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What do you think some of the reactions would be if President Obama appeared in public wearing a hoodie?

Asked by Brian1946 (28278points) March 24th, 2012

My question is based partly on an opinion defecated by Geraldo Rivera.

It’s also based on an image I had of the President giving a speech or going to the grocery store wearing one.

I fully sympathize with the family and loved ones of Trayvon Martin, so I mean no disrespect to his memory or them in asking this question.

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chyna's avatar

My image of a president is in a suit or business casual clothes. If he did wear a hoodie, I’d be mildly surprised.

jca's avatar

I would be somewhat surprised, too, but it would sure send a clear message! Photograph is worth a thousand words! I would like to see it.

Brian1946's avatar


“I would like to see it.”

Me too.

I wonder what would happen to Zimmerman if he tried to make a “citizen’s arrest” on a black man wearing a hoodie, if that man just happened to be surrounded by Secret Service agents. ;-)

Bellatrix's avatar

He isn’t my president but if he was nipping down to the local shop to buy a carton of milk or out for a jog or something – I wouldn’t care.

I would care more about the decisions he was making and policies he was enacting.

filmfann's avatar

This week on CountDown, Keith Olbermann has been wearing a hoodie.
It was a nice show of solidarity.
I think it would be a bit silly for the president to wear such a thing. People laughed at Jimmy Carter for wearing sweaters.

Coloma's avatar

I could care less. He is only a man and why shouldn’t it be okay to wear whatever he wants on his off stage time? Poor guy, he just can’t win. lol

gailcalled's avatar

Both Clinton and Bush jogged in jogging clothes (and not a three-piece navy suit) that got sweaty.

Haleth's avatar

JFC, that article makes me so angry. Victim-blaming for a murder? This is a horrible new low. It’s appalling.

gondwanalon's avatar

It would be OK if Obama was exercising or on a camping trip wearing a hoodie, but not for a press conference or a speech. That would be a display of general lack of presidential bearing or professionalism.

Bellatrix's avatar

This is the former Australian PM on one of his daily walks. He was often photographed in a tracksuit out exercising.

Here he is watching a sporting event.

Here is one of the opposition leader enjoying his sporting activity (surely this is worse than a hoodie!).

Honestly, I do not get why anyone would care if Obama was seen in a hoodie? If he started turning up to official events or even to daily meetings in casual attire, perhaps I could see the fuss, but being seen in casual attire otherwise is unprofessional how?

I understand about the original news story about the child who was shot and for the life of me I can’t understand why wearing a hoodie should in any way explain or justify shooting a child but I also don’t get why it should matter if your president wears a hoodie casually? Perhaps someone can explain this to me?

augustlan's avatar

He’d be accused of ‘turning’ the incident into a racial situation (as if it wasn’t already one, and as he has already been accused of doing), or perhaps a fashion situation.

KateTheGreat's avatar

I’d love to see that. I’d think nothing of it. Wearing a suit all the time gets boring.

ucme's avatar

I think his tiny head would get lost in the hood making him appear like Ben Kanobi.
This would be a good thing to laugh at & therefore i’d be all in favour of him adopting the look.

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