Barack Obama Picks Out Sweaters for His Girls at the Gap: 'I Think the Ladies Will Be Impressed by My Style Sense!'

03/11/2014 at 06:07 PM ET

Barack Obama at the GAPSaul Loeb/AFP/Getty

One might think the most famous “dad jeans” wearer in the free world would be wary of being photographed inside a Gap, but not President Barack Obama.

While in Manhattan for some Democratic party fundraisers, the president stopped at one of the chain’s Midtown stores Tuesday to pick up a few souvenirs for the ladies back home (and to not-so-coincidentally make a plug for raising the minimum wage; he praised Gap for voluntarily doing so for its employees).

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Sales associate Susan Panariello suggested a hoodie for Michelle, but was told the First Lady is not a hoodie type. How about V-neck sweaters for Sasha and Malia? “I’m worried the V-neck is going to slip,” he said in protective dad mode. In the end, Obama ended up with a blue workout jacket for the First Lady and two modestly crew-necked sweaters (one gray-and-white, one coral) for his daughters.

“I think the ladies will be impressed by my style sense,” he said as he approached the registers.

And, yes, he was asked to apply for a Gap credit card so he could save 15 percent on his purchase. He demurred.

–Sandra Sobieraj Westfall

FILED UNDER: Michelle Obama , Shopping

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Ick on

Response to Kay: LOVE your comment to Renee who we should feel sorry for as she is clearly ignorant and uninformed.
I, too, love Bush and his family. Bush truly loves America. It is very clear that Barack Hussein Obama does NOT care one bit about America and hates all she represents.
Unfortunately, idiots like Renee (and yes, I’ll name call because she deserves it) cannot be reasoned with. She will remain loyal even though all her rights will eventually taken away like the rest of us. Obama’s agenda is to ruin America. I fear for my children’s futures because of him and his administration.

Pat on

He should not be interrupting other people’s shopping that way. I’m sure his security detail had to clear out the store so that he could shop. I would have been so irritated if I had been there trying to shop. Stick to online, Mr. President, so as not to inconvenience the rest of us. Hey, it was your career choice, so deal with the consequences!

Ick on

Response to Clay: You must be related to Renee as your comment is ignorant.

Ick on

Response to both “Guests”: So happy for you that you “feel very privileged to have witnessed” BO’s presidency. He is the most deceptive and divisive president EVER and yes, we all will witness him being exposed for the great liar in chief that he is when Lois Lerner gets busted (not a smidgeon of corruption – – direct quote from BO), the truth comes out about Benghazi (let me guess, you think it’s a “phony scandal”), the NSA (oh, BO knew NOTHING about it. At all.) and so much more. NO trust, NO confidence in BO or his administration. Not my president. End of story.

Truthfinder on

HOW do you people not know that all this is, is a photo opp.
PLEASE tell me that even the Obama kool aid drinkers won’t
cop to that! COME ON…
Can’t wait until our national nightmare is over and Obama is gone for good!

Nancy on

This is for Susan: Clearly not an Obama fan. However, what makes you think he’s different than any other President or politician? They are all the same . . . and they are manufactured by the MEDIA in this country. Do you live under a rock?

Nanu 08 on

Does he ever just WORK? Golfing, vacations, and now shopping….wow! where does he find the time to work????

Tina on

Sure, there’s nothing wrong with President of the USA shopping in the gap. But then I heard he made an appearance on #BetweenTwoFernsWithZachGalifiniakis. Really? There was a time when the only time you saw the US President was when he made his State of the Union Address.

Kate on

Because there is obviously nothing else in the world or the country that needs attending to. All is A-OK, fine and dandy. Roger that!

R on

Something about this smacks of publicity for Gap–another corporation setting up a photo op with the President so we are further blinded to shady corporate practices. Ho, hum…

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