Bringing Frumpy Back

By Katharine Rust

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?

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