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Unless he’s wearing a tan suit, it’s not often that Barack Obama‘s wardrobe causes a stir. That all changed Wednesday evening.
The former president turned up in Durham, N.C., on Feb. 20 to watch the North Carolina Tar Heels play the Duke Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Both teams wear blue and white, but Obama eschewed team colors in favor of basic black. The reception his look has received, however, is anything but basic.
Eagle-viewed viewers noted that the former POTUS’s Rag & Bone black bomber jacket — which some have now dubbed an “O-bomber” — has “44” stitched in white on the sleeve. It’s a reference to his standing as the 44th president, and it’s fair to say that a little bit of embroidery has never caused such a fuss.
The look has earned Obama — often ribbed for wearing “dad jeans” — some sartorial street cred.
Obama flexing on them with the 44 on his jacket pic.twitter.com/YTLrPPJKnX
— MB (@babyitsmb) February 21, 2019
This mf drip is NAUSEATING.. Obama with the “44” black bomber jacket.
— ASHL(EE) (@ashleeonair) February 21, 2019
Obama has on a black bomber jacket with 44 on the sleeve, yalls president could never 🗣🗣🗣 pic.twitter.com/oLbfNZuRJ3
— J Perk (@jalenerin) February 21, 2019
Obama out here in the O-Bomberrrrrrr!! #44
— Era (@ERA_wav) February 21, 2019
You may be cool but you will never be former President Barack Obama at the Duke versus North Carolina game wearing an all black bomber jacket with an embroidered number 44 on the sleeve, cool. https://t.co/eqW5QnbAep
— Plus One Cards (@PlusOneCards) February 21, 2019
Obama did not have to do it to us with that ‘44’. That’s such a hard flex. https://t.co/WbpI7T9lhE
— TyGuy (@TyGuyRedding) February 21, 2019
That's my President
— R. (@gullyblanchard) February 21, 2019
Of course, not everyone was a fan.
Obama showed up at the UNC vs. Duke game and it seemed like he was pulling for Duke. That’s reason number 44 you should not be a Duke fan
— Si_Baby™ (@josiahdennis32) February 21, 2019
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