Thursday, April 20, 2006

grabbing a world leader's jacket sleeve and yanking him back qualifies as a faux pas






I got this from Watertiger’s place and a hat tip to her. I am not gonna say much about it. The photographs say it best. The way the decider-in-chief (link explains why he is called that) is tugging the Chinese premiers coat sleeve makes me wonder is it about - “this is all about power and I am boss”?
It’s funny isn’t it? The Chinese president is very much within arms reach. All our president needed to do is to reach out and touch his arm. If someone did that to you that would get your attention, but on the other hand if someone tugged at your coat sleeve it would be just rude. Given that he is a visiting head of state, that would be such a no-no and aren’t you supposed to be the gracious host?
And before cries go out “Oh you just don’t like him”, let me just say he is moving this nation that I love and is my home in the frigging wrong direction, so you bet I don’t like the job he is doing and I am free to vent about it.
Also reverse the roles if Bush had been visiting a foreign nation and say this had happened to him, not only would he be displeased our media would be all over it.
Was this a calculated gesture on decider’s part? Maybe maybe not, either way a quick way to make up for this faux pas would have been to put his arm on his back as he often does with other people.
I wonder how this image is playing back in China.
And since I am on the topic…
We should also be careful about how we deal with China, they are our competitors and a potential enemy. However the business community is so much in love with using China as a cheap base for manufacturing as are a large part of the American public with cheap stuff that is made in China, we seem oblivious to this. We are forgetting who is holding a large part of our national debt. Sure the Chinese are very dependent on us as they are not yet a nation with a huge consumer base and the purchasing power that accompanies it. But that is changing once China becomes lessdependent on us as a market they will flex their muscle. While China may have the worlds 4th largest economy, their per capita GDP (a better indicator of economic strength) is not that great..yet. But that will change. And while we continue to be tied down with Iraq and potentially Iran, China has quietly made inroads in our backyard in South America where the Chinese have been investing heavily. They are also making sure they have access to natural resources – crude oil, natural gas, steel and other important metals.
So better watch out folks, and in some ways I agree with Lou Dobbs who has been on this topic about China relentlessly for a while now. He says he blames the American government for this and not the people, he also says he has nothing against the Chinese they are doing what needs to be done to make sure they can be a power. What he is mystified about is why we are playing such a big part in helping communist China become a major player. I think the answer as we all know is because big business interests rule.
That’s my rant for the day, and while I am not going in to solutions here, I will say this the blame for this rests with both our parties. They both have to wake up real fast.
PS: Real busy friday shaping up so I might not be around much.. sigh!

17 comments:

Keshi said...

omg did he really really pull that Chinese leader from the sleeve? goshhh thats pretty slack lol!

Have a great weekend mate!

Keshi.

Mr. J said...

Well, he could've used some class there, instead of just tugging. Wonder what he was thinking.

Jordan's Dad said...

What you dont see in the picture is that the Chinese premier was on his cell phone...

Its all about context...

hopefuldisposition said...

OMG (hiding the face in embarrassment) GWB - What a dumb ass!!! Cell phone or no cell phone, GWB lacks tact!

opinionatedinjerzee said...

hehe!! finally the white "trash"ness shows!!! the guy needs a course in ettiquettes!!

karmic_jay said...

JD..No reports of a cellphone.


But he wasn't okay, not really. The protocol-obsessed Chinese leader suffered a day full of indignities -- some intentional, others just careless. The visit began with a slight when the official announcer said the band would play the "national anthem of the Republic of China" -- the official name of Taiwan. It continued when Vice President Cheney donned sunglasses for the ceremony, and again when Hu, attempting to leave the stage via the wrong staircase, was yanked back by his jacket. Hu looked down at his sleeve to see the president of the United States tugging at it as if redirecting an errant child.

Then there were the intentional slights. China wanted a formal state visit such as Jiang got, but the administration refused, calling it instead an "official" visit. Bush acquiesced to the 21-gun salute but insisted on a luncheon instead of a formal dinner, in the East Room instead of the State Dining Room. Even the visiting country's flags were missing from the lampposts near the White House.


link about the tug and other issues in the WaPo

karmic_jay said...

JD, I like the Prius. Very happy with it.

I don't know where you read about the cellphone. Do you have a news or a picture link to it?

You know you don't have to always defend Bush.

Keshi/Me it did happen, there is anews link about it in my earlier comment.
Hope, yes he makes the world laugh at us Americans doesn't he?

Opin.. ettiquettes? nyah.. he dont know that.

DysfunctionaL said...

lol - maybe he was just preventing him from tripping.. the chinese leader's foot is almost OFF the step..
not defending the bush though.. not a fan at all!

p.s. thanks for dropping by my blog!

Jordan's Dad said...

It was a joke in reference to your earlier post. Lighten up!

karmic_jay said...

JD..you made a funny. :-)

Dysfunctional :)

Enyur said...

Okay, yeah that IS rude! He's holding holding his jacket sleeve with two fingers, like the poor guy has coodies or as if he's got some disease!

I agree, a tap would be nice or how about using his voice?

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Ameet said...

Two words: cowboy etiquette.

Keshi said...

yup yup I saw this on news on Friday and was thinking of u Jay...heheehehe...

I guess it was a mistake...a very bad one tho :(

Keshi.

~River~ said...

You know, if it weren't so rude, it would be just plain funny.

hopefuldisposition said...

Actually, I am not a citizen of the US, but lived here long enough to be concerned about the President's questionable behaviour (I will keep my concerns general here)...cos this person is setting the standard for future leaders...future of this country...On another note, I am Indian by origin, by citizenship, but less said the better about Indian leaders/politicians!

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