Obama’s Wardrobe Warfare

Obama's Wardrobe Warfare

A fashion faux pas puts the POTUS in a state of potential wardrobe warfare with the Prime Minister of Israel.

Washington D.C. – America is on the verge of wardrobe warfare after the President of the United States snubbed Israel’s Prime Minister on his recent visit.

His reasoning? A high-ranked Obama administration official confided, “He met Netanyahu on the tarmac of Ronald Reagan National Airport, which was difficult enough for the President. But when the Prime Minister disembarked from his plane, the President nearly lost it. They both wore a black suit, white shirt, and cornflower blue tie! It was a fashion disaster!”

As a matter of tradition, Republicans wear red neckties while Democrats wear blue, representing their party colors. A statesman like Benjamin Netanyahu, well versed in the intricacies of the political landscape, may well have orchestrated the fashion faux pas with the express intent to throw President Obama off his game.

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As seen in these photos, the President dresses in a navy blue suit with a blue tie more often than not. His choice to go with a black suit for the meeting on the tarmac likely stems from the rocky relationship he shares with the Israeli Prime Minister. In blue he is The Great Progressive; in black he is the hard-nosed American stalwart.

While their disagreement on matters concerning the conflict between Israel and Palestine has reached epic and historical proportions, Obama’s dislike of Netanyahu is born of the man’s one-upmanship rather than his political leanings. Obama suffered embarrassment on national television in 2011 when his Israeli counterpart lectured him on issues concerning the borders of Palestine and Israel.

netanyahu“This was worse,” stated the informant. “The President dressed in the epitome of high-power fashion, only to have Netanyahu wear the exact same suit, shirt, and necktie. Not just the color, either. The tie was the same pattern! It was like Bibi wanted to put Obama in his place.”

This was not the first time the two have had a fashion clash. The story of Wardrobe Warfare: Obama vs. Netanyahu his its roots as early as Obama’s 2008 visit to Israel, when both men wore tan suits. Convinced he still “rocked the desert shades,” the President wore the suit to a press conference in the summer of 2014. Politicians and social media slammed him for wearing a suit discordant with the seriousness of the topic of the briefing, the ISIS threat in the Middle East.

Benjamin Netanyahu gave a speech before Congress on March 3, 2015 with mixed responses from the two political extremes in the United States. While many Democratic leaders attended and even took part in a standing ovation to welcome the Prime Minister, President Obama refused to attend or even watch.

Sources claim he remained in the White House master suite planning wardrobe revenge on his Israeli nemesis.

Simon Hawk
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Simon Hawk

Simon Hawk is a thinker, writer, satirist, and full-time oddball. As Chief Diversionist of Knozzle, his job is to write, baby, write with the intention of making his audience think and laugh. Or at least chuckle.

When not hunched over his computer, he spends his time on a balcony overlooking the Arkansas River (pronounced ar-KAN-zas, people!) playing Death Metal’s Greatest Hits on his diamond-studded kazoo. He sometimes pretends to know the meaning of life, but mostly just knows the meaning of obscure words like “sesquipedalian”.