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She made me do it: Conservative Muslim Indonesia minister says Michelle Obama forced handshake
AP ^ | November 9, 2010

Posted on 11/09/2010 11:00:37 AM PST by maggief

sns-ap-as-indonesia-michelles-handshake JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A conservative Muslim government minister admits he shook hands with first lady Michelle Obama in welcoming her to Indonesia but says it wasn't his choice.

Footage on YouTube shows otherwise, sparking a debate that has lit up Facebook, Twitter and the rest of the blogosphere.

"I tried to prevent (being touched) with my hands but Mrs. Michelle held her hands too far toward me (so) we touched," Information Minister Tifatul Sembiring told tens of thousands of followers on Twitter.

(Excerpt) Read more at chicagotribune.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: indonesia; islamiclaw; jakarta; michelleobama; misogynist; obamagaffes; obamascandals; protocol; sharialaw; xenophobia
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1 posted on 11/09/2010 11:00:41 AM PST by maggief
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To: maggief

My advice. Let the Wookie win.


2 posted on 11/09/2010 11:01:44 AM PST by agere_contra (...what if we won't eat the dog food?)
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To: maggief

Video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzLaKriBtWU&feature=player_embedded


3 posted on 11/09/2010 11:02:19 AM PST by maggief
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To: maggief

She is a cultural retarded, even Obie knows to bow.

:p


4 posted on 11/09/2010 11:02:26 AM PST by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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To: maggief

International incident.

Michelle should have just bowed like O-bowma.


5 posted on 11/09/2010 11:02:36 AM PST by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: maggief

“I tried to prevent (being touched) with my hands but Mrs. Michelle held her hands too far toward me (so) we touched,”

I SO understand his distress at being touched by Michelle....


6 posted on 11/09/2010 11:02:42 AM PST by paterfamilias
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To: agere_contra

At least she didn’t bow to him.


7 posted on 11/09/2010 11:02:47 AM PST by Americanexpat
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To: maggief

You’d think that if O and the Wookie understood any rules of decorum at all it would be the muzzies’!!


8 posted on 11/09/2010 11:02:52 AM PST by Spok (Free Range Republican)
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To: maggief

Are we nuts? A “forced” handshake is now international news? FLASH! This just in to the news desk. I tied my shoes today!


9 posted on 11/09/2010 11:03:31 AM PST by 2dollarbill
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To: maggief

We understand muzzie, she had her hands all over the Queen of England too.

But you are the lucky ones, she probably drop kicks little Barry when she gets ticked off.


10 posted on 11/09/2010 11:04:16 AM PST by dforest
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To: maggief

Good for Michelle. Hope she squeezed it blue.


11 posted on 11/09/2010 11:04:21 AM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Slings and Arrows; The Comedian

Waiting for Obama’s defenders to play the racism card.


12 posted on 11/09/2010 11:04:38 AM PST by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: 2dollarbill

Well, yes. But was she dressed Victorian Retro like in India?


13 posted on 11/09/2010 11:05:11 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Spok
Michelle is a feminist, and no doubt makes Barry miserable often about his muslim roots.

Remember, only Barry has this background, Michelle is from Chicago. I'm sure she knows about islamic decorum and did this on purpose.

14 posted on 11/09/2010 11:05:32 AM PST by SENTINEL (SGT USMC)
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

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15 posted on 11/09/2010 11:05:39 AM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: maggief

Again stupid staff. First they let her hold money and then not have enough and now this. If I was the First Family, I would fire the staff......now if the staff gives them advice and they don’t use it, that is a different story.


16 posted on 11/09/2010 11:05:58 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: 2dollarbill

“A “forced” handshake is now international news?”

Uh, yeah. He could lose his hand, ... or head.


17 posted on 11/09/2010 11:06:06 AM PST by maggief
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To: maggief

I guess Foggy Bottom failed to let them know of any cultural taboos before their trip............


18 posted on 11/09/2010 11:06:10 AM PST by Red Badger (WOULD SOMEBODY PLEASE GIVE MEGHAN MCCAIN A BOX OF KRISPY KREMES SO SHE'LL SHUT THE HELL UP?!)
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To: maggief

If this was going to be an issue, then why was there a receiving line with handshakes? And why was Mr. Conservative standing there? What did he think would happen? Who knows? Now I have another question. How long does Mr. Conservative have to go into seclusion until the pollution wears off? Any particular penance required??


