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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Carolina Margonari on

OMG! I love OBAMA!

Gwen on

Excuse me…..I just threw up in my mouth a little.

what on

Wow……..he has time to go on talk shows, shop, interview with actors…..when does he work?

Guest on

Good on him for rewarding the GAP for their awesome support of a better minimum wage!! It’s like an extra $200 a month for full-time. I don’t think Republicans can spell minimum wage even though they love it ;-) Obama is such an interesting combination — able to deal with the huge global stuff and still relate to what matters everyday. I feel very privileged to have witnessed his presidency — gives you hope that reasonable people have a reasonable chance to make things better.

Guest on

Beautiful Story. Love that he acts like a regular person and shots for the women in his life. Love Gap for raising their pay.

Stacy on

He seems so personable and down to earth. :)

Susan on

Every thing about this man is so fake and manufactured… You folks are such pathetic sheep.

Delight on

He has time to shop while thousands are waiting on an unemployment extension? Must be nice

Susan on

So he goes to pick up a couple of souvenirs for the wife and kids… from the gap??? Like they don’t have one of those on every street corner? FAKE, FAKE, FAKE.

Dawn on

To Susan:
How is Obama shopping at the Gap fake? Do you know how stupid and ignorant you sound? He’s a husband and dad who was out shopping for his wife and children. Which I’m sure your husband may do for you sometimes (oops! that’s if you have one) In case you forgot, he is human. Lay off and stop hating and discriminating against him. I’m pretty sure if it was any other president, you and anybody else would not have a problem with. You would think what they’re doing is cool, cute and down-to-earth. President Obama is the most endearing president we have had since Bush became president and the the USA in a total mess but it seems as though, people had their blinders on and were wearing hard hats when he was in office. You are a hypocrite

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