WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 4: President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attend the Kennedy Center Honors show December 4, 2016 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. (Photo by Aude Guerrucci-Pool/Getty Images)
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Michelle Obama revealed a secret about Barack Obama’s formal wear during his eight years in the White House: He wore the same tuxedo and shoes the entire time.
During a talk at Tuesday Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California, the former first lady lamented on how every detail of her outfits was critiqued while her husband got away with wearing the same shoes and tuxedo for years, and no one seemed to notice.
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 18: U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and first lady Michelle Obama (2nd L) stand with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife Mrs. Agnese Landini upon arrival for a state dinner at the White House, October 18, 2016 in Washington, DC. President Obama is hosting the last state visit of his presidency. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
“This is the unfair thing,” Michelle Obama said. “You talk about Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers -- no matter what we do, he puts on that same tux. Now, people take pictures of the shoes I wear, the bracelets, the necklace -- they didn’t comment that for eight years he wore the same tux, same shoes.
The former first lady also shared the story behind a photo of her fixing her husband’s bow tie. She told the audience that they would always greet visiting state leaders at the North Portico, and while they were waiting, there were 100 members of the press also waiting and clicking away with their cameras.
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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 25: U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama straightens U.S. President Barack Obama's tie while they wait on the North Portico for the arrival of Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Madame Peng Liyuan ahead of a state dinner at the White House September 25, 2015 in Washington, DC. Obama and Xi announced an agreement on curbing climate change and an understanding on cyber security. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
“So, we’re standing there waiting for the cars to roll in, and I was bored,” she said. “So I sort of thought, let me make sure my husband looks good.”
It’s unclear how many sets Barack Obama had of his signature outfit, but he was photographed wearing at least one different tuxedo jacket during his term.
“I’m very passionate about girls’ education, and we still have a long way to go on equality and access,” she said, talking about the absence of women in STEM fields. “We have to teach young girls they are smart and can compete.”