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. Oh GIve Me A Break

    He's can wear what he wants and still look great! He's late 40's not twenty. Glad to see his attention is where it should be and not on his casual clothes sense. Although Mr. President, new jeans don't have to be tight.....and his suits look great. Would like to see him wear some lighter, summer colors though. :)

    July 21, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  2. johnnie

    Good to see the President making a pitch for (Health Care Reform) what strikes me with President Obama, is that the President is comfortable , in his own skin. He is (Down to Earth) and it is (Refreshing) to have a President who can display a casual outlook.Many Americans can relate to that, we go out to the (Ballparks) in our (jeans) and like to be (settle) and enjoy the (Game). I think is so (Kool) that President complements (The First Lady) with her Fashion, and does not let (Weak ) criticism distract him form what is more important (The Country). President Obama is a (NEW) and (KOOL) , (Commander and Chief ) and keep hitting (HOME RUNS) for the (Nation) Mr.President..........

    July 21, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  3. Steve

    Only 105 of the people are left handed but 80% of the Presidents since World War 2 are left handed. B oth McCain and Obama are left handed. Why?

    July 21, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  4. Abraham J. Bonowitz

    The only thing that really matters is, did he get the ball over the plate?

    July 21, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  5. Retired US ARMY

    Frumpy or not he was dressed for a baseball game, I see nothing wrong with his attire. By the way, what exactly is the functionality of a suit and tie.

    July 21, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  6. cheryl

    The man can wear what he wants! If you don't like what he wears, then by all means go out and by him a new wardrove!

    July 21, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  7. Joe in NJ

    Now that this important info has been released, the economy will start to recover, world markets will stabilize, global warming will reverse itself, and terrorists will put down their weapons. Our healthcare will still suck though.

    July 21, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  8. mary jo

    Mr. President, I think you looked fine. Don't do designer jeans and love it because you know how and when to be comfortable!

    July 21, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  9. Nancy - Houston

    When he threw out that first pitch, I was thinking "what a regular guy he looks like in those jeans." He looked great, has personality and class, and he is very intelligent; what more could anyone want? I think the Republicans feel....well, if he was only a Republican then he could do no wrong. Pres. Obama, you listen to me and not all those so-called "judges of fashion." :)

    July 21, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  10. Catherine

    Good for him.
    What a ridiculous trivial topic!
    With all the issues we have in this country, who cares what kind of jeans the President wears.

    July 21, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  11. Smith

    I liked his jeans. He is free to wear whatever he likes.

    July 21, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  12. John

    Thanks for posting these important news stories. Just keep ignoring the destruction of America as Obama tries to bankrupt the USA.

    July 21, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  13. comfort first

    Fashion is for the young and mindless followers of trends.Its all about making you spend money to keep up with the Jones.The sheep are eager to follow fashion because they dont have a mind of their own.Vanity is the biggest motivator for fashion and cosmetics sales and we all know who the buyers are,dont we?

    July 21, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  14. sylvia

    If you should ask me, I would say it is Mrs. Obama who looks frumpy!
    With those belts up way too high and wrapped around a tight sweater just looks strange on a woman that has a big frame.But who a I to say, when all the "people in vogue" say she is a fashion icon! I just don't get it I guess....

    July 21, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  15. jpspec

    With the country facing serious problems, this subject is not worthy of a comment.

    July 21, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  16. Dan

    Who cares what The President wears as long as he looks the part and appears professional. This President who campaigned on change is certainly living up to that with his proposals and spending sprees. All of this will affect Americans for generations to come. Some think these changes are positive while others are not so sure. Whatever the case – a report on what he wears is NOT NEWS. The press continues to "fawn" over this guy – showing their incompetence to report objectively about anything that he does.

    July 21, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  17. Over-hyped

    Seriously, Michelle Obama, get over yourself and help out your husband a bit in clothes. I know you like the attention on just yourself, but for Christ's sake, he is the Leader of the Free World!
    Also, let's all stop over-drooling about how fabulous Michelle looks–she's less than average as compared to some other famous political personalities-Carla Sarkozy, Queen Letizia of Spain, Queen Rania, First Lady of Spain, etc. Check it out!

    July 21, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  18. Anonymous

    Jeez, it's just a pair of jeans. Who can blame a guy for wanting to wear a comfortable pair of jeans?

    July 21, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  19. Richie

    CNN - Enjoying a little self-generated self-promotion self-ishly this morning?

    July 21, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  20. Jero

    obama can wair whatever he wants, I don't care. As long as he doesn't dress up as a clown, it's ok.

    July 21, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  21. paksa

    Really, who cares? This is news? And someone is being paid to write about these kind of things?

    July 21, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  22. bob in LA

    He looks like anyregular guy in those jeans. Isn't that what we want?
    How else would we know when he looks great?

    July 21, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  23. JA/TN

    i agree, the pres shouldn't wear his jeans like Garth Brooks or Tobey Keith

    July 21, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  24. GI Joe

    Oh My – Are you telling us he DID NOT spend $150,000 on clothes? How can that be? Even the R VP candidate spent money on clothes that were never used again and nothing about them being donated.

    What a truly intellectual article this is CNN. Improvement over the normal e-gossip? NO.

    July 21, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  25. cbrooks

    Mr. President, you don't have to apologize for anything. No matter what you wear, you are a beautiful man inside and out. And I don't care what you trolls think of my comment. President Obama is a beautiful man and you know it! Mmm mmm mmm!

    July 21, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
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