19 posted on 11/09/2010 11:07:04 AM PST by Genoa (Put the kettle on!)
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To: maggief

michelle jelek


20 posted on 11/09/2010 11:07:09 AM PST by bunkerhill7
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To: maggief

Oh great. Now his penis will fall off.


21 posted on 11/09/2010 11:07:19 AM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: maggief

“A conservative Muslim government minister admits he shook hands with first lady Michelle Obama”

Obviously, the minister thought she was Patrick Ewing!


22 posted on 11/09/2010 11:08:22 AM PST by Batman11 (Sarah Palin: "Illegal immigrants are called illegal for a reason!")
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To: Genoa

I don’t know, but this is the religion of lunatics that order jihad over a cartoon.


23 posted on 11/09/2010 11:09:02 AM PST by maggief
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To: maggief

I think in some sects of the Islamic cult, a woman would be stoned for touching a man who is not her husband.


24 posted on 11/09/2010 11:09:48 AM PST by Never on my watch (Never let a kid play with matches or run with scissors; and never give a gavel to a Democrat!)
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To: maggief

OFF WITH HIS HEAD!


25 posted on 11/09/2010 11:10:48 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter Of Fact, Not A Matter Of Opinion)
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To: agere_contra
Kill him! He touched a woman! The religion of tolerance strikes again!
26 posted on 11/09/2010 11:11:16 AM PST by cameraeye (A happy kufir!)
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To: pissant
Good for Michelle. Hope she squeezed it blue.

This is an example of why Michelle did NOT accompany Barack to the muslim Middle East when he went there, preferring instead to join him AFTERWARDS on his swing through Europe.

Our pro-Islamist president won't speak out against the misogyny and religious intolerance and xenophobia of the muslim world yet we are supposed to turn a blind eye when such acts are witnessed.

27 posted on 11/09/2010 11:11:27 AM PST by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: pissant

Good for Michelle. Hope she squeezed it blue.


hear, hear!


28 posted on 11/09/2010 11:11:34 AM PST by Irenic
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To: maggief

Do they ~not~ have a protocol specialist on staff? Really? Certainly there’s ~somebody~ that gives them a quick pre-meeting brief on customs and protocol when they go somewhere new?


29 posted on 11/09/2010 11:12:50 AM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: SENTINEL

“only Barry has this background, Michelle is from Chicago.”

Do you think he’s ever explained the justice of stoning adulterers to her? Wouldn’t ya love to hear that conversation?


30 posted on 11/09/2010 11:12:52 AM PST by Spok (Free Range Republican)
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To: maggief

In the background, the wife of the Indonesian president is seen. She is not shaking hands with any of the men and is politely bowing and smiling. She is not putting any of them in a position to shake hands.
When in Rome, Michelle!!!


31 posted on 11/09/2010 11:13:22 AM PST by freemama
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To: a fool in paradise
LOL like groping the Queen, they have no idea of protocol.
32 posted on 11/09/2010 11:14:01 AM PST by boomop1
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To: maggief

Do you suppose it’s the hand she eats bacon with?


33 posted on 11/09/2010 11:15:13 AM PST by Spok (Free Range Republican)
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To: Ramius
IMO, they don't GAS.


34 posted on 11/09/2010 11:15:26 AM PST by maggief
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To: maggief
"Conservative muslim". No, Islam is a theocratic system of rule. It is Islamist muslim or fundamentalist muslim or misogynist muslim.

Buttociated Press can teabag some other constituency.

35 posted on 11/09/2010 11:16:11 AM PST by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: maggief
They'd have to force me too!

Mike

36 posted on 11/09/2010 11:16:29 AM PST by MichaelP (It's a start!!!)
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To: GeronL

Naw, this guy should greet Michelle just the way Michelle wants it ~ she’s of higher rank.


37 posted on 11/09/2010 11:16:57 AM PST by muawiyah (GIT OUT THE WAY ~ REPUBLICANS COMIN' THROUGH)
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To: All

I’m no fan of the wookie, but if your tolerant religion forbids you shaking the hand of the FirstLady, well, do I really need to say more?


