Skip to comments.The height of etiquette: Michelle Obama towers over Japanese emperor
Posted on 03/19/2015 8:24:12 AM PDT by traumer
Michelle Obama has had an awkward start to her visit to Japan as she was pictured towering over Emperor Akihito and stumbling as she tried to bow, shake his hand and curtsey at once.
The First Lady, dressed in a florid combination of a blazer and skirt, dwarfed the Emperor in her silver stilettos, while he maintained his composure and smiled politely. She then squatted slightly while shaking his hand, seemingly trying to disguise the difference of height between them.
Mrs Obama, who is 5ft 9in tall, also caused embarrassment earlier in the day when she grabbed Akie Abe, wife of Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in a hug-and-handshake combination while the Japanese First Lady was trying to bow.
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Mrs Obama, who is 5ft 9in tall,
My impression was that Obama was shorter than his wife,
he must really BE a dwarf.
Insults Starting Day 1
For as sensitive as they are about their own feelings and “culture” they sure don’t give a rat’s ass about anyone else’s. The old stereotype “Ugly American” is alive and well.
What kind of people vote for such as these Obamas.
Why are American citizens bowing to anyone? If it is not my Lord Jesus I am not bowing. These people are so stupid.
Big old clumsy bitch
She should dress like a First Lady , not like a Tourist
You don’t tell the Queen how to act, you stupid subject!
Bloody incompetant idiots.
You “live” common sense and protocols and decency all your life.
IF you have done that, and IF you have any humility and reason, you can then “practice” etiquette and procedural rituals before leaving the airplane.
IF you have humility and rational thought, you KNOW you can listen to your advisers and protocol experts FIRST.
But all of this “assumes” you are not Obola or his wife. Who “know” they know all, and do not have to listen to anybody.
Emperor Akihito to his wife: “Look out, here comes Godzilla!”
in silver stilettos......
Can I ask a stupid question?
How is it that we have to pay for Michelle Obama to go to Japan, on what seems like some sort of official visit? Michelle Obama is a private citizen, holds no official position, holds no elective office, has no official role in foreign policy or relations with Japan. So why the heck is she there???
In all fairness, she would have towered over him even if she had not been wearing heels.
And I do not support any U.S. official, no matter how much I dislike them, continuously bowing, crouching or lowering their stance in the presence of a foreign leader. The guy is short - and I’m SURE he already knows that he is short.
Stumbling could happen to anyone - so apart from choosing different shoes, I’m not sure what else she could have done.
Why does she have to dress like a Hoochie Mamma?
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