The standards for a president’s behavior have fallen so low, they’re dead and buried. Donald Trump has systematically demolished all expectations for how someone in the highest in the office in the land should act and maybe even for basic human decency. Scandal after scandal, hideous executive order after hideous executive order, his general celebration of violating human rights and support of racism. Every time you think it’s as bad as it could possibly be, it gets worse.
The presidency of Barack Obama wasn’t without conflict or problems, but in retrospect, a lot of the stuff he got criticized for seems positively quaint now. In particular, the “controversy” around Obama’s tan suit, which he wore five years ago (happy anniversary!) at a conference.
There’s no rule about what color suit a president has to wear, but it made waves. The Daily Show put together some clips of the Fox News cycle after this fashion statement was made and it’s pretty hilarious in retrospect.
Especially because, as they reveal, Obama was not the first president to wear a suit the color of a new fawn while in office.
On the fifth anniversary of Obama’s tan suit “scandal,” here’s a bunch of Republicans in tan suits. I’m starting to think conservatives didn’t actually care about suit color and their real problem was the color of something else. Wonder what that could possibly be? Hmmm. pic.twitter.com/n4F5JW20ch— Adam Best (@adamcbest) August 28, 2019
Happy Anniversary to Obama and the Great Tan Suit Scandal of 2014™ pic.twitter.com/zattbKJR3y— KatherineB (@Kat41150B) August 28, 2019
It seemed like a good opportunity to joke about the horrible changes our country has gone through in the last four years:
never forget that 5 years ago today, tan suit-gate rocked the united states to its core, setting a new precedent of presidential scandal & permanently staining the office of the presidency pic.twitter.com/hQ3Qgqmrqu— Robbie Couch (@robbie_couch) August 28, 2019
Remember when tan suits were what passed for controversy?!? pic.twitter.com/AAUNGbjUmX— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) August 28, 2019
President Obama spent 8 yrs in the White House.— Hakeem Jeffries (@RepJeffries) August 28, 2019
No indictments/No convictions/No corruption.
But 5 years ago today he wore a tan suit.
Republican sycophants who regularly excuse Trump’s corrupt behavior went nuts.
These people have ZERO CREDIBILITY. pic.twitter.com/320kOKWMcS
The day the music died.— Deep State Mimi (@MimiLeroch) August 28, 2019
— Deborah Larson King (@dlarsonking) August 28, 2019
This is actually what I’m feeling:
I was thinking the same thing! I would have guessed it was in his first term. I miss him so much!— EuniceCycle (@ohiovoter55) August 28, 2019
Nothing makes time seem crazier than reflecting on everything that’s happened since the tan suit. We’re all measuring time by Trump’s suits now, and they just keep getting flappier and cheaper looking. Soon he’ll be dressing in a full tent that covers the White House. Sounds crazy, but consider everything that’s already happened that seemed impossible when Obama was president.