama responded to criticism of his jeans with a simple explanation: 'Those jeans are comfortable.'
President Obama responded to criticism of his jeans with a simple explanation: 'Those jeans are comfortable.'

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sometimes even one of the most powerful men in the world has to answer to the fashion police.

President Barack Obama found himself in just that situation in an interview that aired Tuesday on NBC.

Asked about criticism of the jeans he wore recently when he threw out the first pitch last week at the Major League Baseball All-Star game, Obama didn't make any excuses.

"Michelle – she looks fabulous," the president said of his wife who has increasingly become a global fashion super star since Election Day.

"I'm a little frumpy," Obama said of himself by comparison.

The president also offered some insights into his self-admitted lack of sartorial expertise.

"Up until a few years ago, I only had four suits," the commander-in-chief said.

"I hate to shop. Those jeans are comfortable. And for those of you who want your president to look great in his tight jeans, I'm sorry. I'm not the guy," Obama added.

Obama's jeans choice for his all-star game appearance were widely panned by fashion critics and even dubbed "mom jeans."

Related video: Jeanne Moos takes on Obama's 'mom jeans'

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  1. proud army navy mom

    tom bop, are you jealous much?

    Michele is a beautiful and quite feminine first lady and the President is handsome and all male. perfect couple and first family, live with it.

    July 21, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  2. Steve in PA

    He looked great.

    July 21, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. Dan

    He's adorable, though I don't see pitching in his future.

    July 21, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  4. Ken in NC

    The man is comfortable in his jeans. So what's the problem? Does someone not like them? If that is the case I would suggest that those that did not like his jeans not wear any like them.

    July 21, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  5. me

    he looks fine..

    July 21, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  6. FAYE, NV

    First Lady Michelle do us a favor and help the Pres dress for occasion.

    July 21, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  7. Kaitlin

    Maybe he is frumpy in his jeans, but Mr. President looks fine in his suits!

    July 21, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  8. Brandon

    He is a man. And he is thinking about things a tad more important than what brand of jeans he wears.


    July 21, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  9. Simmy

    Who cares what Jeanne Moos says.....SInce she went 'there', she looks like the late Mama Cass's mama.....

    July 21, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  10. Anne E.

    I love this guy. His predecessor touted himself as someone people would "want to have a beer with," so he could seem like "one of us." President Obama IS "one of us."
    Stay true to yourself, Mr. Prez!

    July 21, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  11. RT in KC

    Did he "inherit" those jeans from the previous administration? That is usually his excuse.

    July 21, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  12. know 'em when I see 'em

    Guy jeans. That's what they were. . .guy jeans.

    July 21, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  13. rc

    who cares what his jeans look, Obama likes them and that's al lthat matters. He's doing a great job, during one of the worst times in our history. Hats to Obama!!

    July 21, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  14. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Lets hope he does well and can change the law and have him run for three terms.There wont be any republicans left by that time.They will just be a tiny little minority.hahaha

    July 21, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  15. JJ in Chula Vista, CA

    Alright, you anti-Obamabots out there and Republicans, we get it already: you don't like President Barack Obama, you don't like his policies, you don't like Democrats, you don't like anything that isn't done the way you would do it, and you don't like religions that aren't like yours.

    To all Republicans and Anti-Obamabots out there, the question is this: Where was your indignation when George Bush was president for 8 years and was running this country into the ground? Where was your indignation when Republicans controlled Congress for 12 years and ran this country into the ground?

    Barack Obama's jeans really don't matter. The way he throws a ball doesn't matter. What matters is the work he's doing in the office and the mess he was elected to fix. Stop the complaining.

    July 21, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  16. K

    Hes a man of the people not a man of fashion

    July 21, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  17. geecee

    All the Obama-haters ever say is "he is talking to much and is in the news constantly campaigning to get his agenda passed" and then they say, "why isn't he paying attention to the issues and not his image and why isn't he more transparent"? His continuous news conferences are for that very purpose – transparency. He wants to keep the American public, for whom he works, in the know and up-to-date on what his plans are to get us out of the numerous messes that Bush left us. You really need to make the distinction between staying informed and being left out of the loop. Come on people. What do you want? It's one or the other. By the way, Bush wore jeans a lot in public, especially when he was down in Crawford, TX, (like almost constantly) or Camp David. No one commented on how he looked in jeans. Such hypocrisy.

    July 21, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  18. S Callahan

    So sad we have become a nation of fashion police...lol...I'm with you on this one Presdient Obama..comfort first!

    July 21, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  19. Rev DL

    Who gives a flying frak about the guy's jeans? What's going on with healthcare, anyway?

    July 21, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  20. Pat F

    Zzzzzzzzz – who in the world cares?

    July 21, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  21. Jeff of Peoria

    I don't much care for a lot of his politics but I do like his candor. He's not UP TIGHT and that's why most people like him.

    ...and then there's the part that he tells you what he thinks. I don't always agree w/ him but you have to respect that.

    July 21, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  22. Nia - AZ

    ...they llok like regular jeans... matter of fact my dad wears jeans just like those and they look the same in them... so to me they would be "Dad Jeans" i have no idea why some people wish to imasculate the President.

    July 21, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  23. Jackson

    heck he dresses just like I would nothing wrong with caual

    July 21, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  24. Thomas

    President Obama is a total "guy". :)

    July 21, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  25. Annette

    Usually your personal spending equates to your discipline with money management. I take this as a sign, that he only spends when necessary and if his choice of putting on a pair of old jeans vs buying a pair for the occassion is a indication of his discipline for spending, then I think we are definitely in good hands with him as President. I think the President is showing that he is a good steward with his finances and hopefully that translates in him being a good steward over tax payers money.

    A lot of talk about the spending of this administration, remember it's how you spend, the money spent for the so call Iraq war, was to me a waste, in the end this government had to give back what did not belong to them. If the American people want to get upset over spending, get very upset about that. The Iraq conflict was a total waste of taxpayers money, now, who will account for that. I personally feel that the conflict in Iraq was a personal moviatation that had nothing to do with the war on terror.

    July 21, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
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