An employee of a solar company near Salt Lake City thought he was attending a meeting for which a polo shirt with his company logo would be suitable. The meeting turned out to be a roundtable with President Barack Obama last Friday, the New York Post reports.
"Well, if I would have known this, I would have worn my military blues or at least a suit and tie," Vivint Solar employee Lance Futch told The Post. Futch is also member of the Air National Guard, according to the report.
It was hard not to spot Futch as he had a prime spot at the head of the meeting table.
In an interview with CNBC, Futch said "the realization came when I entered the room for the first time and I saw a name tag for President Obama and also a name tag for Sen. Orrin Hatch, everyone else, and myself two seats down."
Futch attempted to get his military blues in the car, but he was stopped by the secret service, which told him to stay put, he added during the interview.
Futch had been told that the meeting only required the presence of a company representative in the audience.
"Turns out they wanted a representative for a special roundtable with the president," said a company representative in a Reddit post. "Due to this mix-up we sent my friend...instead of the CEO."
Futch was able to make the best of the embarrassing situation and discuss Vivint Solar's role in the energy industry with the president. The latter didn't show any reaction seeing Futch's outfit, and remained courteous and even engaged him in conversation, Futch told CNBC.
The president was interested in the growth of the solar industry and the opportunities it offered to veterans.
Since the incident, Futch has garnered attention and given interviews to a handful of media outlets.