The Story of Barack Obama’s Jacket on His InStyle Cover


Former US President Barack Obama scored himself a subscriber cover of InStyle just in time for the release of his memoir A Promised Land. In the magazine feature, he shares an excerpt from his book and speaks about the most influential women in his life (of course that includes Michelle, Malia, and Sasha). But the navy lululemon bomber jacket he put on to pose for photographer Shaniqwa Jarvis? Well, that’s a story in and of itself.

You might remember when Obama joined Joe Biden’s campaign trail in late October and a video of him picking up a basketball and casually sinking a three-pointer went viral. It happened in the Northwestern High School gym in Flint, Michigan, and the whole scene, which Obama promptly posted on Twitter, even caught the attention of LeBron James.

When InStyle editor-in-chief Laura Brown invited Obama to take his portrait, she requested he put on his…

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