While everyone was focused on the first presidential debate on Monday, Barack Obama quietly violated an unspoken presidential rule that has left many shocked.
According to The Blaze, Obama broke the unspoken rule of presidential conduct when he wore a hat gifted to him during the White House’s 2016 Tribal Nations Conference. Obama was photographed in a hat and tribal blanket that was gifted to him by Native American leaders.
“What an amazing honor, and what a kind gesture for the honor song and the blanket and the hat,” Obama said after receiving the gifts, Time reported. “I have to say I’m also very glad that you also have a blanket for Michelle so she doesn’t steal mine. She would, too. I’m just saying.”
“That was very moving and is a reminder of the great friendships that we’ve developed over the last eight years,” he added.
While this may seem harmless, there is actually an unspoken rule against presidents wearing hats in public. Politico reported:
The unofficial rule against presidents wearing unusual hats is widely credited to Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis, whose decision to wear a tank-commander’s helmet during a ride in an M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank has been widely ridiculed to this day.
Obama was well aware of this “rule,” as proven by the fact that he refused to wear a football helmet gifted to him in 2013 by the Naval Academy’s football team.
“Here’s the general rule: You don’t put stuff on your head if you’re president,” Obama said at the time. “That’s Politics 101. You never look good wearing something on your head.”