Obama in Mom Jeans, Gerald Ford Shirtless: 10 Irresistibly Awkward Photos of Vacationing Presidents
BARACK OBAMA'S MOM JEANS
For Barack Obama, mom jeans were an off-hours wardrobe staple. The look first caught attention at the 2009 MLB All-Star Game, and he continued to rock it throughout his presidency. Here, he wears them on a August 2010 bike ride with daughter Sasha. Ankle socks and bike helmet finished off the then-president's R&R look.
BARACK OBAMA HANGS-TEN
On his annual winter vacation to Hawaii in 2013, Obama throws his hang-ten sign to say hi to those waiting to greet him. Cowabunga, dude!
BARACK OBAMA'S TAN SUIT
The dog-days-of-August vacation vibe went a little too far in 2014. The tan suit President Obama wore for this August 28, 2014, press briefing was quickly the butt of internet and late-night TV jokes.
GEORGE W. BUSH GOES FULL COWBOY
Yep. For President Bush (in August 2001 at his Crawford, Texas, ranch), this counted as "vacation" — clearing brush with a chainsaw and temperatures topping 100 degrees.
BILL CLINTON'S MOM JEANS
Sorry, President Obama. It was Bill Clinton (in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, in August 1996) who invented the POTUS-in-Mom-Jeans thing. But it was the '90s, after all.
AND HIS SHORT SHORTS
Before the mom jeans, there were short-shorts — on the beach in Hilton Head, South Carolina, in January 1993.
SWAYING IN THE SAND
No music, no problem. A photographer in a boat snapped this scene of Hillary and Bill Clinton in a private cove on St. Thomas in January 1998.
GEORGE H.W. BUSH: GONE FISHIN'
Holy Mackerel (or something)! Then-Vice President George H.W. Bush reeled in a presidential-sized catch while vacationing in Kennebunkport, Maine, in August 1983.
RONALD REAGAN'S BEANIE & BICEPS
Reagan's cool summer 1980's style included Baywatch-worthy showcasing of his muscled arms. But we're hard-pressed to explain that hat.
GERALD FORD'S UNPRECEDENTED SHIRTLESS COVER SHOOT
It was the first — and so far only — PEOPLE cover to feature a president (or, in this case, soon-to-be president) naked from the waist up. But Ford (shown here on the April 1, 1974 issue, just four months shy of becoming president) was clearly comfortable in his swimwear: In 1975 he invited the White House press corps to photograph him swimming laps in the then-new pool outside the Oval Office.