Obama Has No Guayaberas Today

“President Obama” is the answer to “one of these not like the others” in this world leaders photo taken during his Colombia visit.

Presumably, he didn’t want to have one of those embarrassing “local costume” photos that typically come out of these meetings circulating in an election year. But the guayabera and similar shirts have been a staple of the American male summer wardrobe for decades.

Photo: El Universal

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  1. I suppose he could be wearing one under the jacket. Although I thought the “silly local costume photo-op” exercise was just an ASEAN thing.


  2. SKI says:

    Looks like the female leader two rows above him isn’t playing either…


  3. Dazedandconfused says:

    After what went down with his security detail, I wouldn’t be taking off the Kevlar either.