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Republican Furious With Obama’s Tan Suit, Turns Out He Has One of His Own

This week, twitter exploded when President Obama attended a press conference wearing a lightweight and apparently cringe-worthy summer suit.

Ryan Teague Beckwith, a DC journalist, quickly tweeted, “YES WE TAN” when he saw Obama’s light attire.

Kevin Connoley quipped about the summer suit flap, “Hope we one day live in a nation where people are judged not by the color of their suit, but by the content of their character.”

Others, of course, pointed out the President was trying to talk about serious things like ISIS and the beheading of an American journalist and perhaps the world would be a better place if we could focus on world problems, not fashion choices.

Amid the mostly lighthearted fun, however, it turns out one Republican got truly hot under the collar by Obama’s non-traditional press conference choice.

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) called into a conservative show to explain just why he was outraged at the tan suit and why all patriotic Americans should be too.

“For him to walk out — I’m not trying to be trivial here — in a light suit, light tan suit, saying that first he wants to talk about what most Americans care about the revision of second quarter numbers on the economy,” King ranted. “This is a week after Jim Foley was beheaded and he’s trying to act like real Americans care about the economy, not about ISIS and not about terrorism. And then he goes on to say he has no strategy.”

By the way,  as The Mudflats pointed out, the last President to rock a tan suit at a press conference was Republican hero Ronald Reagan, who wore a suit when talking to the Pope, discussing the Cold War, and meeting Sandra Day O’ Conner.


Of course, that is entirely different, as King later explained because Obama’s suit is a ‘metaphor.’

“I don’t care what color he wore if he was addressing the issues seriously, but to me it was a metaphor for the entire lack of decision-making, the lack of seriousness and the lack of addressing how vital and mortal this is to the United States,” the Congressman said in defense of his suit remarks.

Which leaves only one question. What was the ‘metaphor’ King was trying to express when he was caught tan-suited back in 2000?


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Tamar is a New York based freelance writer and photographer whose work has appeared in over 15 publications. You can catch her work regularly on Issue Hawk, Latest, Jspace, and MediaGlobal.