POLITICAL COMEDY HAZ A SAD  2:00 pm November 14, 2011

Mean Buzzkill Obama Cancels Beloved World Leader Costume Party

by Kirsten Boyd Johnson

Photo from when fun was still legal.Joyless schoolmarm Barack Obama unceremoniously decided to axe murder history’s last remaining awesome thing, the “ha ha, look at all the heads of state dressed up as goofy commoners” party time photo-op traditionally held each year for leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. But this year’s meeting is in luscious Hawaii, which makes aloha shirts and coconut bras officially too much sexy fun to appear to be having while Earth’s various economies burn. Of course the President of Serious couldn’t just say this, so he announced instead that he is Too Cool for silly shirts.

From the LA Times:

“I got rid of the Hawaiian shirts because I had looked at pictures of some of the previous APEC meetings and some of the garb that had appeared previously, and I thought this may be a tradition that we might want to break,” Obama said. “I suggested to the leaders — we gave them a shirt, and if they wanted to wear the shirt, I promise you it would have been fine.  But I didn’t hear a lot of complaints about us breaking precedent on that one.”

GAH, evil peer pressure! Poor Hu Jintao, he packed his grass skirt for nothing. [LA Times]

 

Hola wonkerados.

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boobookitteh November 14, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Obummer.

Infrogmation November 14, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Harry Truman weeps.

Devilette November 15, 2011 at 12:24 pm

FTW!!!

hagajim November 14, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Should have given them coconuts for their leadership skillz.

weejee November 14, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Yo blalah, none Maui Wowie?

finallyhappy November 14, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Those guys in hawaian shirts are like Mittens in his plaid shirts- totally fake

Tundra Grifter November 14, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Or Lamar Alexander in that red campaign shirt of his?

MaxNeanderthal November 14, 2011 at 2:05 pm

I don' like you laughing at my Bush, ya see, he get's the crazy idea you're laughin' at him……

nounverb911 November 14, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Can you smoke the grass skirts after you wear them?

SudsMcKenzie November 14, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Shouldn't they all be wearing barrels?

Jukesgrrl November 14, 2011 at 2:21 pm

And pretty soon they'll all be adding signs that say, "Needz Werk."

tymberwolf817 November 14, 2011 at 2:06 pm

That is a less than lovely bunch of coconuts.

prommie November 14, 2011 at 2:08 pm

That don't impress me; you want to impress me with your acts of ostentatious faux-austerity, you hold your fucking meeting in the Cherry Hill Travel-Lodge Conference Center. You can have the banquets at the adjoining China Buffet. There are plenty of hookers to be found, in bad weather, they gather under the I-295 overpass.

Tundra Grifter November 14, 2011 at 2:09 pm

prommie:

You wouldn't have an address to share, would you?

jus_wonderin November 14, 2011 at 2:23 pm

What does one call a group of hookers?? A gaggle?

bureaucrap November 14, 2011 at 2:26 pm

From now on we can call them an "APEC" of hookers.

MaxNeanderthal November 14, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Na, it's a "Silvio" of ladies of negotiable affection…..

Negropolis November 15, 2011 at 2:29 am

A "Bunga/o" of hookers, more like it.

Monsieur_Grumpe November 14, 2011 at 2:31 pm

congress

Negropolis November 15, 2011 at 2:29 am

Well played.

prommie November 14, 2011 at 2:35 pm

I don't know, but at least we all know what an assemblage of pedophiles would be called: a Sandusky. And why wasn't Pedo-Bear there at the epic showdown saturday between the Cornhuskers and the Cornholers?

prommie November 14, 2011 at 2:36 pm

A "vector?" A "lesion" of hookers?

Negropolis November 15, 2011 at 2:29 am

ROTFLMAO @ "Lesion". I'm partial to a "scab" or hookers.

Terry November 14, 2011 at 2:35 pm

How about the Cherry Hill Conference Center in the Maryland suburbs of DC? It's part conference center and part RV park. Nice enough place but staying in double wides will certainly induce a bit of humility in the attendees.

Guppy November 14, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Yes, let's have dignitaries from a bunch of Pacific nations fly to the Atlantic coast for their meeting.

prommie November 14, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Do I detect a hint of sarcasm?

