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Time to Assign Meaning to Barack Obama’s Bad Vacation Clothes

Barack Obama admitted, "I'm a little frumpy," after a highly publicized bout of "mom jeans" in the summer of 2009. This was after another major mom-jeans offense on the campaign trail in 2008, after which he seemed to have learned what were good jeans and what were bad jeans. He went on to wear some nice suits, some shocking sandals, and, the men's fashion authorities at Esquire assert, has by now "often been accused of having swagger. Or, of possessing a level of fashion savoir-faire." But WHAT is he doing in Martha's Vineyard on his vacation? He went and dad-ed himself out in the least sexy jeans he could find again, is what he did. Not to mention boxy polos that did nothing for his figure, and a confused tie-less suit that aged him faster than the job of being the POTUS does.

"He knows better," Esquire says. And yet, they're happy he let out his inner frump:

And because we all know that he knows better, we have to assume this has all been on purpose. And good for him: The president's electability is in jeopardy, the economy is apparently going to hell, and many were upset the Obamas took this trip in the first place. Now, imagine the added vitriol if he actually looked enviable while on vacation? People are mad enough already, so it's smart that he didn't. It's not fair, though: While many expect the Republican candidates to present themselves as presidential, our man in office will only benefit from looking like something of a schlub.


You know maybe it's the bikes. Every time the man gets near a bike ride or throws a baseball or does something sporty that allows him to wear jeans while he does it, he seems to go super dorky. But that can be his thing, it's fine. Michelle just makes up for it after wearing clothes for like five seconds.

On Vacation, Barack Obama, and His Lack of Style [Esquire]

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