August 28th, 2014
05:01 PM ET
8 years ago

That time Obama wore a tan suit and Twitter freaked out

(CNN) - President Barack Obama on Thursday took some questions in the White House press briefing room about serious subject matters - ISIS, Iraq, Syria, Russia.

But the reaction on Twitter was largely focused on his rarely worn tan suit.

Within seconds of stepping into the room, tweets were already firing off about Obama's pre-Labor Day attire. And by the end of the news conference, a few Twitter handles had been created in honor of the suit.

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  1. Scottish Mama

    @Sly not only good looking but has a higher IQ than the previous, stategery president.

    August 29, 2014 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Seeing how the Congress has already VOTED AGAINST taking military action in Syria, what other answer was he supposed to give? Hmm. In fact, if he orders military action in Syria, there's no doubt that Republicans will call it an impeachable offense.
    The president is the commander-in-chief and is therefore obligated to protect and defend the United States. This means formulation of a STRATEGY to defend the country. It is strange how Obama will bypass Congress at every opportunity but when it comes down to making a difficult decision, he suddenly wants Congress to weigh in.

    And by the way, if you live in New York City, you might want to take this seriously. NYC is the financial center of the world, one of the largest media centers in the world and also has one of the largest Jewish populations outside of Israel. These three factors together make NYC a tempting target to militant whack-jobs.
    There is a difference between bypassing getting legislation through Congress, and defying a vote in the Congress. What if Pres. Obama had ignored the failed Syrian military authorization and just went ahead and bombed them, anyway? Republicans would have rightfully gone Rove. So, what's changed? Nothing. Conservatives are admonishing the president for not defying a failed authorization vote.


    August 29, 2014 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  3. Deb

    I like it... looks sharp!!

    August 29, 2014 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  4. Liz

    I thought he looked very elegant!

    August 29, 2014 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  5. getajobhippies

    This just goes to show how bad he is at foreign relations that it is his suit that gets all the comments and not is completely incompetent way of handling ISIS that does. great job mr. golfer in charge.

    August 29, 2014 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  6. jean moore

    Myself, I just think a tan or any other light colored suit just doesn't look very presidential.

    I think tan or any other light colored suit just doesn't look very presidential. Dark colored suits look way more
    impressive, more commanding of respect.

    August 29, 2014 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. Tom l

    Repubs had said they would support going against ISIS, Rudy.

    August 29, 2014 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  8. Scottish Mama

    @Tom that is before Obama sent the drones in and then the republicans voted against it Tommy boy.

    August 29, 2014 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  9. Jerry

    It don't matter what HE wears; HE still does NOT have a clue, or, a strategic plan for that matter. God (PLEASE) help our beloved América!!!.

    August 29, 2014 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  10. MaryM

    Yea, repubs , let's go to War again before the U.S. Military Generals have a plan. You warmongers are disgusting

    August 29, 2014 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Tom l

    Repubs had said they would support going against ISIS, Rudy.
    Not quite, Tom. Whether you know it or not, you're actually proving my point. Republicans saying that they would support going against ISIS in Syria means that they would support voting in favor of an authorization. However, some of the Republicans are criticizing the president for not going ahead without an authorization from Congress. They are trying to set him up to commit an impeachable offense, Tom, by ordering strikes in Syria in defiance of a failed vote in Congress to authorize them.


    August 29, 2014 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  12. me

    Is it me or does the suit bring out the gray

    August 29, 2014 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  13. Ol' Yeller

    @Tom l
    "Repubs had said they would support going against ISIS, Rudy."

    When was this vote held and what was the result?
    Answer: there was no vote and the republicants 'say' a lot of stuff... one day they say President Obama is a Dictator and needs to be impeached, and the next day they cry that only Dems are talking about impeachment (but now they are going to sue President Obama on the taxpayer dime, presumably in Judge Judy's court- that's the only thing to make this more ridiculous) and that he is indecisive and leading from behind.
    Lucky for us though that tom I is sooo independent only He sees these issues without a partisan eye.
    All hail tom i...

    August 29, 2014 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  14. Bill

    Surprised the stock market didn't crash over this "event". God knows it has over dumber things than this!

    August 29, 2014 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  15. Carrie

    This discussion is more stupid than the cretins who criticized Michelle Obama for wearing Bermuda shorts. To the people who don't like the tan suit, nobody cares. There are more important issues in the world.

    August 29, 2014 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  16. sly

    "Repubs had said they would support going against ISIS, Rudy."
    If President Obama decided to ban gay marriage, ALL Republicans would favor gay marriage.
    If President Obama decided to ban abortion, ALL Republicans would favor women's choice.
    If President Obama decided to close the Mexican border, ALL Republicans would favor letting all the illegals in.

    That is just how they roll.

    August 29, 2014 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  17. Democrat Junk

    MaryM....Fight 'em now over there, or later over here. Grow up and smell the coffee. Left to you , we would have a real cluster on our hands. Perhaps we can sit down and converse with them and show them what nice guys we are. Obama tried that on a trip to Europe before he became President........and look where we are. This movement was under way a long time before our involvement in Iraq. Perhaps we can "wish" it away. Does Germany 1939-40 ring a bell?

    August 29, 2014 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  18. Lily

    How funny it is to see how people can be hooked up so easily. God job President Obama. I really admire you.

    August 29, 2014 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  19. Tom l

    I could be wrong but I don't remember congress ever voting on Syria before. I thought decided against voting on it.

    August 29, 2014 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  20. Tom l

    Not only did they not vote to the best of my recollection, but polls showed the public was very much against action in Syria at the time. So congress was heeding the wishes of the public. Today is a much different situation and many lawmakers are saying they would aback action including McConnell. So you are the one trying to fool people Rudy. They never voted before and today is much different. But why would you care about that and about what is best? You only care about the politics of it all. Nothing else.

    If I'm wrong about there being a vote the cool. But I don't think I am.

    August 29, 2014 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  21. Mike Roberts

    who gives a flying fingernail if the President wears a tan suit...seems to me that if Obama has a BLT for lunch some people would try to outlaw bacon!

    August 29, 2014 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  22. Tom l

    Ol Yeller,
    It is Rudy saying on here time and again that repubs voted no to action in Syria before when there was actually no vote. That's all I'm saying. He is being dishonest by saying they voted no. There was no vote to vote no on.

    August 29, 2014 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  23. steve

    Stupid stuff like this gives me little faith in the human race.

    August 29, 2014 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  24. Scottish Mama

    @Jerrry – Patience is a virture. Invading countries is a lesson americans should not forget. Elephants forget, especially the republican kind. (and they came out of Iraq without oil) When Syria and Iraq decide as countries and are tired of the slaughter of their people they will come crawling to the US. As soon as a terrorist hits our soil, we should take the country Syria or Iraq and get the oil we want, and a government the people deserve. 1 nation under whoever you believe.

    August 29, 2014 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  25. Scottish Mama

    @Tom Sept. 4, 2013, Senate voted to strike Syria, Republicans voted no. Faux news reported. I am surprised you did not know. Why don't you look things up before you write wrongs into blogger history?

    August 29, 2014 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
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