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. Gurgyl

    Do you think ISIS is huge? They are like street thieves like our republicans. What did those nations do to luskar to eba? Taliban? Al Queda? These are religion organizations. Nothing can be done by any one. It is not like taking out Saddam. Pres. Obama is 100 percent right. Just shut up and listen. India has been dealing with this for 5000 years. These Muslim militant stuff is not easy to eradicate–no one knows who they are, where they are...

    August 29, 2014 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  2. mrivera1119

    Such a brilliant man, cool, handsome and with style? Eat your hearts out, haters.

    August 29, 2014 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  3. freddo

    Really? This is about him wearing a tan suit?

    A clear indication some people need to get a life.

    August 29, 2014 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  4. Tone

    This President can really multitask, he is fighting terrorist at home, and abroad, the terrorist at home are none other than the republican party.

    August 29, 2014 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  5. tv22

    He wears that so all he has to do is take off the jacket and hit the links.

    August 29, 2014 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  6. sifto77

    Unreal what liberals consider important news..

    August 29, 2014 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  7. Anonymous

    Obama quote from this afternoon regarding dealing with ISIS:

    "We don't have a strategy yet".
    Chuck Todd had asked Pres. Obama a question about military action in Syria, yes or no. I suspect that the President is not inclined to go it alone and is trying to build an allied coalition. He also wants some of the Arab states in the region to join the fight because ISIL is more of direct threat to them than they are to the United States. I suspect that he's seeking out the Saudis to at least contribute financially to the cost of fighting ISIL.

    August 29, 2014 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  8. Brian's Friend

    Matches the color of his face.

    August 29, 2014 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  9. IvoteDemocrat

    He could wear a purple suit for all I care, at least HE cares about moving the country forward.

    August 29, 2014 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  10. just me

    @gurgyl oh, how convenient. everyone knows who they are – they want you dead or converted, where they are – right at your door, literally and figuratively.
    and Obama looks good in a tan suit, nothing wrong with it.. even though i am not Obama's fan.

    August 29, 2014 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  11. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Brian's Friend says:
    August 29, 2014 08:55 am at 8:55 am
    Matches the color of his face.



    August 29, 2014 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  12. No Plan

    It's about policy, not fashion.

    He has no plans and no real foreign policies except lead from behind and continue to be politically correct towards radical Muslims.

    No more apologies please, we need action.

    August 29, 2014 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  13. Gray

    Did someone really get paid to write this non-story?

    August 29, 2014 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  14. tom l

    I'd like to play poker against President Obama.

    August 29, 2014 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  15. Justin

    Not drawing any more red lines Mr. President?

    Invasion of Iraq was a mistake by W. But it is what it is. Obama gets elected by promising the voters to withdraw from Iraq, even though Iraq was not ready to maintain their security. But who cares about doing whats right. Lets do what is politically expediant. After all King Barry had an election to win in 2012.

    Now American lives will be at risk again, due to the neglect of King Barry. The insurgency was squashed when King Barry decided to withdraw in 2011, but the US should have maintained a heavy presence of troops in NorthernIraq due to the rising tensions in Syria, but alas he is a reactionary POTUS. Our president is weak in the eyes of the world. Even Germanys Merkal has lost confidence in the US.

    Any of King Barry's defenders really need to check their metal stability.

    August 29, 2014 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  16. tom l

    Taking all partisanship out of this, it's a big moment for President Obama. One of the main reasons he was elected was to repair our relationships around the world. This will be a test to see if he has indeed repaired those relationships and is able to get others to go along with us on this mission. It will be interesting to see.

    August 29, 2014 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  17. Rudy NYC

    No Plan

    It's about policy, not fashion.

    He has no plans and no real foreign policies except lead from behind and continue to be politically correct towards radical Muslims.

    No more apologies please, we need action.
    Action? I'm sorry but "action" is just hot air, not a solution. Shooting first and asking questions later is why the region is as destabilized as it is already. What actions do we take? Had we listened to the war mongers and bombed Syria into oblivion, then Assad would be gone and a caliphate would likely be sitting in his place.

    What actions do we take in Syria? The original Iraq authorization for military action from the Bush administration is still in effect until Congress votes to lift it. There is no Congressional authorization to take military action in Syria. In fact, the Congress had specifically VOTED AGAINST military action in Syria. In other words, if the president ordered air strikes in Syria, then he would be violation of the vote Congress had taken not authorizing action.

    August 29, 2014 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  18. ericmccowan

    I guess this is CNN's way of distracting us from Obama's failures? Please put somebody in office that can lead a nation! I'll take Hillary, Biden, hell, I'd even take McCain over this clown.

    August 29, 2014 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  19. FLIndy

    That's it! We are doomed as a nation if all people can focus on is what the President was wearing. And, to top it off, a few words taken out of context makes all the headlines..."we have no strategy". If you listened to the entire briefing that was not the case and there is much more going on than simplifying down to just a few chosen words. Our media is pathetic and vastly hurting this country!

    August 29, 2014 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  20. Lynda/Minnesota

    Oh. I thought CNN had given up advertising Twitter-Head feeds.

    August 29, 2014 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  21. Gunderson

    Well, Shucks Fire,
    You missed the message! Obama is in practice for his next job! You will see him behind the country at your local drug store serving up a Ice Cream Banana Split!

    August 29, 2014 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  22. luke, AZ

    You're looking good Mr. President ! Not only is he the brightest most astute leader in this nations history, he is the sharpest dresser as well !

    August 29, 2014 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  23. FLIndy

    @BUT – Here's The GOP Solution – Start yet ANOTHER unfunded/off-the-books war so that poor people can fight and die in the war.
    For sure – why is it that anytime a military action is discussed there is NEVER any mention about the cost?? Guess war is free, right?? The old war mongers in Congress have got to go – please vote wisely. President Obama was elected to keep us OUT of more wars, not get us involved in more. REMEMBER THE SHOCK & AWE INVASION AND WHERE IRAQ IS NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 29, 2014 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  24. ObamaTheChessPlayer

    It is reassuring Obama has a strategy to get dressed.

    It would be more assuring if he had a Geopolitical strategy.

    August 29, 2014 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  25. SMTSM

    When anything happens involving a female politician, they start with the clothes "Hillary Clinton, who appeared today in a blue pantsuit with her hair clipped back, made inroads into international concerns..." "Sarah Palin, wearing her trademark eyeglasses and jeans, was reported to say ..." Time the men see what it's like.

    August 29, 2014 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
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