08/31/2014 08:52 am ET Updated Oct 31, 2014

Can You Wear a Tan Suit and Still Love Your Country?

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We all know that loving your country is a serious matter, especially when you are the president. And we all know that wearing a dark color is taken to be far more serious than wearing a light one. Those stout hearted Americans who were so upset that their president discussed serious matters in a tan suit last week had good and patriotic reason for their outbursts. But perhaps they didn't notice what would certainly have relieved them of their concern.

On his left lapel, less discernible against the lighter fabric was his flag pin, proof positive that he was just as loyal, just as dedicated to the stars and stripes in tan as we have known him to be in black or blue serge. Was it there because he personally could not, would not be without it? Or did the First Lady call out, "Hold it, Sweetie, you forgot your pin." We'll never know for sure, but the proof is in the putting and he didn't walk into that conference before putting it on.