It was “one of the most significant honors that India can bestow on any foreign leader,” the announcer for an Indian TV network declared: serving as “chief guest” at India’s Republic Day celebrations.
But for President Obama, the recipient of that honor, it was all only so much chicken curry. He arrived at the ceremony Monday chewing his Nicorette gum, sauntered toward the reviewing stand, sat down, and kept right on chewing away. No doubt millions were startling at the astounding casualness of it all, and perhaps got to wondering how serious our president is and how serious the United States is too.
I don’t think that’s too much of a stretch. Symbolism is important, and it’s taken way more seriously in other societies than ours. I can’t even imagine how it occurred to Obama to appear like this.
Gosh, at least use the Patch.
At some point, he decided to remove it from his mouth, grossing an entire subcontinent of people.
Here he is at the East Asia Summit in Nusa Dua, on the island of Bali, where he nauseated the people of Indonesia back in 2011.
Such hubris. I wouldn’t even dare to chew gum greeting my father-in-law, let alone another world leader.
And just have a look at this.