Obama Stuns Bookstore Shoppers With Leather Jacket, No Mom Jeans

Monday, 02 Dec 2013 03:08 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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Bookstore shoppers were stunned as President Barack Obama browsed through the Politics and Prose store on Small Business Saturday, buying books and visiting with shoppers, but making an even bigger splash than his appearance was his wardrobe.

In a brown leather jacket and dark blue jeans, Obama appeared to be shaking off some of the style problems that have plagued his casual wardrobe. The Huffington Post recalled the time in 2009 that Obama told the "Today" show he hated to shop and was perfectly happy in jeans that were comfortable rather than stylish.

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At the time, Obama told "Today" that he’s a little "frumpy" and said, “Here's my attitude: Michelle, she looks fabulous. ... For people who want a president to look great in tight jeans, I'm sorry.” It was a reference in part to talk about the baggy, faded jeans the president wore to toss the first pitch at the MLB All-Star game in 2009.

Along with showing off a classy, casual style with his up-to-date look, which fit right in with daughters Malia and Sasha, Obama bought “Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football,” “Harold and the Purple Crayon,” and “Ragtime,” the Huffington Post said.

It’s not that Obama fails as a fashion icon. His navy blue and black suits are stylish and pretty classic in their fashion approach. But his casual apparel seemed a bit lacking.

Obama was out in part on Saturday to show his support of Small Business Saturday, which encourages shoppers to spend their money locally. His staff tweeted:

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