August 28th, 2014
05:01 PM ET
7 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. Rick

    Looks more like the president from Sears than he does the President of the United States.

    August 29, 2014 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  2. Spgfid Tom

    The article failed to mention that 10 minutes after the news conference Obama was on Air Force 1 flying to fundraisers with the uber rich in Rhode Island and Westchester county New York. The leader of the free world seems more focused on raising money for his buddies and playing golf with JayZ than dealing with a world on fire. How sad is that? Obama seemed even more disinterested than usual. Well, nothing like hanging out with millionaire donors to perk him up.

    August 29, 2014 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  3. Gurgyl

    First, we need to tighten All airports, sea ports etc....uk raised too...ask for this. Obama, you tighten all outbound/inbound flights, all airports for six months.

    August 29, 2014 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  4. Anonymous

    This was a smart strategic move, he is was wearing this suit to get the whole attention fair away for the "We Don’t Have a Strategy Yet’ for Fighting ISIS". It is working...

    August 29, 2014 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    I guess he picked up a new suit, or maybe a few suits, for MSNBC's Alex Witt's wedding to the White House nutritionist this weekend. Maybe he wanted to break out one of his new suits prior to the wedding, fund raiser, and cook-out in New York this weekend.

    August 29, 2014 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  6. FLIndy

    The haters are so obsessed they don't know what to turn to next. This morning on C-Span I heard a Repub female caller say that President Obama hasn't done anything to help in the economic recovery; that is it all his fault. I just have to laugh at these people because most of what he wanted to do to help spur job growth has been obstructed by their party but they just don't see it. If the President tries to do what he can by executive order, then he's a Dictator/King, but if goes to Congress they obstruct him and then Repubs say he does nothing. It can't be both ways – WHICH IS IT HATERS????????

    August 29, 2014 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  7. Strategic

    This was a smart strategic move, he is was wearing this suit to get the whole attention fair away for the "We Don’t Have a Strategy Yet’ for Fighting ISIS".Well, It is working...

    August 29, 2014 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    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.
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    You left out the facts. Iraq not ready? Republicans like Dick Cheney have repeated stated that Iraq was won, and that Obama had erred when he conformed to the 100% troop withdrawal signed by Bush. Let's not forget the promise that Bush had originally made to the Iraqis on "Mission Accomplished" day. He had promised that if the Iraqi people should ever ask the U.S. to leave the country, then the we would leave.

    The Iraqi government did not want U.S. combat troops in Iraq anymore. The Iraqi government would no longer guarantee that U.S. troops would not be immune to local prosecution in the event that combat action resulted in the deaths of civilians. Staying past the deadline of the SOFA treaty would have meant the U.S. was an invading force, which was occupying a foreign country. We couldn't have that hanging over our heads now, could we?

    August 29, 2014 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  9. ART

    MIchelle Malkin should know all to well about empty suits she is a Rethuglican after all. Obamas plan or as some morons put it no plan has kept us safe and kept our young men and women in the military "litereally" ( thanks Sean nincompoop Hannity) out of some stupid war in which our friend is now our enemy and our enemy is now our friend.

    August 29, 2014 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  10. Nick

    The clothes match the man – bland and uninspiring. But it does go well with the lack of strategy.

    August 29, 2014 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  11. Justin

    @Rudy NYC

    The Iraqi government did not want U.S. combat troops in Iraq anymore. The Iraqi government would no longer guarantee that U.S. troops would not be immune to local prosecution in the event that combat action resulted in the deaths of civilians. Staying past the deadline of the SOFA treaty would have meant the U.S. was an invading force, which was occupying a foreign country. We couldn't have that hanging over our heads now, could we?
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    The same Iraqi govt that shut out the extemist Sunnis in the 1st place? We invaded, we were suppose to liberate and promote a free and open govt. Mubarek failed. I will give you that we should have never invaded in the 1st place. These muslim countries seems to do better when an iron fisted dictator is keeping the factions in line. Islam is fundamentally opposed to Western principals that embrace pluralism, that is why you need these dictators to oppress. Its sad but true. But my overall point is that Iraq is weeker due to the withdrawel of US troops. Sure we were asked to leave, but what would Iraq have done if we hadnt? Also troop withdrawel is one thing, but ceasing drone missions and air strikes against ISIS targets was a broader failure of this POTUS's policy of reactionary tactics.

