The Story Behind Obama's (Extremely Good) Three-Point Bomber Jacket

Avidan Grossman
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Photo credit: Elaine Chung - Hearst Owned
Photo credit: Elaine Chung - Hearst Owned

From Esquire

We thirst after a lot of well-dressed people on this site. (And by "we" I mean me, but it's slightly less mortifying on my end if you'll allow me the nosism.) I'm not ashamed of it. If some notable name turns up in undeniably big fit I see it as nothing less than my civic duty to break down the whole look using the sort of rigorous, heavy-hitting reporting you've all come to expect from coverage of this caliber.

And speaking of civic duty: ladies and gentlemen, the 44th President of the United States! We missed you, baby. You been up to anything exciting lately? I've got to say, you look good, guy. While on the road stumping for his former VP (showing off his downright dirty pull-up form in the process) the ex-POTUS made a strong case for his legacy as the country's straight-talking moral conscience, and its latest...style icon?

The former President has a history of turning up unexpectedly in some pretty sweet outerwear—last year he came through to a Duke home game in a sleek black Rag & Bone bomber custom embroidered with "44" by the sleeve, a not-so-subtle nod to his last gig that had the internet going positively nuts. But on the road with president-elect Joe Biden, Barry O. pulled out all the style stops, putting on for the future of democracy in a perfectly cut stand-collar bomber jacket that seems to be from Lululemon Lab's 2018 collaboration with Vancouver-based retailer Roden Gray. (That particular style's no longer available, sadly, but the brand's Intermission Bomber isn't too far off, ditto its Storm Field Jacket.)

Photo credit: Drew Angerer - Getty Images
Photo credit: Drew Angerer - Getty Images

Obama's like that ex who notices your current partner is a dramatic downgrade from when you guys were together and, honestly, feels a little bit smug about it. He sees the dude America's with now, and he knows you know he's looking mighty fine in comparison. Bet you wish you could take back a few of the things you said before we broke up, huh? Y'all are never getting this again!

With all due respect, sir, why not skip the series of chart-topping memoirs and lucrative content deals and go straight to the brand collaborations the people really want? Pull a Prince Harry and pivot to full-on lifestyle influencing. Hell, license your name to a series of increasingly bewildering products that have less and less to do with your political bona fides. Who wouldn't want to wind down after a long, hard day in Joe Biden's America by lighting a scented candle infused with the subtle notes of nutmeg, bergamot, and lukewarm bipartisan support? Or spray on a hint of Barack by Barack Obama Pour Homme before leaving the house in the mask-free evenings of the future? We're all ready, sir! The opportunities are truly endless.

Thank you for your service, Mr. President. We miss you. Looking forward to seeing you shilling your new line of high-end, utilitarian outerwear on the 'gram in the near future. (Please?)

Nothing but respect for MY favorite new influencer.

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