"I was persuaded by our team to perhaps break tradition, and so we have not required you to wear your aloha shirts."
Thus President Obama broke the 20-year tradition of having the assembled leaders at an APEC forum ditch their power suits and don the traditional local
Kind of a shame. After all, they were meeting in Obama's home state of Hawaii and those aloha shirts are pretty spiffy. They looked great on Elvis.
On the other hand, checking out Putin and Bush in traditional silk jackets at the 2001 forum in Shanghai, maybe it's a wise move.