    August 29, 2014 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  12. JackieKG

    He was obviously trying to draw attention from his remarks. Good strategy because his remarks were awful.

    August 29, 2014 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  13. Obvious

    Seeking partners in the region to fill the void that will be left in Syria when ISIS is smacked down, is a strategy and a good one at that.

    August 29, 2014 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  14. JackieKG

    He was obviously trying to draw attention from his remarks. Good strategy, since his remarks were awful.

    August 29, 2014 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  15. James

    I am counting the days for this embarrassment to be over.

    August 29, 2014 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  16. Mike500

    What ever color his suit is, it's still empty.

    August 29, 2014 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  17. bobo

    More important???? Obama on ISIS in Syria: 'We don't have a strategy yet'

    August 29, 2014 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  18. No Plan

    @Rudy NYC

    I am sure you have all the answers and have been advising the prez on all policy matters and making sure he blames Bush and Congress on his inability to take action or come up with a real foreign policy towards radical Islam.

    August 29, 2014 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Justin

    @Rudy NYC

    The Iraqi government did not want U.S. combat troops in Iraq anymore. The Iraqi government would no longer guarantee that U.S. troops would not be immune to local prosecution in the event that combat action resulted in the deaths of civilians. Staying past the deadline of the SOFA treaty would have meant the U.S. was an invading force, which was occupying a foreign country. We couldn't have that hanging over our heads now, could we?
    ____________________________________________________________________________________________

    The same Iraqi govt that shut out the extemist Sunnis in the 1st place? We invaded, we were suppose to liberate and promote a free and open govt. Mubarek failed. I will give you that we should have never invaded in the 1st place. These muslim countries seems to do better when an iron fisted dictator is keeping the factions in line. Islam is fundamentally opposed to Western principals that embrace pluralism, that is why you need these dictators to oppress. Its sad but true. But my overall point is that Iraq is weeker due to the withdrawel of US troops. Sure we were asked to leave, but what would Iraq have done if we hadnt? Also troop withdrawel is one thing, but ceasing drone missions and air strikes against ISIS targets was a broader failure of this POTUS's policy of reactionary tactics
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    I see. Don't you mean what COULD the Iraqis have done if we hadn't withdrew our troops? They could have declared American troops an invading force. They could have prosecuted our troops for murder and/or war crimes for killing Iraqi civilians.

    Besides, Republicans have insisted that the war had been won, but they like to forget that they were all onboard Bush's attempt to clean up his own mess for the president-elect, Barack Obama. The SOFA was signed after the 2008 election, don't forget. The unintended net result of the 2008 SOFA treaty was to tie Obama's hands. Bush may have meant well, but it just didn't go quite as planned.

    August 29, 2014 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  20. JJ

    This just speaks to the shallowness of the average american twit.

    August 29, 2014 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  21. Fair is Fair

    I wouldn't send my husband out in that suit – even if we were fighting.

    August 29, 2014 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  22. Justin

    "We don't have a stategy"

    Other improving my approach shot on the 16th hole. 188 rounds of golf and counting. Maybe his caddie should formulate a stategy.

    August 29, 2014 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  23. Rudy NYC

    No Plan

    @Rudy NYC

    I am sure you have all the answers and have been advising the prez on all policy matters and making sure he blames Bush and Congress on his inability to take action or come up with a real foreign policy towards radical Islam.
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    President Obama was asked a specific question about military action in Syria when he replied that he had no plan for action in Syria. It's obvious that you've forgotten that the Congress voted not to authorize military action in Syria. Saying that he had no plan for military action in Syria was the only politically CORRECT answer that he could have given.

    Besides, conservatives have long criticized the president for "tipping his hand to the enemy" by announcing troop withdrawal deadlines. How come announcing military attack plans isn't also "tipping his hand to the enemy"?

    August 29, 2014 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  24. Arlen

    Conservatives believe you need to be white and wear a black suit to be President, not black and wear a white suit. How dare he aspire...

    August 29, 2014 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  25. Marty

    I'm glad the President admitted his staff doesn't have a clue about what's going on and doesn't have any strategy to deal with it. Remember a few weeks ago when some General said they have a plan to deal with everything including invading Canada then had to back off the statement. It appears except ISIS.

    August 29, 2014 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
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