Fashionistas and Hawaiian shirt lovers, you know how the Hawaiian touristy shirts with local motifs have made a comeback this year and are still on-trend.
However, US President Barack Obama had asked Asia and Pacific leaders not to wear the local traditional clothing – namely the colorful Hawaiian shirt – at the APEC summit!
Having missed out on the opportunity to don the Hawaiian shirt – the attire of Obama’s birthplace itself – Barack Obama is apparently relishing the chance to don the tradition Indonesian shirt while meeting with the Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at the ASEAN summit.
Now, we all know that President Obama spent some of his childhood in Indonesia and undoubtedly has many fine memories of his early years in the Indonesian Islands, where he may have wore some traditional clothing.
Attending the gala dinner on November 18 during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and East Asia Summit in Nusa Dua in Indonesia's resort island of Bali, Barack chose a colorful green, black, red, white and orange shirt, while his Indonesian counterpart, Susilo, wore a deep red, black and white one.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also wore traditional Indonesian attire while attending the gala dinner in flattering colors maroon, pink and cream, paired with a black top underneath and accessorized with a red traditional sash.
President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton were also treated to traditional Balinese dancing during the gala dinner.
Perhaps President Obama felt that the Asian and Pacific leaders would look a little kitschy, if not silly, donning the Hawaiian shirts at the APEC summit but he’s more than made up for it by donning his Indonesian shirt at the ASEAN summit, along with Hillary Clinton!
Enjoy the slide show of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in Indonesia and thanks for reading…