Skip to comments.She made me do it: Conservative Muslim Indonesia minister says Michelle Obama forced handshake
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.
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My advice. Let the Wookie win.
She is a cultural retarded, even Obie knows to bow.
Michelle should have just bowed like O-bowma.
“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....
At least she didn’t bow to him.
You’d think that if O and the Wookie understood any rules of decorum at all it would be the muzzies’!!
Are we nuts? A “forced” handshake is now international news? FLASH! This just in to the news desk. I tied my shoes today!
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.
Good for Michelle. Hope she squeezed it blue.
Waiting for Obama’s defenders to play the racism card.
Well, yes. But was she dressed Victorian Retro like in India?
Remember, only Barry has this background, Michelle is from Chicago. I'm sure she knows about islamic decorum and did this on purpose.
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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.
“A forced handshake is now international news?”
Uh, yeah. He could lose his hand, ... or head.
I guess Foggy Bottom failed to let them know of any cultural taboos before their trip............
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??
Oh great. Now his penis will fall off.
“A conservative Muslim government minister admits he shook hands with first lady Michelle Obama”
Obviously, the minister thought she was Patrick Ewing!
I don’t know, but this is the religion of lunatics that order jihad over a cartoon.
I think in some sects of the Islamic cult, a woman would be stoned for touching a man who is not her husband.
OFF WITH HIS HEAD!
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.
Good for Michelle. Hope she squeezed it blue.
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?
“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?
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!!!
Do you suppose it’s the hand she eats bacon with?
Buttociated Press can teabag some other constituency.
Naw, this guy should greet Michelle just the way Michelle wants it ~ she’s of higher rank.
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?
They are lucky to get a visitor this exalted.
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?
Don’t they usually kill the woman? ;-P
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.
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...
The poor guy will need years of therapy.
“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.
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!
Post of the day.
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.