Captain President Barack Obama was in China earlier this week to attend the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. As is custom at the APEC, he donned the country’s traditional garb for a photo op with other world leaders. The garb of the year was, of course, a classic Chinese tunic with satin panels.
“What the f**k is he wearing?” Jon Stewart joked on The Daily Show. “He didn’t dress for the summit — he dressed for the Hunger Games.”
Everyone else thought he looked like a Star Trek character:
If you search “Obama Star Trek” on Twitter, you’ll mostly find right-wingers saying Obama embarrassed the USA by dressing as Spok, or mocking him and claiming that he went too far. Of course. Apparently they forgot the years of APECS where President Bush dressed in ponchos, raincoats, and batik shirts.
The tradition actually started some 20 years ago, with President Clinton. In 1993, the APEC summit was held in Seattle and he gifted the dignitaries in attendance with leather bomber jackets to wear for a photo. Since then, the host country has provided the outfit as a sign of unity.
If anything, Obama was the president who tried to nip it in the bud: “I looked at pictures of some of the previous APEC meetings and some of the garb that appeared previously and I thought this might be a tradition that we might want to break,” Obama told reporters at the APEC Summit in Honolulu in 2011.
Twitter: the final frontier for fact checking. Nonetheless live long and prosper.
Listen to what Michelle Obama told ET about tweeting from the White House: