President Barack Obama has been ribbed for his so-called “dad jeans” worn on many occasions, including when he threw the first pitch at the 2009 All-Star Game.
“I’ve been unfairly maligned about my jeans,” Obama told Ryan Seacrest a couple months ago. “The truth is, generally I look very sharp in jeans.”
Still, Thursday at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, Obama admitted that the first lady got rid of the infamous jeans.
“I hear that with all the media attention about it, there was also some interest in the jeans I wore that night,” he said, donating the Chicago White Sox jacket he wore for the 2009 pitch but not the jeans. “But Michelle retired those jeans quite a while back.”
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Obama is the first sitting president to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame in its 75-year history.
On Thursday, the he signed a presidential memorandum giving his homeland security and commerce secretaries four months to come up with a plan to streamline the entry process and reduce wait times for those who wish to visit the United States from other countries.
He also asked these departments to work with the 15 largest U.S. airports, following steps taken by Dallas-Fort Worth and Chicago international airports to cut wait times.
“Believe it or not, tourism is an export,” Obama said last week. “And if we make it easier for more foreign visitors to visit and spend money at America’s attractions and unparalleled national parks, that helps local businesses and grows the economy for everyone.”
Cooperstown is a small town but the museum attracts nearly 300,000 visitors a year, creating and sustaining jobs there and supporting the local economy.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.