Obama wants people to quit bashing his jeans
March 14th, 2014
04:45 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama wants people to quit bashing his jeans

(CNN) - President Barack Obama hit back at critics calling him out for his "mom jeans.

"I've been unfairly maligned about my jeans," Obama said Friday in an interview with radio host Ryan Seacrest.

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"The truth is, generally I look very sharp in jeans. There was one episode like four years ago in which I was wearing some loose jeans, mainly because I was out on the pitcher's mound and I didn't want to feel confined while I was pitching, and I think I've paid my penance for that. I got whacked pretty good. Since that time, my jeans fit very well."

The topic of the President's ill-fittingly jeans came up when Seacrest asked Obama about his recent trip to the Gap where he did some shopping for daughters Sasha and Malia.

The President's denim has had a tough go of it over the years.

The "mom jeans" joke came to be early in his first term when he threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

Former Alaska Gov. and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin brought the joke back in the political spotlight last week when talking about the turmoil in Ukraine during an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity.

"People are looking at Putin as one who wrestles bears and drills for oil," Palin said. "They look at our President as one who wears mom jeans and equivocates and bloviates."

Obama's interview with Seacrest comes as the White House revs up its last minute push to get Americans to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act before the March 31 open enrollment deadline.

During the interview, Obama continued his get-covered pitch, saying people should sign up because "you never know what kind of curveballs life throws at you."

CNN's Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.

Filed under: President Obama • Sarah Palin
soundoff (115 Responses)
  1. Eagle6421

    Mommy, Mommy they are making fun of me. Make them stop!.........says the leader of the "used to be" free world.

    March 15, 2014 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  2. brian

    worried obout people making fun of his jeans – try worrying about the economy sir.

    March 15, 2014 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  3. Jim

    The jeans look fine to me. Obama manner of dress are within Presidential norms. However, his inaction to real problems, and creating problems through his ideals of how the country is administered are very questionable. I am more concerned about his actions in Ukraine, recognizing a government that placed itself in power by a coup. Refusing to recognize the will of the people in a free and fair election to break away from a country that is threatening it and calling for deportation of all people who are not of Ukrainian ancestry.

    March 15, 2014 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  4. Shaking My Head

    If Sarah Palin finds Putin's so-called manly qualities so desirable, then she is welcome to pack up and move to Russia.....AND stay there. That woman is sooo annoyingly unbelievable. Thank you John McCain for giving birth to that nut job.

    March 15, 2014 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  5. Wes

    There are plenty of legitimate reasons to criticize this man... His jeans though? Who cares. I am more concerned with his lack of transparency and his hyperpolitical divisive take on every issue

    March 15, 2014 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  6. vincent

    Republicans are regulating what you can wear?? They are upset because Tesla wants to create jobs and sell on a free market. Republicans are causing gridlock on the bridge. Is this the way to govern?

    March 15, 2014 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  7. Mark

    Forget about the jeans, Mr. President. Read about Tony Benn instead.

    March 15, 2014 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  8. Lizzie

    The GOP Solution, how come you can stay on topic, but spout the democrat/ liberal BS.

    March 15, 2014 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  9. Ancient Texan

    Have no problem with his jeans, just with his "dreams of my father" policies that are not in America's best interest.

    March 15, 2014 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  10. dean

    His jeans are on fire.

    March 15, 2014 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  11. Bill

    Stop bashing the American people with policies that severely hurt them, and then you can talk about your jeans, Mr. President.

    March 15, 2014 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  12. dhawk

    The President really has more important things to do than worry about what people think of his jeans. He wasn't elected to be a fashion model. The office of President used to carry at least enough dignity to ignore things like this, especially when he has bigger things to worry about.

    March 15, 2014 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  13. Jon

    I think he need to "get over" it. He is way too narcissistic. He sound like a teenage girl worried about what the other kids think of her. Why doesn't he worry more about leading our country.

    March 15, 2014 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  14. Jose Palazzo

    I find it truly amazing that anyone still listens to what that evidently retarded Palin has to say. Perhaps there are more morons in America than oneĀ“s willing to admit.

    March 15, 2014 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  15. dkhhuey

    I love the fact that our President has a great sense of humor! His interview on Between Two Ferns was epically funny!

    March 15, 2014 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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