Skip to comments.What Happened to Obama's Guayabera? (Awkward, Culturally Insensitive)
Posted on 04/16/2012 12:54:14 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Something didn't happen at the sixth Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia over the weekend. Yes, Western hemisphere nations failed to reach consensus on including Cuba in the gathering, overhauling the region's drug policy (an expert taskforce will study the issue), or, really, much of anything. But I'm talking about something else: Barack Obama appears to have not worn a gauyabera -- the light tropical dress shirt that several Latin American leaders are sporting in the summit photo-op above. And there's our president, looking decidedly stuffy in a suit jacket and (admittedly open) button-down.
"Obama, loyal to his jacket. The others, in guayaberas," read a caption to a similar picture published in Venezuela's El Universal. (The article proceeds to critique the dress of several heads of state, noting that, among the female leaders, Costa Rica's Laura Chinchilla came closest to adopting the guayabera style.)
In the run-up to the summit, the daughter of Colombian designer Edgar Gómez Estévez told local media and the Spanish news agency EFE that she was making 130 guayaberas for Obama and that they would be more daring than usual because Obama was a "distinct, special, happy, and extroverted person." As far as I can tell, the White House never confirmed that Obama would be wearing a Gómez-designed guayabera.
Nevertheless, Cuba's Fidel Castro latched on to the reports, dubbing the event the "summit of the guayaberas" and criticizing the U.S. president for planning to wear a shirt that originated in Cuba while barring Cuba from attending the summit.
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Why is he talking to a bunch of barbers?
Never let them see you sweat.
See how confused he looks? He can’t decide who to bow to, too many guys to choose.
What an embarrassment.
Well, he looks like a slob. His shirt collar is not ironed. He would have looked better in a guayabera.
Dont ask dont tell - PLEASE
I thought they were waiters.
The guy in the bottom left looks like he’s thinking “damn, where’s my cell phone?”
That's spanish for "gay barber"
I thought he was regretting shaking hands with Øbama.
We who live in tropical climate are grateful for our Guayabera rather than hot suit coats
plus it covers a big gut nicely, the real reason to wear one.
Amen - I’ve thought of wearing a long-sleeved one to Presiding Court here in San Antonio one morning, just to see if we’re REALLY as laudatory and respectful of the Latin culture as we keep saying we are. I figure if the cowboy lawyers can show up in pearl buttons and a string tie, this Latin America veteran ought to be able to wear a guayabera.
Besides, they’re GREAT shirts for CCW.
Moochelle is the person who wears the Guayabera in that family.
he looks out of place when he does and when he doesn’t
guilty as charged ur honor
Now I want tortilla chips and salsa.
Hey, they might be dictators, but Obama is The Dictator. You’d never catch Castro out of his costume and the same goes for the Bamster.
Castro criticized him for wearing the Cuban fashion at previous events where Cuba was excluded... hurt his feelings I guess.
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