Obama speechwriter mocks Trump: A press conference disaster used to mean a tan suit

A former speechwriter to President Obama mocked President Trump's Tuesday press conference in which he doubled down on his claim that "both sides" bear the blame for violence in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday.

Cody Keenan, who worked for Obama from 2007 to 2017, joked on Twitter that a bad presidential press conference used to mean wearing a tan suit — a reference to a widely mocked White House press briefing in 2014, during which Obama wore a tan suit.

Journalists poked fun at the suit at the time, many joking that the suit was so informal it looked like Obama was on vacation.

"Simpler times, when this was classified as a press conference disaster," Keenan wrote on Twitter, including a screenshot of an article titled "Suitgate: Obama's tan suit controversy."

On Tuesday, Trump faced a barrage of questions from reporters about why he did not immediately condemn by name racist protesters and the KKK after a woman was killed and more than a dozen were injured in Charlottesville over the weekend.


The president told journalists that he wanted to "know the facts" before saying more than what he initially said Saturday, before doubling down on his earlier comments and saying there is “blame on both sides.”

“What about the alt-left that came charging at the — as you say, the alt-right?” Trump asked reporters.

“Do they have any semblance of guilt? What about the fact they came charging with clubs in their hands, swinging clubs? Do they have any problem? I think they do," he said. "As far as I am concerned, that was a horrible, horrible day.”