Yet, when the press conference ended, the general talks of the day were not about a lack of strategy in the fight against the terrorist group in the Middle East.
Instead, and for the taupe, the color of the suit Obama wore that day.
Five years in Washington may feel like a lifetime, and the way Obama's suit was covered then, compared to what would be trivial in today's news cycle, is a great example of how many times have changed.
The main problem was the shock of Obama coming out of his normal, traditional blue or gray suits, that it caused such a divisive disruption to America's normal tentative acceptance of the presidential election. New York reporter Peter King committed to it during a CNN statement at the time, saying it made the country look less serious about undertaking ISIS.
"(Obama) looked like he was about to go to a party in Hampton," King said.
The titles abounded ̵
Just this week it was reported that President Donald Trump was discussing nuanced hurricanes, trade deals in China, suggesting that the first lady of the United States met North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and wished a happy birthday to the entertainment man for the world fight.
This is just a sample.
Perhaps then, a larger, larger White House corps would be more easily distracted by topics than they would be today – the president announced that he had no definitive strategy as he was simultaneously sending more US troops abroad. But five years ago, Washington seemed more inclined to trade nonsense about the absurdity of the Obama fashion election than to double the legitimate content of the press conference. Not that there were any stories or focus on the ISIS crisis – there were. But the bigger departure from the day, in terms of popular vernacular, was that Obama shouldn't have worn a tan.
So talkative was the talk of a suit that forced then-Secretary Josh Ernest to tell reporters the next day that Obama was still "feeling pretty good about his decision" to wear it.
"The president is strongly behind the decision he made yesterday to put on his summer suit at yesterday's press conference," said Ernest, a frequent attendee of the briefing podium, which was now abandoned by the press secretary to last 170 days.
A month before the Obama press conference, Washington Post reporter Jason Rezayan was arrested in Iran on espionage charges and ultimately convicted in the Iran process. On Wednesday, the fifth anniversary of the tan, he offered the most insightful moment and a note of perspective.