The Jury Talks Back

12/9/2009

Changing the world’s perception of the US

Filed under: Uncategorized — Scott Jacobs @ 8:04 pm

President Obama has done wonders for our image.  From giving region-encoded DVDs to the British PM, to gate-crashers at his first State Dinner, Obama has done nothing but improve how we are viewed in the world.

And he’s at it again.

The American president is acting like an elephant in a porcelain shop,” said Norwegian public-relations expert Rune Morck-Wergeland. “In Norwegian culture, it’s very important to keep an agreement. We’re religious about that, and Obama’s actions have been clumsy. You just don’t say no to an invitation from a European king. Maybe Obama’s advisers are not very educated about European culture, but he is coming off as rude, even if he doesn’t mean to.”

That’s the worst of it, but he also opted to not attend the Peace Center exhibit – something that is traditional for every winner.  I have no idea why Obama would opt out of simply walking through.

Prize winners traditionally open the exhibitions about their work that accompany the Nobel festivities.

Oh.  Well, I suppose I understand, then.  I mean, who wants to walk through an empty exhibit?

h/t to Glenn Reynolds


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