The familiar 'suit and tie' Americans have come to associate with President Obama is to give way to more casual clothing this summer to mark the arrival of his 50th birthday on August 4th.
Expect to see a much more snazzily dressed president stepping out onto the White House lawn this summer with him sporting Hawaiian style Aloha shirts featuring a variety of bird prints, flowers, palm trees, and other colorful tropical scenes - one assumes all of the finest silk. Along with the island shirts will of course be the equally snazzy Hawaiian surfboard shorts.
A decision has yet to be made on whether he'll be wearing sandals with or without socks. To complete the colorful outfit the president will wear a stars and stripes baseball cap with personalized shades incorporating a special 'Do not disturb' pull down flap feature.
A spokesperson at the White House stated yesterday,
"The President has chosen to inform the American people of the intended change now rather than to just spring it on them later because he wants to make it clear in advance that it has nothing to do with the slump in his approval rating or from any belief that by wearing Hawaiian clothes could somehow convince Americans that he was born in Honolulu. He is proud of his state of birth and simply wants to wear clothing he feels most comfortable with."