Picture of the Day: Truman Appears on 1951 LIFE Cover in Hawaiian Shirt

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President Obama broke with tradition last week when he declined to don a Hawaiian shirt at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation in Honolulu, bucking a custom Bill Clinton instituted in the 1990s. Just to remind everyone of how presidents can look in such tropical moments, here's a shot of Harry S. Truman appearing in what LIFE.com calls one of the magazine's 20 worst covers. Apparently, this is what Obama was afraid of.

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Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

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