Bringing Frumpy Back

If he can't calm down chatter surrounding the health care bill, at least President Obama can attempt to silence his fashion critics. When asked in an interview on NBC yesterday about his Major League debut outfit choice at last week's MLB All-Star game, Obama responded by referring to his "fabulous" wife/international fashion icon, stating that, despite his better half's classy J.Crew-cut threads, he's "a little frumpy."

The president then went on a denim defense, admitting that not only does he hate to shop, but "up until a few years ago, I only had four suits.... 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."

So Scott Schuman won't be promoting the commander-in-chief as a style icon anytime soon--but at least Obama owns up to his fashion short-comings instead of touting himself as a homely soccer dad whilst wearing Armani.

The real issue now: Can you trust a man in mom jeans?

Presented by

Katharine Rust is the head of editorial for the entertainment division at LivingSocial. She has written for Time Out New York and SportsIllustrated.com.

Why Principals Matter

Nadia Lopez didn't think anybody cared about her middle school. Then Humans of New York told her story to the Internet—and everything changed.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register with Disqus.

Please note that The Atlantic's account system is separate from our commenting system. To log in or register with The Atlantic, use the Sign In button at the top of every page.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

A History of Contraception

In the 16th century, men used linen condoms laced shut with ribbons.

Video

'A Music That Has No End'

In Spain, a flamenco guitarist hustles to make a modest living.

Video

What Fifty Shades Left Out

A straightforward guide to BDSM

More in Politics

Just In