President Barack Obama was the keynote speaker at the Seeds&Chips Global Food Innovation Summit in Milan, Italy on Tuesday, but the only thing the internet could talk about was the way the former president wore his button-down shirt.
Obama delivered his speech and casually wore a blazer over a button-down shirt—a button-down shirt that many said was one button too far.
Addressing the dangers of climate change as well as the consumption and waste of food around the globe, Obama said, “During the course of my presidency, I made climate change a top priority because I believe that for all the challenges that we face, this is the one that will define the contours of this century, more dramatically, perhaps, than any other.”
While perhaps the most hard-hitting component of Obama’s remarks came when he brought up worldwide food consumption, saying, “Our existing food system is a significant contributor to climate change. We need to create a food culture that encourages a demand for healthier more sustainable food.”
The former president noted that up to 40% of Americans waste food while other nations starve on a daily basis.
The message, however, might have been lost as most of the internet’s focus was more on Obama’s shirt rather than on his message.
See some of the comments below.
At his next speaking event Obama's gonna roll in with his shirt completely unbuttoned, piña colada in hand
— catherine mcaloon (@clmcaloon) May 9, 2017
Obama undoes an additional button for each month he's been out of office pic.twitter.com/rTtOfpI6q7
— Allan Smith (@akarl_smith) May 9, 2017
— Andrew Holland (@TheAndyHolland) May 9, 2017
Obama loses one shirt button per month chilling with Richard Branson. pic.twitter.com/ejqOaWAn7L
— Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald) May 9, 2017
Great. Now "half unbuttoned shirt" Obama is going to come out and give his take on Comey.
— CADS12 (@CheersObama) May 9, 2017
There's a direct correlation between how many shirt buttons Obama looses and how many months he spends with Richard Branson
— Diana Idibe (@diana_idibe) May 9, 2017
Happening now: Pres Obama speaking in Milan, Italy on Food scurity n Climate. Lots of cheers n energy, his shirt open like on the beach 😁
— Benji Ndolo (@BenjiNdolo) May 9, 2017