President Obama gave an important press conference today and even took questions from the press, but all of this was overshadowed by the fact that Obama debuted one of the ugliest suits in the history of this great nation.
I’m trying to watch this press conference but the suit is really throwing me off.— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) August 28, 2014
The gist of Obama's statement was that we don't have a strategy to defeat ISIL in Syria yet. He also touched on Ukraine/Russia relations and the child migrant crisis. But instead of debating the validity of our foreign policy in the Middle East, Eastern Europe or Central America, Twitter abandoned its usually academic tone to focus on whether the tan (or beige) suit was awful, fittingly summery or a sign to our enemies abroad that we're weak.
On the one hand, this is just a suit, and goes to show that Twitter is a place where serious ideas go to die. On the other hand, what if that suit means more than we think it means?
The suit was an elaborate ploy to ensure that no one paid any attention to the first 90 seconds of his address— Nate Cohn (@Nate_Cohn) August 28, 2014
Does anyone remember what Obama said?
This is what happens when Obama bypasses Congress to purchase a suit.— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) August 28, 2014
This suit definitely doesn't have bipartisan support.
B E TaN Suit G H A Z I— Sarah Kliff (@sarahkliff) August 28, 2014
Just think what would happen on Politics Twitter™ if Obama wore a short suit— Emma Roller (@emmaroller) August 28, 2014
Based on today's events, if the president announced he was having an affair with his campaign manager while wearing a short's suit, no one would know until the next day.
Our allies won't be impressed
Let's call it fashion diplomacy.
Really not liking this Obama tan suit. Sends the wrong signals to our allies.— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) August 28, 2014
It says, "Whatever your problem is, it's gonna have to wait until after Labor Day."
Obama vows to defeat whoever made him wear this suit. pic.twitter.com/zoqj7OVFRe— Josh Barro (@jbarro) August 28, 2014
I'm sorry but you can't declare war in a suit like that.— Damian Paletta (@damianpaletta) August 28, 2014
If that's even what the press conference was about. Who knows?
Is this what it's like to be a woman?
Obama and Janet Yellen can trade stories now.
OH about Obama presser suit buzz: “Is this what it’s like to be a powerful woman?"— Kay Steiger (@kaysteiger) August 28, 2014
It's not so bad
As always, the mainstream liberal media is coming to the president's defense.
OH in newsroom: "If Obama was in the Rose Garden, maybe that suit would work. Or perhaps a yacht party."— Jimmy Orr LATimes (@JimmyOrr) August 28, 2014
Meanwhile, unfortunately for Obama, his biggest defender in Congress is retiring:
I see no problem with the suit. pic.twitter.com/ZFFt75FedU— John Dingell (@john_dingell) August 28, 2014
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