15 June 2009

Insulted by a sole, brother

From the Huffington Post:
White House photographer Pete Sousa on Monday snapped a photo of the president while he talked on the phone with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

In the photo, Obama has his feet propped up on a desk inside the Oval Office, and a number of Israeli newscasters last night called the posture insulting, since in many Arab countries, it is considered an insult to show someone the sole of your shoe.
Citing Haaretz:
A photo released by the White House, which shows Obama talking on the phone with Netanyahu on Monday, speaks volumes: The president is seen with his legs up on the table, his face stern and his fist clenched, as though he were dictating to Netanyahu: "Listen up and write 'Palestinian state' a hundred times. That's right, Palestine, with a P." As an enthusiast of Muslim culture, Obama surely knows there is no greater insult in the Middle East than pointing the soles of one's shoes at another person. Indeed, photos of other presidential phone calls depict Obama leaning on his desk, with his feet on the floor.
Fercryinoutloud - there seems to be no end to some people's hypersensitivity to implied insults.

Addendum: I am quite fully aware that some groups consider it offensive to show one's shoe-bottom to the person you're talking to, but this is a phone conversation, not a face-to-shoe meeting.


  1. waiting for someone on FARK to photoshop a shoe-phone. :)

  2. Maybe we should have been outraged by all the folks showing their stamped voting fingers in Indai? Oh brother http://www.boingboing.net/2009/04/26/500-million-indians.html

  3. And his fist is not clenched! As you say, hypersensitivity gone mad.


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...