- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 22, 2014

President Obama’s infamous “mom jeans” won’t be seen again.

The president said Thursday that his wife, first lady Michelle Obama, “retired” the widely maligned jeans Mr. Obama wore when throwing out the first pitch of the 2009 MLB All Star Game.

Speaking at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., the president said the Hall asked him for a piece of personal memorabilia.

“At the Hall’s request, I contributed something of my own, which is the jacket I wore when I threw out the first pitch at the 2009 All Star Game,” the president said. “I hear that with all the media attention about it, there was also some interest in the jeans I wore that night. But Michelle retired those jeans quite awhile back.”

Mr. Obama faced mockery after wearing a pair of ill-fitting, loose pants — dubbed “mom jeans” by some in the media — in addition to his Chicago White Sox jacket at the game.

Now that the first lady has rid the president’s closet of such jeans, Mr. Obama vehemently defends his taste in pants.

“I’ve been unfairly maligned about my jeans,” he told radio host Ryan Seacrest in March. “The truth is, generally I look very sharp in jeans. There was one episode like four years ago in which I was wearing some loose jeans, mainly because I was out on the pitcher’s mound and I didn’t want to feel confined while I was pitching, and I think I’ve paid my penance for that. I got whacked pretty good. Since that time, my jeans fit very well.”

Mr. Obama was at the Hall of Fame on Thursday to promote the economic benefits of tourism.

• Ben Wolfgang can be reached at bwolfgang@washingtontimes.com.

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