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Good work, everyone.
President Barack Obama took questions from the White House press corps Thursday afternoon on a range of life-and-death issues including Syria, Iraq, Russia’s aggressions against Ukraine, and the ISIS takeover in the Middle East. But the only thing Twitter wanted to talk about was the commander-in-chief’s tan suit.
Here are just some of the many, many comments on the suit, an unusual choice for a president who almost always addresses the nation in a more traditional dark-colored attire.
This suit is the boldest thing Obama’s done in months.
— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) August 28, 2014
Missing ‘fashion’ right here. pic.twitter.com/S4f4dbiuzZ
— Evan Weiss (@eaweiss) August 28, 2014
This suit is a devious distraction from #Benghazi.
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) August 28, 2014
Social media will comment more on the President’s tan sport coat than his words.
— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) August 28, 2014
if you want people to ignore what you’re saying, change up your suit color
— Matt DeLong (@mattdelong) August 28, 2014
I see no problem with the suit. pic.twitter.com/ZFFt75FedU
— John Dingell (@john_dingell) August 28, 2014
WH press staffers to one another 30 minutes ago, “should we say something?”
— Brendan Buck (@BrendanBuck) August 28, 2014
Obama vows to defeat whoever made him wear this suit. pic.twitter.com/zoqj7OVFRe
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) August 28, 2014
Obama looks like he walked into Brooks Brothers looking for a suit and forgot to stop at the tailor on the way out.
— Micah Singleton (@MicahSingleton) August 28, 2014
I’m imagining an adorable West Wing-style anecdote where Michelle spills something on Obama’s jacket and he has to borrow an aide’s instead.
— Tim Carmody (@tcarmody) August 28, 2014
Guys what’s wrong I think Obama’s doing a suitable job
— Sean O’Kane (@sokane1) August 28, 2014
You know, tan really suits him.
— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) August 28, 2014
YES WE TAN
— Ryan Teague Beckwith (@ryanbeckwith) August 28, 2014
“Russia’s actions in Ukraine are TAN-tamount to war.” — Obama, I wish.
— Eric Geller (@ericgeller) August 28, 2014
The big picture
So finally everyone is talking about what a male politician is wearing.
— Ali N. (@anniesperson) August 28, 2014
This is also probably the only time Obama’s critics have wished there was more black in the White House.
— Ben Dreyfuss (@bendreyfuss) August 28, 2014
Reading the tea leaves
Tan suit = war
— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) August 28, 2014
I’m sorry but you can’t declare war in a suit like that.
— Damian Paletta (@damianpaletta) August 28, 2014
Beige E N G H A Z I Suit
— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) August 28, 2014
B E TaN Suit G H A Z I
— Sarah Kliff (@sarahkliff) August 28, 2014
TAN SUIT C O R N
— Political Line (@PoliticaILine) August 28, 2014
Aaaand the parody Twitter accounts…
— Brian Rie$ (@moneyries) August 28, 2014
Two of which didn’t last
— Neetzan Zimmerman (@neetzan) August 28, 2014
— Andrew Couts (@AndrewCouts) August 28, 2014
Worst of all: It all might happen again
Message from senior White House official: ‘He loves that suit.’
— Susan Page (@SusanPage) August 28, 2014
Screenshot via White House livestream
Eric Geller is a politics reporter who focuses on cybersecurity, surveillance, encryption, and privacy. A former staff writer at the Daily Dot, Geller joined Politico in June 2016, where he's focused on policymaking at the White House, the Justice Department, the State Department, and the Commerce Department.