President Joe Biden wore a tan suit during his press conference on Friday, August 6, sparking comparisons to when former President Barack Obama wore a tan suit himself. The clothing choice went viral on social media, with Biden’s suit trending on Twitter.
Biden Wore a Tan Suit During His Press Conference
In an unusual move for the sitting President, Biden chose to wear a tan suit during his press conference, where he delivered remarks on the July jobs report. In the video below you can see him wearing the suit, around 33 minutes in.
His clothing choice quickly went viral, as #TanSuit and other related terms trended on Twitter.
The Hill speculated that Biden’s choice might have been purposefully paying homage to Obama, since his birthday was just two days ago.
Tara McKelvey of BBC tweeted that she couldn’t focus on what Biden was saying about the economy and vaccinations because she was so distracted by his tan suit.
People were quick to point out the similarities between Biden’s choice and Obama’s tan suit from a 2014 press conference. Today, Biden wore a white shirt and a green tie with his tan suit.
People on Twitter couldn’t stop talking about his suit. One person tweeted: “Biden needs to stop playin! He broke out a tan suit.”
Here are more photos of Biden’s suit from different angles.
The suit included a tan suit jacket and tan pants.
He wore a green tie that contrasted the neutral colors of the suit.
Some people were complimentary of his suit. One person tweeted “@WhieHouse loved the tan suit @POTUS”
Obama Wore a Tan Suit in 2014 During a Press Conference About Russia & ISIS
In 2014, Obama went viral when he wore a tan suit during a press conference, The Hill reported.
On August 28, 2014, Obama was talking to the nation about ISIS, along with issues with Russia and Ukraine. Obama’s suit choice was unusual. In 2012 he had said he preferred just two colors of suits, noting: “You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits. I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.”
While some people simply joked about Obama’s choice at the time, Rep. Pete King was critical, saying “I don’t think any of us can excuse what the president did yesterday,” The Hill reported. On social media, many people were quick to criticize those who were overly critical about Obama’s suit.
Here are images of Obama’s suit from 2014 from different angles.
But Obama and Biden aren’t the only politicians who like tan suits. McConnell has been seen wearing a tan suit, including about a year ago.
He also was seen wearing the tan-colored suit in 2019.
In June, people on Twitter pointed out that it was a non-event when he wore a tan suit.