Thursday, November 22, 2012

Cambodian First Lady disses Obama, genteelly, of course

Investor's Business Daily has a good article summing up Obama's Asian tour. Obama's Southeast Asia Trip All Style, No Substance

I got a chuckle out of the genteel jab at the President by Cambodia's First Lady. So much of diplomacy is non-verbal ritual. I've noted Obama's bowing to Arab kings and faux pas with the other leaders in terms of non-verbal signals. Now the Cambodian First Lady comes along but she does not make a faux pas but instead makes a pointed non-verbal remark.

First, a short explanation of what the bowing and pressed hands means. Emphasis mine

Wikipedia
"The Sampeah is a Cambodian greeting or a way of showing respect. It is very similar to the Thai wai and the Indian Añjali Mudrā/namasté. While performing the sampeah, the person places his palms together in a prayer-like fashion while bowing slightly. The higher the hands and the lower the bow, the more respect is shown.

This is how Bun Rany, Cambodia's first lady, gives President Obama a "sampeah" greeting at a tilt usually reserved for servants. Read More At IBD

Bun Rany, Cambodia's first lady, gives President Obama a "sampeah" greeting at a tilt usually reserved for servants.

Bun Rany, Cambodia's first lady, gives President Obama a "sampeah" greeting at a tilt usually reserved for servants.

LOL!

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