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]

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  • boobookitteh


  • hagajim

    Should have given them coconuts for their leadership skillz.

  • Yo blalah, none Maui Wowie?

  • finallyhappy

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

    • Tundra Grifter

      Or Lamar Alexander in that red campaign shirt of his?

  • MaxNeanderthal

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

  • nounverb911

    Can you smoke the grass skirts after you wear them?

  • SudsMcKenzie

    Shouldn't they all be wearing barrels?

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

  • That is a less than lovely bunch of coconuts.

  • prommie

    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


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

    • jus_wonderin

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

      • bureaucrap

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

        • MaxNeanderthal

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

          • Negropolis

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

      • congress

        • Negropolis

          Well played.

      • prommie

        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

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

        • Negropolis

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

    • Terry

      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

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

      • prommie

        Do I detect a hint of sarcasm?

        • Guppy

          Depends. What day is this again?

          • Negropolis

            Everyday, at least for you.

          • Guppy

            So… today is everyday?

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

    • Crowe2011

      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

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

  • sati_demise

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

    Truth is funnier than fiction!

    • What a pair of brass truck nutz on this guy!

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

    • FlexPerks

      Makana, my new hero, he get 'um!

  • Lionel[redacted]Esq

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

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

  • McRibzgood

    "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

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

  • SorosBot

    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

      Throw in a camera.

    • Guppy

      He'll discourage their bunga bunga parties.

  • Tundra Grifter

    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

      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.

      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

        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

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

    • jus_wonderin

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

      • CthuNHu

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

    • CessnaDriver

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

  • chascates

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

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

    • CessnaDriver

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

  • SmutBoffin

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

  • Sue4466

    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

      There aren't any American textile jobs.

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

      • Sue4466

        Kind of adorable that you think facts still matter.

      • DaRooster

        As did I… organic even…

    • anniegetyerfun

      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

    Needs more Illuminati…

  • HarryButtle

    Jimmy Buffet wept.

    • "Margaritaville" is Bohener's favorite Karaoke song…

      • jus_wonderin

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

  • Callyson

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

  • sati_demise

    Manaka also does a mean version of Led Zepplin:

    voice of an angel

  • justkillmenow

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

    • Sue4466

      But he's in Hawaii, not Kenya.

  • freakishlywrong

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

  • SayItWithWookies

    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

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

  • Goonemeritus

    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

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

      • Chichikovovich

        AKA "Sarkoléon" as Le Canard Enchaîné calls him.

      • Negropolis

        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

      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

    Aloha shirts pau, brudda.

  • littlebigdaddy

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

  • DaRooster

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

    • HarryButtle

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

    • Chichikovovich

      Except Steven Harper, who is going the full monty.

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

    • anniegetyerfun

      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?

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

    • bureaucrap

      Tom Selleck?

      • jus_wonderin

        hubba hubba

    • jodyleek


    • HITLER!

    • jus_wonderin

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

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

      • Nothingisamiss


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    • Not_So_Much

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

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

  • LiveToServeYa

    This lack of travesty is a travesty.

  • RadiosTyrone

    Do you know who else refused to wear goofy shirts?

    • DaRooster

      Gypsy Rose Lee?

      • padremickey

        Yo mama?

        • DaRooster

          That's what she said…

    • Negropolis

      Kernel Kaddafy?

  • Bummer, First Dude.

  • slithytoves

    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

    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

    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

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

  • CrunchyKnee

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

  • CrunchyKnee

    I guess that leaves out prime minister Spicolli.

  • OneYieldRegular

    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:

  • Guppy

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

    • anniegetyerfun

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

  • DahBoner

    Hu's on grass?

  • Allmighty_Manos

    Why does Obama hate Hawaii?

    • DaRooster

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

  • Antispandex

    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

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

  • rocktonsam

    aren't Hawaiian shirts for fat guys anyway?

    • DaRooster


      Let's arm-RASSLE!!

    • CessnaDriver

      Not in Hawaii.

  • snoopyfan2010

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

  • ttommyunger


  • Negropolis

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

  • 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!

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      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.)

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