Guppy November 14, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Depends. What day is this again?

Negropolis November 15, 2011 at 2:30 am

Everyday, at least for you.

Crowe2011 November 15, 2011 at 10:44 am

I'd like to officially invite Barack Obama to sleep on my couch during his next state visit to the UK. There – saved you a few $s.

Beowoof November 14, 2011 at 2:08 pm

What no dress like a doofus day? Impeach him now.

sati_demise November 14, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Not only that, but Obama and friends had to listen to a 45 minute set consisting of variations of this song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xq3BYw4xjxE

Truth is funnier than fiction!

DemmeFatale November 14, 2011 at 3:26 pm

What a pair of brass truck nutz on this guy!

An awesome combo of guts, an angelic voice and mad guitar skills!

FlexPerks November 14, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Makana, my new hero, he get 'um!

Lionel[redacted]Esq November 14, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Just another case of Obama imposing Sharia law on the rest of the world. What's next, no drinking at summits?

Jukesgrrl November 14, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Angela Merkel says, "Where's my backrub?"

McRibzgood November 14, 2011 at 2:09 pm

"I thought this may be a tradition that we might want to break,” I would like to see a tradition broken. The tradition of having multiple wars every generation.

DaRooster November 14, 2011 at 8:27 pm

Me thinks the tradition of selling out to lobbyists could go as well, too, also…

SorosBot November 14, 2011 at 2:10 pm

No Hawaiian shirts? What's next, will Obama discourage the world leaders from also wearing pastel shorts, white kneesox pulled up all the way with sandals, and fanny-packs?

DaRooster November 14, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Throw in a camera.

Guppy November 14, 2011 at 3:08 pm

He'll discourage their bunga bunga parties.

Tundra Grifter November 14, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Today, we are all swag-less, non-Hawaiian shirt wearers not having our photos taken, and not headed out to a Vegas junket.

Who knew Barack would be such a buster?

I was going to go with "Today they came for…" but I happen to agree with Mr. Obama on this one. After the way they went after Harry S Truman for wearing his aloha shirt down in Key West – and that was before party photos surfaced on Facebook – ya just can't be too careful!

unclejeems November 14, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Well, maybe they could just sit on wicker chairs, like Harry and these other two guys, and soak up some of that Hawaiian sunshine.

Or they could sit and play the piano at a nice south-sea-themed bar, and stare at Lauren Bacall's gams, like Harry here in that other picture. http://www.otrcat.com/harry-s-truman-speeches-p-4

When you're a bona-fide World Leader, there's no limit to the fun you could have on your day out with the guys.

Speaking of Harry, sometimes I wish he'd come back.

CessnaDriver November 15, 2011 at 5:56 pm

Harry was over at the Senate getting his drink on when he ascended to the Presidency.

May have been the only President sworn in with a snootfull. They sobered up Andrew Johnson before Lincoln died.

Schmannnity November 14, 2011 at 2:11 pm

There is no bigger joyless prick than a recent ex-smoker.

jus_wonderin November 14, 2011 at 2:27 pm

You won me with that. The statement is as real as the law of gravity.

CthuNHu November 14, 2011 at 10:49 pm

It's not a law. It's only a theory that's out there.

CessnaDriver November 15, 2011 at 5:59 pm

The problem is that when we start, we believe that we are bigger than the addiction.

chascates November 14, 2011 at 2:11 pm

The standard Republican uniform of dark blue suit, white shirt, red tie, and flag lapel pin should apply.

Jukesgrrl November 14, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Next it will be the black pants, white shirt, and dog on the car roof, required by Mormons.

CessnaDriver November 15, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Do they ever check to see where the flag pins are made?

SmutBoffin November 14, 2011 at 2:11 pm

So he won't wear one of those Guy Fawkes masks when he visits an Occupy camp, I take it?

Sue4466 November 14, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Obama mocks nation's unemployed with brightly colored vacation wear at economic summit.

Obama alienates world leaders and puts American textile jobs in jeopardy.

OneDollarJuana November 14, 2011 at 3:32 pm

There aren't any American textile jobs.

(correction: I did just buy some US made sheets, so there is a glimmer of hopey)

Sue4466 November 14, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Kind of adorable that you think facts still matter.

