So... I was watching the president's remarks at Bagram AB as I pecked this out. I noticed he's sporting a very new looking USAF A2 jacket (at left) with an official "Air Force One" patch on his right breast and an official-looking USAF leather name tag on his left breast. The feed hasn't provided a close-up, but it looks like the leather name plate has a small gold presidential seal where the wearer's wings would normally go, "Barack Obama" as the usual and customary "name" line and what I suspect is "Commander in Chief" in the space where the wearer's rank usually goes (the UCR line always reads something like "Lt Col, USAF" or "TSgt, USAF").
All very right and proper according to USAF regulations... ooops, I mean "instructions." The image of The One in an A2 is jarring none the less, and I do NOT approve. There was nothing wrong with the traditional blue Air Force One jacket (at right) formerly worn by Obama and his predecessors. But Hey! He's always gotta be frickin' different, doesn't he?
Added, a few minutes later: I'm so frickin' pedantic. I had to google the dress and appearance AFI... and here's what it sez about the A2:
Leather A-2 flying jacket with flight suit, hospital whites, or service uniforms (not service dress uniform). Do not wear with civilian clothes. Attach MAJCOM patch and nametag with velcro. Nametag is 2 x 4 inches, brown or black leather, simulated leather. Emboss with wings or qualifying badge, first and last name, rank, and USAF. Members may add an inside pocket, at their expense, when it does not detract from the external appearance. The Wing and Star patch may be worn by individuals not assigned to a MAJCOM. Issue brown leather flying gloves may be worn. NOTE: Generals (4 Star), regardless of their Air Force Specialty Code are authorized to wear.I suppose The One issued himself a waiver, as is his right as CinC. That doesn't mean I gotta like it or that his wearing the A2 is "reasonable and proper."