Obama has no problem catching headlines. And he shouldn’t, he is the President Of The United States Of America. Admittedly, I don’t follow his, or other politicians headlines. But from time to time my attention is grabbed.
Case in point, when said POTUS took off his jacket in front of a crowd in Berlin last week while giving a speech on global warming. The political message interested me little. But the fact that the President took off his jacket while giving a speech in front of thousands? Sheeeit. This was no town hall meeting.
To set up the removal of his jacket Obama noted, “in fact, it’s so warm and I feel so good, I’m going to take off my jacket and anybody else who wants to – feel free to,” He went on to say that “we can be a little more informal among friends.”
Should us men’s style enthusiasts take issue with Mr. Obama’s choice? Um. Yes. Allow me to elaborate.
Let’s take into account the context of the situation. Our President was there to give a speech, I have read the crowd numbered a few thousand. German Chancellor Angela Merkel was also present. The temperature was high, perhaps even scorching. Clearly it was hot, hot enough to cause Obama to sweat profusely, even with his jacket off.
So should the scorching heat give Mr. Obama justification to remove his jacket? No. Why you may ask? Because of all of the other previously mentioned characteristics of the situation, it really comes down to formality and respect. First, he was speaking in front of a foreign audience in what seemed to be a fairly formal setting. But perhaps of more importance was that he was in the presence of the hosting head of state. Which to my mind requires a certain level of formality (think back to Justin Bieber) and respect; something that President Obama did not exhibit, in my opinion. And then there is the issue of the visible tank top underneath, certainly not a good look, but I’ll save that for another time.
As much as I hate sweating in a suit and prefer to be comfortable there are times when one must suffer or make sacrifice in order to keep face. Such is the way of things.
If Mr. Obama properly planned for the event he would have worn a suit of more suitable fabric. A fresco or high twist wool in something half lined or unlined. The suit would have been just as formal as the one he was wearing and he would’ve been able to keep it on.
Blunder on Mr. President,
Photos sourced from Miami Newsday.