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obama gum


I've never been to mainland China, but was completely amused at all the press attention our respective leaders received yesterday. First, the Chinese are offended that Obama was chewing his Nicorette gum, which the American public is used to seeing. The President was an avid smoker before entering the White House, and I have no doubt he will resume the habit once he's out of the White House. In the interim, he tries to curb his cravings with this gum. I assume his desire for a cigarette is at its highest during stressful events, like yesterday, when he is on the world stage. But, I'm most amused, and confused, that the Chinese censored Putin putting the shawl on the wife of the Chinese President. Why??

Last night, when I was watching the news, I heard several American commentators call Putin's act "noble" and "gentlemanly". Why did the Chinese consider his act censor worthy? I don't know who would ever want to enter politics in today's age, where almost every single moment of your life is put on display, and analyzed by social media, body language experts....the list is endless. Politicians - they are still humans. Some good, some bad, some evil. I think the public sometimes loses sight of this.

Who knows a lot about Chinese culture? Explain this situation to me. I have no interactions with the Chinese in my lawyer life, or thus far in my travel life. Now I'm very curious to explore the customs and culture of this mysterious land...because they seem very unique and quite formal. The opposite of American culture, and I'm always attracted to the strange and unusual. In travel and almost all aspects of life.


Nov. 12th, 2014 04:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Shawl
Coffee cup case? What's that?
Nov. 12th, 2014 04:37 pm (UTC)

"Obama's coffee cup salute draws criticism" - CNN.com
Nov. 12th, 2014 04:38 pm (UTC)
Ah, yes! I remember now. :)
Nov. 12th, 2014 04:41 pm (UTC)
this is just a small absend-mindness, whereas in many Asian countries chewing gum at a ceremonial event would be interpreted as gross and impolite defiance
Nov. 12th, 2014 04:52 pm (UTC)
I've seen nothing conserning his gum. People gathered some funny pics instead if you like http://ivanoctober.livejournal.com/753471.html
Nov. 12th, 2014 05:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Shawl
Image 3, Obama in the "Wives Club." :)))
Nov. 12th, 2014 04:59 pm (UTC)
in Russia, it would be easier for him: when a military has his head uncovered, he(she) should not salute...


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