Terrell Jermaine Starr | The Root
When Barack Obama won the Iowa presidential primary in 2008 and went on to win Super Tuesday, I prayed the brotha didn’t have a side piece the Republicans could pull out to dash his hopes for winning the White House. Barring Fox News’ misleading reporting of his former pastor’s “Goddamn America” sermon and conservatives’ false associations between him and Bill Ayers, Obama pretty much had a scandal free presidency.
Then came the day in 2014 he wore a tan suit to a press conference. The white, untailored, blacks and greys suit-wearing Washington press corps and melanin-deficient Republicans erupted in pure horror. Rep. Peter King (R-NY) criticized the president’s “lack of seriousness.” Then came Fox News pundits who debated its color. Is it tan, cream, beige, taupe, or khaki? they incredulously asked. NBC News wrote that his suit “stole the spotlight.” Inside Edition labeled the event “suitgate.”