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Obama speaks out on Internet's big issue: Dog pants

Technically Incorrect: The Web cannot decide which sort of pants dogs would wear. The president weighs in.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


The president makes the big decision.

The White House/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

We don't really care all that much about Iranian hostages, illegal immigration and natural-born presidential candidates.

What we really care about is what sort of trousers dogs should wear.

When I say "we," I mean the collective commonly known as "The Internet."

We speak with an instant, insistent voice. We reveal the true innards of our humanity every day. And we want to know whether dogs should wear trousers with four leg-holes, or just two.

President Barack Obama understands this. So he took to the East Room of the White House on Friday and gave an interview to YouTube personages Destin Sandlin, Ingrid Nilsen and Adande Thorne (aka Swoozie).

Wolflike, they blitzed him with the important questions of the day. This included the dog-pants conundrum.

It was Swoozie who posed it (around the 17-minute mark). Of course, he first quizzed the president about ISIS, Syria and many other issues. The president admitted that he was frustrated with the pace of government.

But then Swoozie fooled him into thinking easy questions were following. The first was about "Star Wars." Which "Star Wars" character would the president like to be? Han Solo, said Obama, because "he's a little bit of a rebel."

Wait, wasn't Solo somewhat reckless and, well, a smuggler? What could the president have been implying?

But then he was hit with the dog trousers. The president didn't seem to be already aware of the controversy. What has he been doing with his time?

He was, however, quite decisive about choosing the two-legged trousers that merely cover the dog's rear side.

You might think this issue painfully trivial. But it was covered by The Washington Post, so how trivial can it really be?

Indeed, Obama gave it the appropriate gravity when he explained that four-legged trousers were "a little too conservative" and used "too much fabric."

And there we have social policy and environmental sensitivity wrapped up in just a few words about dog pants.