You may have already seen this photo of Obama with his feet up in the Oval Office. Now Huffington Post lets us know that this is considered by some parties to be an offense against our allies in Israel: “A number of Israeli newscasters last night called the posture insulting,” says HuffPo, “since in many Arab countries, it is considered an insult to show someone the sole of your shoe.” Israeli paper Haaretz took it to the bridge: “As an enthusiast of Muslim culture, Obama surely knows there is no greater insult in the Middle East than pointing the soles of one’s shoes at another person. Indeed, photos of other presidential phone calls depict Obama leaning on his desk, with his feet on the floor.”
That’s all the proof we need, but rightblogger Don Surber more cautiously goes for the two-rail shot: while the Israelis “are taking offense to everything and all things small and large,” he says, this is still the President’s fault, as “these are not good times to be a long-time, democratic ally of the United States” and “When he was president, even Jimmy Carter stood up to evil,” whereas Obama bows to it.
“Certainly,” notes Jihad Watch, Obama’s shoe shanda “would be consistent with Obama’s other signs of contempt for Israel and its attempts to defend itself against the global jihad.”
“He is also well known,” Right NJ confirms, “for slipping little private signals into his non-verbal communication, like ‘flipping the bird’ when mentioning the names of his rivals during campaign speeches,” resuscitating an old rightwing talking point.
They may have a point. The Democratic Party has a long history of thus insulting Israel, as shown by this famous photo of Adlai Stevenson. And say, isn’t Obama a leading exponent of… pork?