Once again, Obama offends foreign hosts with inappropriate gum-chewing at a serious public event

Embarrassing himself, his office, and the American people, President Obama has allowed the nicotine monkey on his back to get the better of his duty.  At least that’s the charitable interpretation of his public gum-chewing.  Why, other than a craving for nicotine causing him to chomp down on Nicorette Gum, would he reinforce an invidious stereotype of Americans as gum-chewers?

The Times of India (hat tip: The Weekly Standard) reports on the public outrage over this insulting nekulturny behavior at their Republic Day parade:

In an ungainly sight, cameras caught US President Brack Obama chewing gum during the Republic Day parade on Monday.

In the picture captured by cameras and posted on Twitter by some users, Obama was spotted removing his chewing gum while PM Modi was seen trying to explain something to the US president.

The Times notes:

… this is not the first time that Obama has been spotted chewing gum during an important function. Though there was a lot of commentary on social media on his chewing gum at a formal ceremony. 

Indeed not.  Only last November:

President Obama at the Asia-Pacific Economic Corporation summit in China raised some eyebrows Tuesday morning, at least among members of the attending press pool and an observant Chinese blogger — for chewing gum at inappropriate times.

India, another nation with ancient history and a strong sense of manners at public ceremonies, also took offense:

Comments on Twitter included remarks by author Shobhaa De, who said, "Barack bhai working his jaws overtime and chewing gum! At least it isn't gutka. But seriously - gum during a formal parade?". 

"Glad to see @BarackObama is so human. Like most Americans, he chews gum. Anyone know what brand?," was how noted film-maker Shekhar Kapur reacted. 

Face it: the president of the United States likely has an uncontrollable addiction.  My suspicion is that he is still secretly puffing away at cigarettes, at a minimum.

Embarrassing himself, his office, and the American people, President Obama has allowed the nicotine monkey on his back to get the better of his duty.  At least that’s the charitable interpretation of his public gum-chewing.  Why, other than a craving for nicotine causing him to chomp down on Nicorette Gum, would he reinforce an invidious stereotype of Americans as gum-chewers?

The Times of India (hat tip: The Weekly Standard) reports on the public outrage over this insulting nekulturny behavior at their Republic Day parade:

In an ungainly sight, cameras caught US President Brack Obama chewing gum during the Republic Day parade on Monday.

In the picture captured by cameras and posted on Twitter by some users, Obama was spotted removing his chewing gum while PM Modi was seen trying to explain something to the US president.

The Times notes:

… this is not the first time that Obama has been spotted chewing gum during an important function. Though there was a lot of commentary on social media on his chewing gum at a formal ceremony. 

Indeed not.  Only last November:

President Obama at the Asia-Pacific Economic Corporation summit in China raised some eyebrows Tuesday morning, at least among members of the attending press pool and an observant Chinese blogger — for chewing gum at inappropriate times.

India, another nation with ancient history and a strong sense of manners at public ceremonies, also took offense:

Comments on Twitter included remarks by author Shobhaa De, who said, "Barack bhai working his jaws overtime and chewing gum! At least it isn't gutka. But seriously - gum during a formal parade?". 

"Glad to see @BarackObama is so human. Like most Americans, he chews gum. Anyone know what brand?," was how noted film-maker Shekhar Kapur reacted. 

Face it: the president of the United States likely has an uncontrollable addiction.  My suspicion is that he is still secretly puffing away at cigarettes, at a minimum.