The president´s ´historic´ first tour of Southeast Asia ended with an unusual diplomatic snub at the hands of Cambodia´s first lady Bun Rany. Obama became the first ever U.S. president to visit Cambodia earlier this week, when he ended his four-day visit to the region by attending the annual East Asia Summit it was hosting. Unlike the president´s constructive visit to Myanmar, where he met with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and praised the country´s progress, Obama had made it clear he was only in Cambodia to attend the summit.
Comments: The header writer erred in using the word "handshake." Apparently should have been "pressed-hands" greeting. Doesn´t change the fact that it was an insult, though.
How arrogant our State Department is, back in the day our traveling dignitaries would be briefed on customs and cultures of the places they would be traveling to. What do these people do now to justify their salaries and the air they breathe?
This is a subtle variation of the Sampeah. As it is explained elsewhere, the hands closeness to the face and the deeper the bow, the more respect is shown. It is similar to the Thai Wai. In the picture, Bun Rany´s hands are at chest level and the bow is almost non-existent. As someone else so eloquently put it, like they were greeting a servant. Just the barest of effort put into it.
I am very fortunate to have made friends in the Thai community. They give a Wai with hands right on their forehead and bows that are very low even to me, so the disrespect shown here is very obvious. Like they were all laughing at this "Kuhn" Obama, as it is spoken in Thai. (That is spelled a little differently in the United States.)
He does that stupid hands pressed thing whenever he greets anyone from a culture he believes uses it. So now we know how it is perceived in some cultures. Best to stick with your own - whatever that is. At home with wifey it is high fives and fist bumps.
The money line in this article (literally) is this one:
Hun Sen also reiterated a request to forgive most of the country´s debt of more than $370 million to the United States.
Last year, Cambodia offered to repay 30 per cent of the debt, which they said was a compromise as the money was used by a pro-American government in the 1970s to repress its own people.
Quote from that 80´s philosopher Fonzie: Make a messy bed, you get wrinkles. The office deserves respect, but it is exhausting to scrape up the energy to respect the man. The world knows what he is. Exactly what he is.
The shirt that the President is wearing looks like a pyjama. I wonder if it´s endemic to the region or if he brought it from the White House. I also noticed that he looks at Asian female officials in a slightly lurid way. It´s as if he´s holding something out there that needs expressing.
#21 the shirts they´re wearing look similar to the ones worn by people in/from the Philippines on formal occasions. I think a shirt like that is called a "barong". It´s worn outside one´s regular clothes, like a suit coat (but much more lightweight and often features some fancy stitching).
Isn´t the way Obama eyed the Thai PM and leaned in toward the Cambodian first lady (see pic 3 in the story) considered a rudely forward gesture in their culture? Can´t blame all the leaders there for having some disrespect for Bonehead Barry if that is, indeed, the case.
Potus and his gal haven´t got the hint that in certain cultures that it frowned on to phsically touch people no matter what the occasion happens to be. They better get Etiquetted by that special dept in State Department. For example, in Japan, even at a high level meeting, gathered around a table, it is considered "insulting" for one to stand up for one to make their points or comments to the group. You may not be invited back again. IMHO opinion, BHO will not be invited back.
Even people half-way around the world realize that barry doesn´t represent all Americans, just the stupid half, and they are treating him as such. Hopefully they thought he WAS a servant and were waiting for the POTUS to show up.
Serves him right for telling people how they should live while a guest in their country. His own human right record isn´t so stellar either.
obama is concerned about the human rights abuses...really...whats the matter...the Cambodians not killing enough babies...born and unborn...did he want the to implement health care...but only for those children that reach the age of 15, and for adults under the age of 55, and have no physical or mental problems...I bet there is Too Much Human Rights going on over there and its got to stop..he has to make obamacsare look good to the world...what a ditz he looks horrible...really getting a litte skinny.. oh and where is Mitch..she´s busy planning Christmas...I mean, Winter Soltice vaca for herself,kids and all their friends...
Drudge titled the photo´s " The touchy-feely " president . I´d say " Ghetto meets Geisha " . But hey , remember the clod Dim who brot his date to a meeting with the Arabs and she wore a mini- skirt ? . It was bad enough to bring a female at all , much less dressed that way . Decorum is something O´Bummer has not a clue . A head of solid bone .
I read that the hands are supposed to be exactly together as well. Her hands are not aligned properly. To Westerners, this might not seem like that big of a deal, but the instructional video I watched made much of doing this traditional greeting absolutely right, according to cultural traditions.
For the umpteenth time , Barry is the only one waving and gawking at the camera in group photos of world leaders. He looks like a Moron-American. This guy stumbled his way all over SE Asia making gaffes like Biden and it was ignored by the gerbils. The same ones that went berserk because Romney described the potential security problems at the Olympics as " disconcerting ". Soetero´s features and skin tone make him look like he could be part Asian. Wouldn´t it be a hoot if it turned out that he was actually half Asian , instead of part black ?? Maybe Lolo Soetero was his real father ? Another article described the Cambodia First Lady as greeting Soetero like he was " a towel boy ".
#4... not exactly. Our foriegn office briefings were not any better back in the Nixon years either.
On his ´historic´ visit to chicom in 72, he was outrageously insulted on the tarmac when Mao sent an underling to great him at the air field. During the pitifully meager welcoming ceremony the messenger, in a bare-minimum acknowledgement of any visitor, gulped his rice wine before Nixon could get the cup to his lips. (He is supposed to wait for his guest to sip first in a proper "gambei.") This is extrememly bad form and should have led to an international incident. But alas, Nixon blundered through the facade totally naive to the message and America´s international standing was once again made to suffer through unaccountable ignorance.
Most of America didn´t realize what happened that day on the runway either. I happen to know because I was a Chinese language linguist for the Navy in the far east until 1969.
The last point here is no one in that area of the world likes a foriegn fool to come into their country and flirt with female heads of state. A Buffoon.
Obama and the media think he is a man of the world. In fact, he is stupid about the world. He isn´t from anywhere really. Born who knows where, and raised in three different countries when he was an adolescent. Mentored by relatives and family friends who were communists, atheists and Marxists. So he knows a little bit about a few things and, may I say it again, he is actually STUPID. He is a con artist of limited ability, and only has succeeded to be president twice because the media supports him and does not report his stupidity and gaffes to the American people.
He doesn´t have a clue he was insulted. He bowed, she bowed and as far as he is concerned it was all good. She could have said to him in Cambodian that his breath smelled of liquor, his old lady looks like a mountain gorilla and he that lies on his golf score card, and he would have said thank you very much!
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