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No ‘Aloha’ Shirts at the APEC Summit

As customs go, it seems fairly harmless: As they gather for a group “family” photo at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, otherwise fusty and crusty world leaders don funny shirts or accessories, often with loud colors and garish patterns.

Perhaps it is no surprise that the fun-loving President Clinton started the tradition in 1993 when he hosted the summit in Seattle. Other leaders followed suit, offering their counterparts outfits that got increasingly unsightly each annum.

But not this year. Not with President Obama in charge. . .