So, Obama Showed Up for a China Conference Dressed Like He Was Beamed There from a Star Trek Movie
The president must have been itching to get out of the stuffy confines of Washington after back-to-back midterm drubbings. What better way for the emperor to do that than to don some silky new threads and model it for the international crowd?
Certainly, the president was in good company dressed in the communist Chinese gear; some international leaders replete with what may look like Star Trek communicator symbols (but they very well may turn out to be conference pins).
Everybody come together for a family photo (Uncle Putin, no heiling now!):
The president was looking a bit left out without a pin at the APEC summit.
A moment from the conference when Obama approaches from about a million miles away for a slow-mo handshake:
But that’s far from all. The USA Today is reporting that the Chinese were not at all pleased with
Ahead of an economic summit in Beijing, billed as the biggest international event in the Chinese capital since the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, authorities demanded that residents brush up their typically brusque manners. The Communist Party launched a six-month campaign to make Beijingers behave in a more civilized fashion to welcome the world.Tell me more, USA Today:
Turns out the rude one, in the eyes of some Chinese Internet users, was the most prominent guest.
Obama eschewed the Red Flag limousine service that ferried other leaders one by one from a nearby building to a banquet, cultural show and fireworks at the aquatic venue. Some Chinese went online to criticize his preference for the familiar security of a U.S.-supplied vehicle, while others understood his choice, but what happened next surprised many here. [...]Turns out a high ranking professor was “not impressed”:
Obama emerged from his car chewing gum; he’s a well-known user of Nicorette, the smoking-cessation gum. But Chinese Internet users, accustomed to the highly formal standards of their stiff party leadership, quickly characterized the leader of the world’s most powerful nation as an impolite “idler,” or careless “rapper.”
“We made this meeting so luxurious, with singing and dancing, but see Obama, stepping out of his car chewing gum like an idler,” wrote Yin Hong, a professor of journalism at Beijing’s Tsinghua University, on the Twitter-like Sina Weibo micro-blog service. Twitter, like Facebook, YouTube and Instagram, is banned in China, whose censors fear such services could aid political protest.Burning it up after the election, President Obama.
Even when you were silky Chinese garb abroad, everybody can see that “the emperor wears no clothes.”
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