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Photos from the Apec Summit in Vietnam

November 20, 2006 11:26 AM

In 1993, Bill Clinton gave out leather bomber jackets at the first Apec summit in Seattle.  Now the tradition is that the world leaders all dress up in the host country's traditional attire.

This is what the tradition has lead to:


Photo credit: Wonkette via NYT via AP via Canadian Press

Were there any good ideas that came out of the Clinton administration?  Clearly, the implications of the bomber jacket idea were not well thought through.


That's unfortunate.

But you have to hand it to Bush. He manages to look like a pretty tough SOB .... for a guy wearing some kind of fruity kimono, anyway.

Brendan   ·  November 20, 2006 12:13 PM

Sigh...and we just finished laughing our heads off over Mrs. Schori, aka Purple Haze and her Cope of Many Colours. This picture reminds me of a line from MST3K's 'Space Mutiny': "I shall don my warrior mumu!"

Dr. Mabuse   ·  November 20, 2006 09:03 PM

When I was at Sewanee, Dr. Mabuse, one of the professor's houses was actually called "Purple Haze." Yes, the professors' houses had names. It was a big old Victorian that was painted purple, and it's name was Purple Haze. No joke. It belonged to a studio art professor, who also once made Newsweek because he believed he'd once been kidnapped by aliens (the outer space kind, not the south of the border kind). He was not part of the Episcopal glitterati on the mountain, though--they weren't that far gone. So there's no connection to the bishop kind of purple. Not even to Eucharistic Prayer C, from the American Prayer Book (Eucharistic Prayer C is the one that's all "through the realms of interstellar space...")

In retrospect though, I'm sure it wasn't a coincidence. A house called "Purple Haze" at the most Episcopal school in the U.S.? Looking back, I'm a little stunned that the irony was lost on me at the time.

NBS   ·  November 20, 2006 10:42 PM

Jeez, I saw Bush-in-a-kimono on the Daily Show, and I thought they must have photo-shopped it. I googled it to be sure, and voila!

This image is quite interesting, because world "leaders" are normally so concerned about their image.

Maybe Bush and Pooty-Poot are getting so used to playing dress-up games at their private boy-loving parties (and at Bohemian Grove) that they think the rest of us will think it's cute.

Haig   ·  December 1, 2006 01:06 PM