DaRooster November 14, 2011 at 8:29 pm

As did I… organic even…

anniegetyerfun November 14, 2011 at 4:10 pm

I think the official try-out forums for Fox Editorials are on Red State.

Oh, you're applying for a Daily Show writing position? Carry on.

DaRooster November 14, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Needs more Illuminati…

HarryButtle November 14, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Jimmy Buffet wept.

Chillwaver November 14, 2011 at 2:31 pm

"Margaritaville" is Bohener's favorite Karaoke song…

jus_wonderin November 14, 2011 at 2:32 pm

"Blew out my flipflop. Stepped on a poptop. Cut my heal. Had to cruise on back home."

Callyson November 14, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Complaints from Hawaiian shirt makers about the job – killing Obama administration in 3…2…1…

sati_demise November 14, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Manaka also does a mean version of Led Zepplin:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBuR9ykZT24&fe

voice of an angel

justkillmenow November 14, 2011 at 2:15 pm

I heard he offered to take them on a tour of the hospital where he was born. Now THAT is funny.

Sue4466 November 14, 2011 at 2:18 pm

But he's in Hawaii, not Kenya.

freakishlywrong November 14, 2011 at 2:16 pm

No Hawaiian shirt day? He's History's biggest Monster.

SayItWithWookies November 14, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Oh, those costume pics were a veritable gift: What's the hardest thing about liberating the children of Iraq? Getting the bloodstains out of the clown suit.

Nostrildamus November 14, 2011 at 2:35 pm

W's clown suit is precious. Was Tony Blair dressed like a bass drum?

Goonemeritus November 14, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Without Silvio Berlusconi it just won’t be the same anyhow. It’s not like Angela Merkel is going to step up and be the new class clown.

elviouslyqueer November 14, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Oh please. That will always be Sarkozy's job.

Chichikovovich November 14, 2011 at 3:00 pm

AKA "Sarkoléon" as Le Canard Enchaîné calls him.

Negropolis November 15, 2011 at 2:46 am

He'll probably be out of a job on the next go-around, I hear. Too bad it won't be Segolene replacing him.

b[redact]opple November 14, 2011 at 3:35 pm

This is all because Merkel refuses to wear anything that's not 100% velvet. (Really, go check — this is literally true.)

The Germans believe inter alia that a well-upholstered chancellor is their best defense against hyperinflation.

V572625694 November 14, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Aloha shirts pau, brudda.

littlebigdaddy November 14, 2011 at 2:20 pm

What's next? A ban on red reindeer sweaters with little gold jingle bells at the WH War on Xmas party?

DaRooster November 14, 2011 at 2:21 pm

So without the shirts… it'll just be a bunch of folks in only coconut bras?

HarryButtle November 14, 2011 at 2:55 pm

If we're lucky, Sarkozy will bring the missus.

Chichikovovich November 14, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Except Steven Harper, who is going the full monty.

johnnyzhivago November 14, 2011 at 2:23 pm

First swag, now hawaiian shirts. Why does Obama want to put Chinese slave laborers out of work?

anniegetyerfun November 14, 2011 at 4:12 pm

It's terrible. It's not like they have food stamps in China to fall back on. I mean, it's good. We should be like them. I think?

johnnyzhivago November 14, 2011 at 2:24 pm

You know who else got rid of the Hawaiian shirts at Summit Meetings???

bureaucrap November 14, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Tom Selleck?

jus_wonderin November 14, 2011 at 2:38 pm

hubba hubba

jodyleek November 14, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Hirohito?

ifthethunderdontgetya November 14, 2011 at 2:37 pm

HITLER!
~

jus_wonderin November 14, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Bill Daily as Bob Hartley's friendly but inept neighbor, airline navigator Howard Borden?

johnnyzhivago November 14, 2011 at 2:45 pm

You're all WRONG! The correct answer is King Kamehameha V

Nothingisamiss November 14, 2011 at 3:46 pm

!!!

Preferred Customer November 14, 2011 at 2:51 pm

McKinley?

Not_So_Much November 14, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Vladimir Putin? (but that's a trick question, since he has removed all shirts from his wardrobe.)

