Rep. Peter King (R-NY) went on an extended rant about President Barack Obama’s decision to wear a tan suit during a statement about the terrorist group ISIS he delivered on Thursday at the White House.
“There’s no way any of us can excuse what the president did yesterday,” King said on NewsMaxTV on Friday. The interview was flagged by Buzzfeed. “When you have the world watching … a week, two weeks of anticipation of what the United States is gonna do. 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. 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.”
OK, Peter King is a nut, but what’s everyone else’s excuse?
While Washingtonian magazine Fashion Editor Kate Bennett gives the president props for “[stepping] out of the mold” and nixing a traditional blue or black suit, she says he instead “opted for a color” more associated with laid-back occasions than addressing the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or the situation in Ukraine.
“Personally, I think a tan suit is a little too casual for a press conference or a formal statement from the White House, but that’s just me,” Bennett says.
Are you serious? He’s at a press conference, not a funeral. But maybe I can see the point, since no other president has worn a tan suit in public.
Uh, but no Republican would wear a tan suit at a news conference:
Uh, but the patron saint of the GOP wouldn’t disgrace the Oval Office by wearing one:
Hell, Jimmy Carter wore a tan sweater for a major speech:
Look, presidents have been wearing tan suits forever.
In some of the most iconic images in American history:
And in situations that determined the fate of the free world:
So SHUT UP, SHUT UP, SHUT UP about Obama wearing a tan suit. Republicans aren’t mad because he wore one. They’re mad because he looked so good in it!