We already know that former President Obama wasn’t too flashy during the various state dinners, galas, and balls he hosted in office. But now we know just how much he preferred not to make a splash.
In an interview with Apple executive Lisa Jackson at WWDC this week, his wife, Michelle, let slip the juicy detail that Obama only donned one tuxedo during his entire eight years in office.
“This is the unfair thing,” she told Jackson, according to HuffPost. “You talk about Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, no matter what we do, he puts on that same tux. Now, people take pictures of the shoes I wear, the bracelets, the necklace – they didn’t comment that for eight years he wore that same tux.”
While Michelle was being scrutinized for everything she wore, her husband was skirting by with the same pale-black, notched-lapel number.
It makes sense that Obama would be able to get by without anyone noticing, though. After all, a tuxedo is one of the items that Business Insider says a man can buy once and wear forever. If the president of the United States can get away with having one tuxedo, wearing it several times a year, there’s no real reason for you to have more than one, either.
Obama, however, does seem to technically have at least two tuxedo jackets. He’s also been photographed wearing a jacket with a peak lapel, a style distinct from the usual notch lapel he usually wore.
- Getty/Chip Somodevilla
So was the former first lady fibbing to get her point across? We doubt it. She probably just didn’t notice, as two tuxedo jackets mostly look the same to the undiscerning eye.