Chillwaver November 14, 2011 at 2:24 pm

We all knew that Barry was #TEAMWARREN and not #TEAMJIMMY

LiveToServeYa November 14, 2011 at 2:34 pm

This lack of travesty is a travesty.

RadiosTyrone November 14, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Do you know who else refused to wear goofy shirts?

DaRooster November 14, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Gypsy Rose Lee?

padremickey November 14, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Yo mama?

DaRooster November 14, 2011 at 8:33 pm

That's what she said…

Negropolis November 15, 2011 at 2:47 am

Kernel Kaddafy?

ifthethunderdontgetya November 14, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Bummer, First Dude.
~

slithytoves November 14, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Wow- he has just turned around my wavering support for him. Those of us who believe world leaders should try to tone down the "I did bong hits in the limo" look salute you.

Mahousu November 14, 2011 at 2:42 pm

I am all in favor of the APEC leaders having to wear heavy wool suits the whole time they are in Hawaii. Perhaps they can all go for a walk on the beach, Richard Nixon-style.

samsuncle November 14, 2011 at 2:49 pm

What a bummer! Now the wingers won't be able to forward emails of Obama partying in a Hawaiian shirt when he could be cutting taxes, creating jobs and nuking Iran.

Come here a minute November 14, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Fortunately they didn't kill the plan to play "Margaritaville" at the closing ceremony.

CrunchyKnee November 14, 2011 at 2:54 pm

But, world "leaders" can't drive 55!

CrunchyKnee November 14, 2011 at 2:57 pm

I guess that leaves out prime minister Spicolli.

OneYieldRegular November 14, 2011 at 3:00 pm

I would have been so impressed had he then added, "We'll be wearing these cheap Kenyan shirts instead."

BTW, Wonkette, I can't believe you didn't go with the photo of the costumes worn at the summit in Thailand:
http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2006-11-19-ape

Guppy November 14, 2011 at 3:17 pm

What would have been the local native garb if this had been held in San Francisco instead?

anniegetyerfun November 14, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Assless chaps. I'm holding out hope that Romney will win in 2012 and make this happen.

DahBoner November 14, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Hu's on grass?

Allmighty_Manos November 14, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Why does Obama hate Hawaii?

DaRooster November 14, 2011 at 8:34 pm

"Cuz they pretend to be a state he lived in?

Antispandex November 14, 2011 at 4:25 pm

I'm sorry Barry. I can take a lot and put up with all of the, "you're just supporting him because he is a Democart", crap I get from the in-laws, but this is the last straw. Anyone who won't wear an aloha shirt is just a dick, and doesn't deserve my vote.

lochnessmonster November 14, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Every party needs a pooper that's why we invited you, party pooper, party pooper!

rocktonsam November 14, 2011 at 6:37 pm

aren't Hawaiian shirts for fat guys anyway?

DaRooster November 14, 2011 at 8:35 pm

HEY!!

Let's arm-RASSLE!!

CessnaDriver November 15, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Not in Hawaii.

snoopyfan2010 November 14, 2011 at 8:19 pm

So, the cool kid is really just the geek that had cool friends, huh?

ttommyunger November 14, 2011 at 11:47 pm

TOGA, TOGA, TOGA, TOGA!

Negropolis November 15, 2011 at 2:48 am

If it was solely up to him, they'd all be in sackcloth and ashes.

Chet Kincaid November 15, 2011 at 3:40 am

White presidents can get away with that shit, but if a brother dresses up in a turban and robes just once, the dumbfucks start clinging to their guns and religion!
http://www.tz-online.de/bilder/2009/01/28/63198/6

Biel_ze_Bubba November 15, 2011 at 9:36 am

Eggzactly why Obama wants to kill this tradition. Next meeting might be in Saudi Arabia, India, or some other place where headgear is traditional, and the racist mouth-breathers will go ballistic as soon as the photos come out. (The dumbfuckwingnuts can't tell one turban from another, and don't much care what religion a "raghead" actually subscribes to.)

Guppy November 15, 2011 at 9:37 am

So… today is everyday?

Sorry, I'm too damned sober for that much zen.

Devilette November 15, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Thanks for making me google Ed Hardy. Funny, I asked 19 y/o son if he heard of Ed Hardy, and his response was "hu'h?

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