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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.

  • Jan Crowley Gwasdacus

    You do realize your article refers to “Rep. Steve King (R-NY)”. The NY idiot is *Peter* King. Steve King is the idiot from Iowa.

    • Tamar Auber

      Thanks, this version indeed makes the correction (and yes I did inadvertently get my idiots mixed up in the earlier version)

    • clever_sobriquet

      She can be forgiven, there are just sooooooo many to choose from.

  • nidur

    Obama’s problem is he PWB. President while black. Also the republican strategy is to find something that is wrong with the president, or that he is to blame for, no matter what happens. Sometimes it is actually funny to listen to them strain for something to say about him. Here is FDR describing the republicans in his time https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrxH0pSyfho

    • Dorothy B

      I agree with you. I have been saying the same thing for over 6 years now. It doesn’t matter what he (President Obama) does, there will be some fault in it from the other side. I often say that if he walks on water, he’d be blamed for not being able to swim.

  • Scott Cornett

    The GOP doesn’t care about how tan the suit is on the President. What they really care about is how tan the President is in the suit. They’re just too cowardly to say this out loud.

    • Matt

      Nailed it.

  • Estella Cohen

    Don’t these guys know about photos? Jealous haters. Obama has done something they can’t ….be nominated and elected POTUS twice. LOL

  • Lynda L B Duke

    I don’t get it…what is wrong with a Tan suit????

  • UltraL

    He mis-spoke – he meant to say he’s furious with Obama’s tan.

  • Vicky

    Seriously??? So what !!! Who cares what kind of suit or color suit Pres Obama wears !!!!!! He looks good in anything he wears. 🙂