A tale of two insults

Israelis didn’t like the picture above. We didn’t either, and that was before we knew the context. A report from CBS says:

Israeli TV newscasters Tuesday night interpreted a photo taken Monday in the Oval Office of President Obama talking on the phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as an “insult” to Israel…It is considered an insult in the Arab world to show the sole of your shoe to someone…Was there a subliminal message intended from the White House to Netanyahu in Jerusalem, who is publicly resisting attempts by Mr. Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to force Israel to stop any kind of settlement activity in occupied territories once and forever?…

Netanyahu met with George Mitchell today for four hours in Jerusalem…Channel One TV reported that Netanyahu was told Tuesday by an “American official” in Jerusalem that, “We are going to change the world. Please, don’t interfere.” The report said Netanyahu’s aides interpreted this as a “threat.”

Given Obama’s track record of flipping off Hillary Clinton, as the LA Times reported, and his other indirect and deniable insults, it is perfectly plausible that President Obama was insulting Netanyahu with the photo. Powerline has more.

But there are two insults in the photo. Obama didn’t just insult Netanyahu; he insulted his fellow citizens as well. Obama knows perfectly well how to have a decent picture taken in the Oval Office. And whether you’re a fan of silly movies, or are of a certain age and can remember President Kennedy, you know that you shouldn’t be photographed putting your feet up on the Resolute Desk.

Obama lives in a house that is not his; he is a temporary resident in a house that is owned by all of us. Our first thought on seeing the photo was: who does this guy think he is, putting his feet up on furniture he doesn’t own? Get a hassock and get your feet off our desk.

4 Responses to “A tale of two insults”

  1. Dave Says:

    Um, the Israelis should also be offended by the following contradictory statements:

    The US should not dictate policy to other nations.
    Israel should halt their settlement expansion.

  2. Alice M Says:

    Obama scores the hit(s) against Israel, but wait, there’s more, a two-fer against the British in the same day!

    One, of course, is the feet on the gift from Queen Victoria to President Hayes, and the second is releasing the Uighur terrorists in Bermuda! What a day for the smartest president ever!

  3. Paul Says:

    A people that faced the camps, the KGB, five Arab nation at war, building a nation from nothing amongst bigots and their slaves isn’t worrying about a taller Jimmah Carter. Obama will pass. Mitchell is a dolt from Maine. The clock is ticking down on the Obama Clown Posse. Just over three years to go. Heck, I’ve seen beurocratic small towns spend more time trying to figure out what kind of fire station they want. Three years in the ME? Nothing. Zero. Fugehdaboutit, as they say in New York.

  4. jd Says:

    When watching the Tom Brokaw show about a day in the life of Obama, I was offended by the way he put his feet up on the upholstery when riding in the Pres. limo. The man has no respect for America, the people who elected him, the office or even his own family. He is about the most self absorbed person I have ever encountered.

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