For most of the last two decades, world leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit would don garb chosen by the hosts. The costumes made for a light moment at the picture-taking session — sober leaders in bomber jackets or pajama-style robes.
This year’s summit, hosted by President Obama in his native Hawaii, broke with tradition. What do you think? Appropriate? Glad you won’t be seeing world leaders in grass skirts and coconut bras? Or are you secretly a teeny little bit disappointed?
Thanks for all the responses on the Clintons’ Founding First Couple costumes. The 42nd President and First Lady were dressed up as the 4th: James and Dolley Madison.
James Madison was the 4th POTUS and is often referred to as the “Father of the Constitution.” Dolley Payne Madison, his vivacious, raven-haired wife was considered the toast of Washington. During the War of 1812, she was responsible for saving the original drafts of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, as well as a portrait of George Washington from the White House when Washington D.C. was set ablaze in 1814 by the British.
Here’s a portrait of Dolley Madison created by the George Washington Bicentennial Commission.