When President Barack Obama gave a White House news conference to discuss crises in the Middle East and Ukraine Thursday afternoon, Twitter users couldn’t help but notice the commander-in-chief’s tan summer suit. Obama admitted "we don’t have a strategy yet" on how to fight the Islamic State, but his attire was seen as a worse embarrassment by netizens.
The quips began the moment he stepped to the podium. Maybe Obama figured he had to wear it before Labor Day, some wondered. Some people loved it, some people hated it and two Twitter handles were even created in its honor. @Obamas_Tan_Suit and @BarackTanSuit.
— Obama's Tan Suit (@BarackTanSuit) August 28, 2014
Some of the posts written by Twitter users have been posted below:
Social media will comment more on the President's tan sport coat than his words.
â€” Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) August 28, 2014
Apparently I was so focused on Obama's remarks on war and peace that I utterly missed the Twitter explosion over his tan suit. My bad
— HowardKurtz (@HowardKurtz) August 28, 2014
I don’t care that Obama’s suit is tan. The problem with the suit is that it’s EMPTY.
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) August 28, 2014
BREAKING: President Obama wears tan suit to press conference, Internet expresses outrage while wearing pajamas on the couch
— Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) August 28, 2014
Carter in tan sweater: Malaise Speech Obama in a tan suit: We Don't Have A Strategy Speech pic.twitter.com/pUB3ZQxi0M
— Cuffé (@CuffyMeh) August 28, 2014
I just can't get past President Obama's tan suit. pic.twitter.com/YBT4I8RyQ1
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) August 28, 2014
For those who were interested in more than Obama’s fashion statement, the president said he would meet with the National Security Council to discuss the Islamic State threat, according to ABC News.
“The options that I’m asking for from the Joint Chiefs focuses primarily on making sure that ISIL is not overrunning Iraq,” the president said. "We don’t have a strategy yet ... Some of the news reports suggests that folks are getting a little further ahead of where we’re at than we currently are.”
“As commander in chief, I will always do what is necessary to protect the American people,” he added. “Our military action in Iraq has to be part of a broader comprehensive strategy to protect our people and to support our partners who are taking the fight to ISIL."
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