President Obama's All-Star Game Pitch: Dad jeans on display

When I cracked this morning’s New York Post and saw the pictures of President Barack Obama’s first pitch at last night’s All-Star Game — because, let’s get real, I didn’t watch, I was too busy with higher-brow activities like watching Big Brother — I noticed only one thing: our Commander in Chief’s dad jeans. Did anyone else see the ode to well-meaning fathers everywhere? I recognized them immediately! And wondered: Did Obama’s stylist come steal them from the closet of Frank Stransky?

I suppose President Obama is indeed a father, so we should allow him such a strike against humanity. And I guess he couldn’t have come out in skin-tight baseball pants (or, rather, why not?) or the suit pants that he normally dons. But my, oh my. I wasn’t ready to see him in such an ill-fitting pair of what look like 501s. I thought he was cooler than that, somehow. This humanizing of the President doesn’t sit so well with me. See the video of his pitch below — the view of the egregious dad jeans is best about 50 seconds in.

I guess it should be said that, forgetting about the dad jeans breach for a second, Obama did do his duty and didn’t let the ceremonial first pitch hit the dirt, but just barely. (St. Louis Cardinals all-star Albert Pujols saved him by casually making a really nice grab at the last second.) Also, random observation: Obama is a lefty. I’m sure everyone else already knew this (or not?), but I’m just coming up to speed. Makes sense, since lefties are usually extra smart and all that.

PopWatchers: Did you take note of Obama’s dad jeans? Are they also straight from your father’s glamorous wardrobe? Did you watch the All-Star Game — or were you in the gutter with me watching Big Brother instead?

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  • PeterBilt The Nature Boy

    dad pants? this is a right wing conspiracy to bring down our president. ha ha ha just kidding. i guess i dont really know what dad jeans are. but those jeans weren’t exactly pimpin

  • clueless

    Um… I don’t see it. What are “dad” jeans? My dad wears jeans from the 1980s that are too tight for today’s standards. that’s what I was expecting to see and didn’t. What was “dad” about those jeans?

  • New Guinea

    He’s still cool.

  • LisaMama

    I watched the All-Star game, being a baseball fan from St. Louis, and President Obama was awesome. He joked with the players and signed autographs in the locker rooms before the game. He wore his favorite team’s jacket (the White Sox, being a proper south side Chicagoan) because he said “my wife thinks I look cute in it”. He talked knowledgeably about baseball with the announcer’s for a 1/2 inning and seemed genuinely interested in their opinions about why the American League always wins the All-Star game. And you are focusing on his jeans?!? Come on, EW, you’re better than that!

  • ASargent

    OK: the jeans weren’t THAT bad. Maybe they seemed less egregious to me because I read Tanner Stransky’s post (and had my expectations lowered) before I watched the actual clip, but I think the president was wise to go with a pair of nondescript, unremarkable jeans in this situation. Imagine the negative reaction if he’d gone out there wearing a pair of 7 For All Mankind Squiggle Pocket Bootcut Jeans in Barstow Wash? I think he would’ve taken much more heat for trying to be trendy. The pair he did wear struck me as the kind of typically baggy/casual ‘sweatpant’ jeans that any 40-something baseball fan might throw on to go to the game.

  • cookiegirl

    I’m not sure those were jeans, they looked more like blue dockers, they had a trouser-ish look to them. Don’t worry Tanner, President Obama is still the coolest guy on the planet, even if he decided to wear goofy plaid golf pants….

  • Ceballos

    My favorite part was when Fox didn’t show where the pitch actually landed as it was happening live. Did this not bother anyone else?! (Fortunately, we eventually got to see that Obama didn’t embarrass himself and the ball was just a little low.)
    Also, I didn’t know he was a lefty either, and for some reason I was surprised. Oh well.

  • cookiegirl

    I don’t think those were jeans, they looked more trouser-ish, like blue dockers. He’d still be the coolest guy on the planet if he wore goofy plaid golf pants….And didn’t David Cook do the Anthem? Any news on that? Any pictures of David and Obama?

  • Zo (A Lefty!)

    Yeah, I remember noticing at the debates, when they were writing their notes, that both McCain AND Obama were lefties. And then on one of O’s first days in office, signing some documents, he said something like, “Yeah, I’m a lefty. Get used to it.”

  • Jelana

    Well, he’s not David Beckham. He’s a forty-something dad and a policy wonk. Which is exactly as it should be. I agree with ASargent — I don’t want to see him in the same $300 pair of jeans that Hollywood stars wear. Dad jeans were perfect.

  • Ali

    I laughed out loud at the headline of this post. Dad jeans for sure!
    ***written by a late 20-something who is terrified of ever wearing “mom jeans”

  • ruth

    I did not see anything wrong with his pants. Don’t we have more to worry about that what the President is wearing to a baseball game.

  • Who Cares

    They’re pants. Who cares?
    This website is freaking crap.
    Awesome article Tanner.

  • Who Cares

    Who cares? They are pants.
    This website sucks balls.
    Awesome writing Tanner. I’m sure you’re proud of yourself.

  • KWise

    I laughed out loud at this article, but then it made me feel uncomfortable. I agree with an earlier poster – this is EW.com, not perez hilton or people.com. I like this website because it’s about entertainment, not CELEBRITIES or FASHION. This article appears, in my opinion, to have nothing to do with the mission of EW.

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