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??