CelebrityBarack Obama's Bad Tracksuit Is Now a Great Meme
And Twitter ain't allowing him to live it down.
If you're looking for a dose of retro style this fall, look no further than the tracksuit. They'll transport you back to the luscious '70s or the boom box '80s depending on your choice of brand and color. (A helpful tip: Gucci is '70s, Adidas is '80s.) But you still have to know which tracksuit to buy. The ones we fancy are cut slim like, well, an actual suit, and are styled to a T with modern staples like graphic tees and head-turning hi-tops. The best part is they look good on everyone, whether you're Young Thug or just a young guy.
Our fearless president Barack Obama was apparently on board with the tracksuit vibe all the way back in 2009—but that's about as far as we'll go. In fact, his black Adidas tracksuit has now resurfaced in the magical place that never forgets anything—Twitter dot com—and achieved meme status. Basically, the meme pokes fun at the Commander in Chief for his dad-induced anti-swag essence. Many have also noted that Obama is dressed like and older, less stylish version of London-based rapper (and noted friend of Drake) Skepta, a man who wears black tracksuits better than almost anyone (even on the runway). As for the sign in the back that reads "69," well that's unrelated but is basically catnip for retweet-hungry timeline junkies.
Of course, not everyone is mad at Barack's swerve, even if we respectfully disagree.
The other style foul Barry-O committed on that fateful day in '09 is that he wore an Adidas tracksuit with Nike running shoes and a Nike T-shirt. That's like mixing Coke and Pepsi in the same glass, or putting Taylor Swift and Kanye West on the same playlist. Not even the leader of t he free world can do it, despite Nike's commands.
But if six years later Obama wants to get right with the Twitterverse and the Legion of Tracksuit Style (which is basically us at our laptops), we know just the fix. In fact, Adidas makes a slimmer version of the exact tracksuit he's wearing in this photo. And at just over $100 for the full look, it's a move that can work across the aisle. Barack, we love you, and we know a lot has changed since 2009. But it's time your tracksuit enter the future too.