Sometimes even diplomats get stood up.
The stage was set for a news conference: two chairs and two microphones on a table in the ornate neo-Baroque Salon Dorado of the presidential palace; two flags, of the United States and Peru. And a gaggle of reporters and photographers stood ready, armed with their questions.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton walked into the hall with Peruvian President Alan Garcia and sat down on the chair in front of the American flag, a blue folder of prepared remarks in front of her.
But Garcia remained standing at the side of table. He made a lengthy statement in Spanish. And then he walked briskly out of the room, leaving Clinton by herself.
After all, the world sees tyrants like the leader of Iran ridicule America, Russia run roughshod over Georgia, North Korea kills scores of South Koreans when they torpedoed a boat, Syria and Turkey wrap their arms around Iran-despite America reestablishing relations with Syria, Brazil and Turkey do an end run around America by "negotiating with Iran" over its nuclear weapons program, Putin calling the media back into a rum so he can dress down Hillary in front of the world...and the list goes on and on as nations feel free to humiliate not just this administration but the entire country of America.
This is the (dis) respect that Obama's reign has led the world towards. Why are we surprised? He doesn't respect America, so why should the rest of the world?