Obama's casual, off-duty style could be sending an important message

After eight long years of leading the free world, former President Obama is relaxing. He's been spotted wearing casual clothing reminiscent of a dad who's just taking a load off on vacation.

On Sunday, the day after Trump accused Obama of wiretapping his phones during the 2016 campaign, the former president was photographed leaving the National Gallery of Art in a brown leather jacket and dark denim. GQ called his out-of-office style "on point."

This is a far cry from outfits we've seen on other ex-presidents, who usually favor wearing a suit sans tie indicating that they're off-duty but still professional.

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BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS - FEBRUARY 1: In this undated image former President Barack Obama takes a break from learning to kitesurf at Richard Branson's Necker Island retreat on February 1, 2017 in the British Virgin Islands. Former President Obama and his wife Michelle have been on an extended vacation since leaving office on January 20. (Photo by Jack Brockway/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Major League Baseball's All-Star game in St. Louis. (Photo by Brooks Kraft LLC/Corbis via Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama reacts to his putt on the first green as he plays golf at Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts on the island of Martha's Vineyard August 7, 2016. / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama rides his bicycle as he is followed by his daughter Malia in West Tisbury on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, on August 27, 2010. The US First Family is vacationing on the island until August 29. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
VINEYARD HAVEN, MA - AUGUST 25: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama plays the ninth hole at Mink Meadows Golf Club August 25, 2010 while vacationing on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. The Obama's are heading into their last weekend on the island before returning to Washington on Sunday. Barack Obama and his family are vacationing on Martha's Vineyard August 19-29. (Photo by Darren McCollester-Pool/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama waves as he and First Lady Michelle Obama leave a restaurant after having dinner on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, on August 24, 2010. The US First Family is vacationing on the Island till August 29. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama waves after ordering lunch at Nancy's restaurant in Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, on August 25, 2010. The US First Family is vacationing on the Island until August 29. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama addresses troops with First Lady Michelle Obama at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kailua on December 25, 2016. / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama doffs his cap after putting on the 18th green at the Kapolei Golf Club in Kapolei on December 21, 2016 during his annual Christmas vacation in Hawaii. / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
HONOLULU, HAWAII - DECEMBER 27: US President Barack Obama waves at the media while holding hands with his daughter, Sasha, as they walk with friends at Sea Life Park on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 in Waimanalo, Hawaii. Obama spent the afternoon at the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve before visiting the marine wildlife park. (Photo by Kent Nishimura/Pool) (Photo by Kent Nishimura/Corbis via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 7: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama waves to the media as he arrives on the South Lawn of the White House July 7, 2013 in Washington, D.C. Obama spent the holiday weekend at Camp David. (Photo by Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 04: U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk down the South Portico stairs to work the rope line as they host a Fourth of July barbecue for military heroes and their families on the South Lawn of the White House on July 4, 2013 in Washington, DC. The president and first lady are hosting members of the military and their families in commemoration of Independence Day. (Photo by Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama talks to reporters as he plays golf with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razzak at Marine Corps Base Hawaii on December 24, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. President Obama greets well wishers at Marine Corps Base Hawaii during his December 2014 annual vacation with the First Family in Kailua, Hawaii on the Island of Oahu
US President Barack Obama arrives to hand out treats to children trick-or-treating for Halloween on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, October 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
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On vacation in the Caribbean just after leaving office, Obama was even spotted wearing a backwards hat. If that doesn't scream "casual cool," nothing does. After all, Obama once said:

"Here's the general rule: You don't put stuff on your head if you're president. That's politics 101. You never look good wearing something on your head."

But he's no longer president, so all bets are off.

Obama's recent outfits are perhaps a signal that he plans to stay out of politics for the time being. He's simply not dressed for Washington, DC. After all, how many politicians have you seen wearing a leather jacket?

A reminder, of course, that this is only for now. If we start to see Obama adopting the standard uniform of the ex-president or politician, we might expect some political action.

For now, though, Obama is keeping it relaxed.

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