July 21st, 2009
12:01 PM ET
3 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. Kim

    CNN..... you have got to be kidding me. When did you trade in your journalism to be Obama's PR team? In case you haven't noticed there are things like him saying that he is going to raise taxes that might be more important for you to inform the public about.

    July 21, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  2. Anonymous

    Memo to CNN- This ain't news,folks!!

    July 21, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  3. Henry Miller

    Maybe the country should have elected Michelle. She's prettier and dresses up better than Barack–and maybe she'd be less inclined to wreck the US economy with trillion-dollar spending sprees and wreck the US health care system by socialising it.

    July 21, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  4. John

    You weren't voted in to look good.....you were voted in to help this country and frankly, you need all the help you can get......

    just concentrate on making this country better, Barrack..... that's why you're in office..... I don't care what your clothes look like.

    I'd rather you fix this economy than wear triple-digit jeans....

    and by the way..... if you didn't fly to the middle of the country to throw a ball..... my tax money wouldn't have been used for your security and air force one time.....and you may have had a chance to meet with someone in Washington on health care, the economy, immigration, etc., instead.....

    quit being a rock star and start being my president.....

    July 21, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  5. pam Eugene OR

    I am glad my President doesn't feel he needs $300 blue jeans!

    July 21, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  6. Swine flu vaccine will not..........

    be available in sufficient quantities this winter........Americans will be falling over in droves.......and you're talking about fashion.....

    Talk about fiddling while Rome burns.......what is Obama doing???

    July 21, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  7. Hannah Stevens

    I think the president has his priorities in order, serving the American people. That's all that matters.

    July 21, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  8. Jamie

    Who doesn't dress casually for a ball game? Most attendees are usually in jeans, shorts, t-shirts, tank tops, etc. I think people need to keep things in perspective. Everyone should have the right to dress down, including the President. Dress appropriately for the function you are attending... that's what my mom always taught me!

    July 21, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  9. Obama

    why has the world became what u wear world? We are all people it shouldnt matter what we wear as long as its decent of course. What a materialistic world it has become!

    July 21, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  10. lila

    Obama can go to overstock and type in AG Jeans Men's. They cost Between $200-$300 in department stores but on overstock he can get them between $50-$70. The AG Straight-leg are both comfortable and fabulous looking.

    July 21, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  11. minnie

    who cares!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 21, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  12. Michael

    More fluff reporting when serious matters go unreported. Curious that Obama has delayed the release of the mid-session budget review which should have been out last week. But more bad news on the spiraling deficit may have tainted his glowing aspirations for universal healthcare. Fortunately for Obama, he can always depend on his co-conspirators in the mainstream media in his fleecing of America.

    July 21, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  13. panem et circenses

    We have $11,000,000,000,000 of debt that is increasing by $1,000,000,000,000 a year and this is the first-up topic?

    God help us all.

    Obama is selling snake-oil on healthcare, "green" energy, and is about to offer amnesty to 20,000,000 illegal aliens so in 20 years we will have 40,000,000 illegal aliens...and this is CNN's top priority on the political ticker!

    This country is about to drown in debt and the president is proposing a massive, long-term spending spree...

    This country punishes people who make the smart and hard choices with and rewards deadbeats and illegal aliens...

    ...and this is CNN's top priority on the political ticker!

    July 21, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  14. randy, PA

    ...I'm sorry. I'm not the guy,"

    LOL!!!!!!!!! He is sooooo real and natural.

    I really pray that everything works out for Obama and the country.

    July 21, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  15. LIP

    This is it? From banks making billions after governmment loans and no accountability as to how it was spent to helath care reform that apparently will bankrupt the middle class to pay for it to another six months at Guantanamo to another czar for Obama and it all boils down to what Obama wears for clothes.

    July 21, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  16. Mississippi Mike

    He also throws like a girl. So he's basically a frumpy girl.

    July 21, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  17. scott

    Mom jeans? Who cares abut that. Did you see that Mom throw? Now that was frumpy, wimpy, and embarassing.

    July 21, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  18. jaye

    He looks good to me!!!
    I love a man who can make fun of himself. :)

    July 21, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  19. FORMER republican, NEVER again!

    You are a great president and that is all that matters! Thank you for working so tirelesslessly to fix the MESS left to you by the republicans.

    July 21, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  20. Nat Turner

    Wait until they find out he snores!!

    July 21, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  21. Stacy from Leesburg, VA

    Wow, this is the hard-hitting journalism that I so crave. I am sure the media spent precious time discussing the fashion faux pas of past presidents. Was President Washington’s wig “frumpy”? Did the suit that Jefferson wore look “gauche”? President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was surely “stuffy” in his white suits? I have to tell you, I thought the fashion sense of President Taft was “saucy”. We are closer to Pope’s “Rape of the Lock” being a hard news story rather than the utter satire it was intended to be. Walter Kronkite, we miss your sensibility in these woeful lack of intelligent discourse times.

    July 21, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  22. Enlightened Voter

    Sir, we don't care how you look, you are doing a wonderful job working for the people and it is much appreciated. Thank you!

    July 21, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  23. geecee

    How nice that we have nothing more important to focus on in this country than the jeans the President wears. What is wrong with the news media these days? Really, what is wrong with you? To give this "story" any mileage is ridiculous. The guy can't even wear a pair of jeans without him being criticized. If you are going to attack him, at least make it for a credible reason. Are you all Rethuglicons, or what?

    July 21, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  24. shirl

    That was so SWEET!!! Can we have some information on "boxers or briefs?" Wake up CNN we are suffering out here.

    July 21, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  25. opinion

    Oh, Please can't we stick to and talk about topics, issues that have substance, benefit American People. Who cares what he or Mrs. O wear. I believe they are so secure they could wear burlap and still feel good about themselves. What you are is not based on designer clothes or what you have on your back. We are so shallow, so materialistic .

    As usual as one man who is running for a political office said their mission is to see that Our Pres meets his WATERLOO and to break him. The GOP and many Blue
    Dog Dems are not interested in making America a better place for all, they only want to destroy Pres. Obama. Racism, hatred, is so obvious in the hearts of so many of our political representatives both GOP and DEMS especially those from the South, Mid West, and old.

    Many who present the NEWS are just as racist, hate all people of color. Our President represents all Americans regardless of color,race,creed, religion, or sexual preference. He DOES NOT preach HATE, FEAR, AND DIVISION. He is a GOOD president, support him, give him a chance, as much time as you gave Bush to ruin this country. Give him some time. Too many WHITES want to destroy him don't be one of them. If our Country goes down so do all of us.

    July 21, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
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