UPDATE: You, my readers, are clearly right, and you’ve shown once again that context is king. Obama is introducing Medvedev to his people and not vice versa. Although this still does not account for Obama’s exasperated expression.
This is a fairly shocking 13 second video showing myriad Russians refusing, quite blatantly, to shake Obama’s hand:
It’s understandable that Obama is exasperated. It’s appalling that he, the leader of the free world, let’s that exasperation show, as if he’s a 13 year old who just got rejected at the middle school dance.
I’m actually at a loss to understand the video. I don’t believe Bush was ever on the receiving end of such blatant rudeness. And yet he never matched Obama when it came to setting a conciliatory, if not totally self-abnegatory, tone. Either the Russians are showing their deep lack of respect for someone who comes to them crawling on his belly, or those enlightened non-American, post-Communist citizens are racists in a way that would never be accepted in America.Email This Post To A Friend
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