President Barack Obama on his dad jeans: 'I am a little frumpy'

Last week, we weighed in on the "dad jeans" President Barack Obama wore when throwing the first pitch at the All-Star Game with a short post on PopWatch that got tongues wagging. My musings even got picked up in a Politico.com round-up asking whether President Obama had lost his cool. (Hi, again, Dad! Frank Stransky is loving the attention.)

Now, the always jovial commander-in-chief has responded in an interview this morning on Today! These are pressing times with pressing issues, folks. In a chat this a.m., Today host Meredith Viera hilariously asked Obama: "Do you want to defend the pants?"

Here's what Obama had to say:

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The fact that such a matter is paired in an interview mostly about the president's health care efforts is simply classic. Completely ridiculous, but classic. And his good-natured response is even better: “I am a little frumpy," he admitted. "Those jeans are comfortable, and for those of you who want your president to look great in his tight jeans, I’m sorry — I’m not the guy. It just doesn’t fit me. I’m not 20.”

Simply put, I love this guy. Even more now, if that's possible. But still, I'd love to see him in some tight jeans. (Let's just be honest.) PopWatchers, what say you? Amused by the President's response? Dismayed that such a topic is on the table during the turbulent times we live in? If you had to pick, what brand of jeans would you like to see him in? Sound off in the comments section below!

More on President Obama from EW:
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  • JC

    Please pause for a moment to worship the One. [pause] Now back to substance. His healthcare plan is a major disaster. His economic policies are delaying the recovery. You may now resume your mindless admiration.

  • Granticus

    Obama definitely belongs in a snazzy pair of Jordache.

  • dani

    The jeans really aren’t bad. He’s at a sporting event not a fashion show. Did love his answer though!

  • m

    We have not seen the full effects of his economic policies. Anyone looking for an instant solution is not going to find one, regardless if you are a democrat or republican. The economy is not a digital device that you have to only click the right button to fix. Leading economists on both sides have written about how Obama’s stimulus plan prevented a larger crash. How much more it will do and how quickly, we can only wait and see.

  • Jean Genie

    Obama is not a magician or a fashion plate – I’m sick of the media & others skeptics/haters always putting him under a microscope.

  • aliveandwell

    Who cares about his jeans. Ask him questions about his awful stimulus plans, health plan, and why is he ruining our economy, trying to evolve this country into a socialist society. Also why is he telling us to tighten the belt while he and wifey are spending our money on clothes, traveling and all things that will not help our economy. He really is typical of the beggar who was given a horse to ride and ran away with it.

    • nikki

      If Bush hadn’t put us into this mess NO!, 1 would have to clean up.. Learn to like it… Cuz at this point in the game it’s not what if it’s what IS!…

  • Jadee

    Hey … he pulled a straw man on us! We don’t want to see him in “tight” jeans … just jeans that actually fit, in a darker wash and a couple inches longer.

  • Reader

    I liked his loose fitting jeans. They suited him well =)

  • Chris

    Nothing wrong with injecting a little levity into a heady discussion on the important issues. So long as the issues aren’t held hostage by the fluff. Oops too late.

  • nicole

    Go to YOUTUBE and watch
    LITTLE MONKEY BOY CLIMBING
    its a funny video!

  • Chavela

    POTUS is oh so right, comfort. Ah, comfort in his skin and in his jeans. Ya gotta love this guy cause he knows what is important and it ain’t his jeans.

  • Ellen

    I think that we have to be resigned to the fact that part of Obama’s popularity is that he’s probably the USA’s most attractive President (and Michelle is probably one of the most beautiful first ladies), ever – which means he’s going to have to put up with being asked daft questions you’d usually only ask Zac Efron. On the plus side, it is quite entertaining watching Sarkozy and Carla Bruni trying to claw back some of the limelight at international events. On a more respectable plus side, thanks to his popularity and celebrity-status, people tuning in to hear him talk about his jeans are also more likely to pay attention when he talks about healthcare, so I can live with it.

  • Nat

    This was a ridiculous enough article the first time it was written. Now it’s been resurrected to an even more ridiculous level.
    I’m sorry Tanner, but they’re a freakin’ pair of jeans. Get over it.

  • keith

    My god, you guys called this a breaking news?
    why stopped at his jean?
    he is a man. he can wear anything that he likes as long as it is comfortable.
    if this is new way of journalism now a day, no wonder many news organizations are filling for bankruptcy.

  • Winona

    What’s wrong with a pair of classic American Levi’s (I’m assuming 560s)? I thought he looked fine – he looked like any other suburban dad coming to a baseball game.

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