38 posted on 11/09/2010 11:17:45 AM PST by Maverick68
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To: cameraeye
Kill him! He touched a woman! The religion of tolerance strikes again!


39 posted on 11/09/2010 11:18:12 AM PST by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: freemama
We are Rome ~ these guys are third-worlders.

They are lucky to get a visitor this exalted.

40 posted on 11/09/2010 11:18:18 AM PST by muawiyah (GIT OUT THE WAY ~ REPUBLICANS COMIN' THROUGH)
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To: maggief

Wasn’t there in the past someone either from the State Department or the White House staff who would advise on matters of protocol and decorum with regards to state visits? This Regime whines and apologizes about “America the Arrogant”, yet how does that Regime behave toward foreign ministers and heads of state? And yes, Moochelle, you are part of the regime, even in a figurehead role of First Lady. I do not think much of Islamics, but with regards to state visits (and this falls under the category of a state visit), there is a certain decorum expected. It is not grovelling, it is simply very basic good manners.
BTW, I do not consider bowing to the Saudi King to be proper decorum. That was groveling.

Is Letitia Baldridge still alive?


41 posted on 11/09/2010 11:19:08 AM PST by Fred Hayek (FUBO! I salute you with the soles of my shoes.)
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To: cameraeye

Don’t they usually kill the woman? ;-P


42 posted on 11/09/2010 11:20:22 AM PST by MortMan (To Obama "Kill them all and let [God] sort them out" is an abortion slogan.)
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To: maggief

It reminds me of a story my old friend, a former congressman’s staff member, used to tell. In the Congressman’s NY office, there was an orthodox rabbi who would visit about once a week for very minor reasons, wasting the staff’s time while he tried to seem important. One day the head of the office got revenge. After a polite visit, she said goodbye and cordially shook his hand. The look on his face was priceless, because he knew he had to go through a time-consuming cleansing ritual as a result. The office head was pretty happy, though, that she was wasting his time like that, after he had wasted hers.

I bet Michelle knew exactly what she was doing. If that guy didn’t want his hand shaken by a woman, he shouldn’t have gotten anywhere close.

I’m not sure this was advisable on Michelle’s part, in the big picture, but I am pretty amused anyway.


43 posted on 11/09/2010 11:20:40 AM PST by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: maggief
but says it wasn't his choice Over here in America they where not our choice either!
44 posted on 11/09/2010 11:23:37 AM PST by ColdOne
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To: SENTINEL

Which in some silly kind of way makes me give her a bit of respect...just a tiny bit...

On the other side of thought on this, what does it say about who is in charge?

Obama bows, Michele holds herself upright for a handshake...


45 posted on 11/09/2010 11:24:26 AM PST by EBH ( Whether you eat your bread or see it vanish into a looter's stomach, is an absolute.)
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To: maggief; a fool in paradise
Hand-raped by a Wookie.

The poor guy will need years of therapy.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

46 posted on 11/09/2010 11:25:01 AM PST by The Comedian (I really missed you. Next time, I'll adjust for windage.)
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To: maggief

“A conservative Muslim government minister admits he shook hands with first lady Michelle Obama in welcoming her to Indonesia but says it wasn’t his choice. “

You got punked by the FL, beech. Take it and like it.


47 posted on 11/09/2010 11:26:30 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: maggief

I think this is the first time he’s let Muchelle slip her leash and enter a Muslim country. I guess it would be hard to explain why he shipped his wife and kids home before continuing from India to the land of his Muslim childhood.

I hear she refuses to wear a burkha, too.

As for this Muslim minister, he’s clearly lying about not being able to help touching her. Stone him and cut off his head!


48 posted on 11/09/2010 11:27:36 AM PST by Cicero
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To: agere_contra

Post of the day.


49 posted on 11/09/2010 11:27:36 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 658 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: maggief

The koranimal considers chewy less than her or najis & that makes her “unclean” by her tolerant, loving & peaceful standards of sharia standards.

Generally, koranimals like to wear gloves when shaking hands with Infidels/Kafirs. BUT, in this case, the indonesian is a greater than koranimal.

Sickos.


50 posted on 11/09/2010 11:28:00 AM PST by bayouranger (The 1st victim of islam is the person who practices the lie.)
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