Bush hates wearing Ao Dai

December 2, 2006

Howdy to Ao Dai

The colourful, elongated tunics of Vietnam’s traditional dress, the Ao Dai, are worn with much grace by Vietnamese women and men – and extreme unease by the US president George Bush. Donning the costume over his suit for the obligatory “family photograph” alongside 20 other leaders of Asian and Pacific nations, Mr Bush grimaced repeatedly and shifted from foot to foot, a portrait of embarrassment in turquoise blue brocade with yellow trim. It was obvious he couldn’t wait to get it off and sure enough, moments after the official photographs were taken, he strode away, ripped it off and folded it up, according to reports. His fellow leaders showed more restraint and waited until they were out of sight.

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Suzanne Goldenberg in Hanoi
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The Guardian

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