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Weibo users jeer Obama’s Mandela Memorial selfie

Pictures of US President Obama taking a selfie with British Prime Minister David Cameron and the Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, while the grim-looking First Lady Michelle Obama sitting dispassionately on the side, have been spreading like wild fire on Weibo. The Chinese voted against Obama in a poll and made fun of his past “flirts” with various female leaders.

At first...

Everybody was smiling. Everything was fine. Photo: weibo.com

And then...

Not looking good, Mr. President... Photo: weibo.com

In the end...

Interference... Photo: weibo.com

#Obama Selfie# quickly became a hot topic on Weibo as the Chinese jumped at the opportunity to mock the US President since they cannot do it freely with their own leaders. In an online poll organized by Weibo, over 82% of the participants considered Obama’s action inappropriate while the rest counted it as a mere “personal hobby”, “no harm no foul, as long as Michelle didn’t mind”.

The Chinese media, too, gibed Obama through their official Weibo accounts, referring to an age old Chinese punch line: “Washboard treatment awaits President Obama at home, for sure.” The joke in Chinese means Chinese wives punish their cheating husband by forcing them to kneel on washboards.

Some went a step further and made a compilation of President Obama and his various encounters with female world leaders and in one case, NBC producer Michele Tasoff. To the taunting eyes of the Chinese, who are generally reserved with regards to social norms, the westerners’ casual greeting kisses were deemed as Obama’s “flirting offenses”. “I’m afraid there might not be enough washboards for all this flirting!” many Weibo users quipped.

With Thailand Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.  Photo: weibo.com

With President of Argentina Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. Photo: weibo.com

With Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Photo: weibo.com

With German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Photo: weibo.com

With former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Photo: weibo.com

With former French First Lady Carla Bruni. Photo: weibo.com

With NBC producer Michele Tasoff. Photo: weibo.com

The pictures and taunting words alone were not enough to satisfy the Chinese. They even made a video documenting Obama’s “flirtatious past”. Check it out:

 

 


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