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

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Renee on

This is MY president. I love that he thinks of his family. I love the visions that he has and stands up for the average person in America. Better than Bush, Jr! Gosh, what a mess that idiot left this country!!

Oh and I am UNEMPLOYED. It isn’t this president’s fault. It is the company whom I worked for and Bush, Jr. for making a mess out of the financial and job markets. Oh, and blame the Repub-tards for NOT renewing the extended Unemployment benefits. CONGRESS changed the laws, NOT the President. Might want to get your facts straight!!! You look really dumb when you don’t. ;)

Driane on

How much did the Gap ‘donate’ for that ad?

Susan on

Gee Renee, nothing seems to be Obama’s fault… you said it was congress…. how come it wasn’t congress’s fault when Bush wasn’t president. Keep on believing… Bush wasn’t a good president either but he was a heck of a lot better than Obama. I’m getting tired of voting for the person least likely to do damage….

Lana Davis on

Love Love Love Barack! The sexiest anbd smartest president EVER! Viva americans who votes for him twice, no everything is lost for america, glad there are smart people in here:)

Gwen on

Publicity stunt. Trying to make it look like he is like his constituents. Hmmmmmmm, where can I go shopping with all my handouts?

Kay on

Hey Renee, I was actually reading your post …then I saw you used the word “republic-tard”……just showed your ignorance. Name calling, especially using that word …. And I’m speaking of anything with tard at the end makes you clueless.
I also love George Bush and am very sad for what Mr. Obama has turned this great country into. Maybe some sensitivity classes would help you.

clay on

The idiots that thinks Obama should have time from work to shop shouldn’t have the time themselves to shop,vacation nor the time to be posting their hate Obama remarks. Obama is a down to earth person and not the billionaires puppet like most of the teaparty politians are .

Ick on

Enough already! He is not a celebrity. Neither are any members of the family. I do NOT care! People Magazine, you’re going to lose subscribers with constant stories about BO & family.

Ick on

Response to Renee

The Republicans nor Bush are the reason for your F A T B U T T being unemployed.

proud sister on

Hey Renee, I have a mentally disabled brother and everytime someone shows their intelligence by calling someone a retard or republic-tard or any kind of TARD, I realize that my brother has more class in his little finger than you will ever have. Try to grow up, if you want to point out that you love Obama,that is your choice. Everyone has an opinion of who they like but please, write your thoughts with research, educated opinions without demeaning yourself with off the wall, inane, thoughtless diatribes that hurt anyone who loves someone who has the gift of loving everyone but are clueless that there are mean-spirited people that think they are superior by calling someone a re- TARD. I hope you get more sensitive when you grow up.

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