The old joke about how President Obama wears mom jeans is a good one, as far as jokes about the President are concerned. On Friday, he tried to defend his denim, but we're here to set things straight.
Obama's recent trip to The Gap came up during his interview on Ryan Seacrest's radio show Friday morning. An employee complimented The First Dad on his understanding of girl's sizes, but noted the President might need a new pair of jeans. Obama took it kind of personally:
“I’ve been unfairly maligned about my jeans,” Obama jokes. “The truth is, generally I look very sharp in jeans. There was one episode like four years ago in which I was wearing some loose jeans mainly because I was out on the pitcher’s mound and I didn’t want to feel confined while I was pitching and I think I’ve paid my penance for that. I got whacked pretty good. Since that time, my jeans fit very well.”
The President claims he has worn acceptable pairs of jeans since at least 2009. We, dutiful journalists that we are, decided to fact check that claim. The results of our wide-ranging investigation reveal that he is, in fact, lying. The President has continued to wear terrible jeans long past 2009. Here's the proof.
2009 — The First Pitch — MLB All-Star Game, St. Louis, Missouri
This was, allegedly, the point when everyone noticed that maybe Obama wasn't as smooth a dresser as he is a talker. (Or: pitcher.) It was his second time wearing embarrassing jeans in public. He can drop rhetoric with the best of 'em, but these jeans were hideous. "For the baseball he played last night, [Obama] wore borderline Mom jeans. We say borderline because they're not quite as Momlike as the jeans he wore bike riding during the campaign," wrote The Cut's Amy O'Dell. Obama later apologized for his uncool moment on The Today Show. But let's roll the clock back a moment to the debut of Obama's bad jeans.
2008 — The Backfired Campaign Bike Ride — Chicago, Illinois