Hagel and Kerry Need to Give Obama Suit-and-Tie Advice

US President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference at the White House on Aug. 28. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference at the White House on Aug. 28. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Washington has been abuzz for the past 24 hours about President Obama’s suit choice during a rather important press conference Thursday afternoon that primarily focused on the threat posed by Islamic State militants.

This town, right?!?

The suit actually wasn’t a bad choice. After all, a tan-colored summer suit on one of the hottest days of the year is a good move.

I’ll confess, I wore a light-khaki summer suit to first official event I attended at the White House a number of years ago.

But as for Obama’s tie selection, that’s where the Commander in Chief went wrong. Horribly wrong. Gray with a gray and white stripe. Just awful.

Mr. President, you need to burn that tie. Ditch the stripes, and go with a bright solid next time. A light blue would have been a good selection.

Next time, call across the Potomac and ask Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel for some advice.

It's the tan suit again for a speech in Louisville, but this time it's a brighter blue tie. (Glenn Fawcett/DoD)

(Glenn Fawcett/DoD)

Or give Secretary of State John Kerry a call over in Foggy Bottom. That guy knows his ties.

And while we’re talking about suit-and-tie combos …

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