It was only a few months ago, as Western Journalism reported, that President Obama was sharply criticized on social media networks after being caught on camera casually chewing gum at the big international summit in China.
News reports quoted Chinese observers of Obama’s behavior — behavior that they clearly found offensive: “…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.’”
And it was just a few months before that incident that President Obama was taken to task for chewing gum during solemn D-Day ceremonies in France as Queen Elizabeth II was introduced.
But apparently, the president couldn’t care less about how his public gum-chewing is perceived as he travels to foreign lands for formal events important to his hosts.
The Times Of India newspaper characterized as “an ungainly sight” Obama’s habit once more on full display as he sat next to India’s prime minister during the Republic Day Parade.
Twitter users were also quick to comment on the lip-smacking exhibition by the U.S. president.
Barack bhai working his jaws overtime and chewing gum! At least it isn’t gutka. But seriously – gum during a formal parade?
— Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) January 26, 2015
— ramesh sharma (@rameshfilms) January 26, 2015
Obama’s gum chewing in India called ‘ungainly sight’ http://t.co/wboMtNYJ0h
— POLITICO (@politico) January 26, 2015
Obama embarresses us yet again chewing gum at state affair:http://t.co/6VsP0wAHYs
— Lucianne Goldberg (@LucianneLinks) January 26, 2015
— sunetra choudhury (@sunetrac) January 26, 2015
h/t: The Weekly Standard
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