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Twitter Nation distracted by president’s tan suit

This is a tan suit. It is being worn by President Barack Obama while he spoke in the White House Briefing Room Thursday. (AFP/Mandel Ngan/Getty)

[Update: Aug. 29, 12:05 p.m.] White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest just said, "The president stands squarely behind the decision he made yesterday to wear his summer suit."

[Original post] President Obama wore a tan suit on Thursday while talking about Ukraine and the Islamic State, and political Twitter promptly went nuts. Over the suit. You see, Obama has a tendency to wear gray or blue suits.

"You'll see I wear only gray or blue suits," Obama told Vanity Fair in 2012.  "I'm trying to pare down decisions. I don't want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make." But this suit was TAN. So, what message is he trying to send exactly? We consulted our in-house fashion expert -- Pulitzer prize winner Robin Givhan -- to answer just that question.  "There is nothing wrong with that suit – well, except it’s a little big," Givhan said. "As they always are." She added:

It says more about official, federal, political Washington that anything other than a dark suit with a white shirt and red tie counts as some sort of aesthetic heresy. That is a conservative two-button suit in a color that is perfectly appropriate for the time of year and the occasion. This was not a 'formal' news conference. Honestly, people are responding like he showed up in Pharrell Williams' short suit. I'm appalled by the Twitter feeds.

The Twitter, you say?  Well, yes, political Twitter did have a mini meltdown over the suit.


And, it also -- wait for it -- inspired some parodies.





Not everyone hated the look, though.

So, what really was the meaning behind all this? Per @BarackTanSuit (before the account was suspended):

Elahe Izadi is a general assignment national reporter for The Washington Post.



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