Video: Indonesian Muslim minister bummed that he had to shake First Lady’s hand

posted at 9:53 pm on November 9, 2010 by Allahpundit

A fantastic moment, really, as not only is this fanatic tool put on the spot in full view of dozens of cameras, but the fact that he’s smiling all the while shows that even he doesn’t believe his own B.S. His claim afterwards was that Michelle Obama surprised him by offering her hand to shake. Really? Watch for yourself and see. He looks so happy to be getting a picture with her and The One that I think he’d have grabbed at her arm if she walked past.

Tifatul Sembiring, the country’s information minister, flaunts his conservatism, and as a Muslim he claims to avoid touching women who aren’t related to him…

Sembiring sought to deflect criticism by claiming that Tuesday’s skin-to-skin contact was all Michelle Obama’s fault.

‘I tried to prevent [being touched] with my hands but Mrs. Michelle held her hands too far toward me [so] we touched,’ Sembiring tweeted.

“Touched”? He went in for the double-hand grip. Even he obviously doesn’t believe his own faith’s nonsense about feminine uncleanliness. Maybe this is what FLOTUS should be doing with her time instead of tending to the vegetable garden or lounging on the beach in Spain or whatever. Send her on a tour of Islamic countries; when she steps off the plane to meet the head of state waiting for her, biiiiiiig hug.

I can’t bail out of this post without giving you guys a chance to needle the Obamas for something, so here you go. Your exit question via Weasel Zippers: Isn’t there anyone in the family capable of limiting the amount they spend?


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Wow. What a disgustingly profligate bunch. Can you tell that neither Barack nor Michelle has ever had to work a day in their lives?

KingGold on November 9, 2010 at 9:57 PM

Are you going to believe me or your lying eyes?!

Cookies Mom on November 9, 2010 at 9:58 PM

Touched”? He went in for the double-hand grip. Even he obviously doesn’t believe his own faith’s nonsense about feminine uncleanliness

I hope Michelle washed her hands if he used his left hand.

Jimbo3 on November 9, 2010 at 9:59 PM

but the fact that he’s smiling all the while shows that even he doesn’t believe his own B.S.

Actually I believe smiling is a sign of nervousness in some Asian cultures.

sharrukin on November 9, 2010 at 10:01 PM

O/T DANCING WITH THE STARS NEWS:

bristol stays on, kurt warner booted… ugh its getting bad, bristol is really bad and should have left weeks ago but palin’s stupid clones keep voting her on. (disclosure: i want palin to win in 2012 but im also not an idiot that keeps her daughter in prime time when she ain’t ready!)

STOP VOTING HER IN, GRIZZLIES!

picklesgap on November 9, 2010 at 10:02 PM

PS Twitter is abuzz with bristol hate.

Mama grizzly is sinking her candidacy with the bubblehead TV crowd. her kid is NOT worthy of a top 4 position. if bristol wins, television history ends.

picklesgap on November 9, 2010 at 10:03 PM

Isn’t there anyone in the family capable of limiting the amount they spend?

When it’s not your money, money is no object. That’s the Obama regime’s fiscal policy.

simkeith on November 9, 2010 at 10:04 PM

how do you say, “Damn, she’s TALL!” in their language?

ted c on November 9, 2010 at 10:05 PM

Actually I believe smiling is a sign of nervousness in some Asian cultures.

sharrukin on November 9, 2010 at 10:01 PM

More precisely, a means of “saving face,” thus giving rise to the expression.

manwithblackhat on November 9, 2010 at 10:05 PM

picklesgap on November 9, 2010 at 10:03 PM

Drama, much?

Bee on November 9, 2010 at 10:05 PM

Mama grizzly is sinking her candidacy with the bubblehead TV crowd. her kid is NOT worthy of a top 4 position. if bristol wins, television history ends.

picklesgap on November 9, 2010 at 10:03 PM

Ummm…wow. You do know that it doesn’t really matter, right? It’s just a dumb TV show.

Emily M. on November 9, 2010 at 10:09 PM

Man, I’d like to see that customs form when she has to list every item she purchased on Barak and Michelle’s Great Asian Adventure. She does have to declare those thousands of dollars of purchases like us mere mortals, doesn’t she????

CJ on November 9, 2010 at 10:11 PM

STOP VOTING HER IN, GRIZZLIES!

Whoops! Darnit. 3 phones, 5 votes each…

ABC must be d.y.i.n.g!! :o)

tee hee hee

ExPat on November 9, 2010 at 10:12 PM

But did Obama bow to them all?

Anywho, what a clown.

Aquateen Hungerforce on November 9, 2010 at 10:12 PM

I wish Moochelle had worn her fancy hair. I don’t like the Al Sharpton look very much. Unflattering IMHO.

Key West Reader on November 9, 2010 at 10:12 PM

how do you say, “Damn, she’s TALL!” in their language?

ted c on November 9, 2010 at 10:05 PM

Like this: “Aaaarghhhaaaa! Aaaaaarghhhaaa! Aaaarghhaaaa! Mommie, it’s a Monster! Aaaaaarghhaaa!”

Key West Reader on November 9, 2010 at 10:14 PM

Drama, much?

Bee on November 9, 2010 at 10:05 PM

tee hee.

lol.

John the Libertarian on November 9, 2010 at 10:14 PM

You do know that it doesn’t really matter, right? It’s just a dumb TV show.

This just in, Reality TV takes advantage of sensationalism and proves itself a popularity contest.

Shocked, I tell ya!

ExPat on November 9, 2010 at 10:17 PM

According to Sharia law, don’t they have to stone her now?

behiker on November 9, 2010 at 10:18 PM

STOP VOTING HER IN, GRIZZLIES!

picklesgap on November 9, 2010 at 10:02 PM

Can I cast votes for Bristol without watching the show or texting?

malclave on November 9, 2010 at 10:21 PM

avoid touching women who aren’t related to him…

.
Those are just the ones I WANT to touch.

ronsfi on November 9, 2010 at 10:22 PM

According to Sharia law, don’t they have to stone her now?

behiker on November 9, 2010 at 10:18 PM

They have to stone the Female. That would be Obama. Bummer.

Key West Reader on November 9, 2010 at 10:22 PM

The Obamas tower over this guy just as they did over Her Maj. Michelle should have hugged him.

J.E. Dyer on November 9, 2010 at 10:23 PM

malclave on November 9, 2010 at 10:21 PM

Yep, it’s an 800 number and listed somewhere in the bowels of the ABC website.

ExPat on November 9, 2010 at 10:23 PM

She’s a touchy feely once ain’t she? First the Queen now a muslim. The nerve of her.

/ me ever defending Moochelle again.

SouthernGent on November 9, 2010 at 10:23 PM

picklesgap on November 9, 2010 at 10:02 PM

You know, my wife is a fan of that show. They have this really great idea called voting for the people you want to win. You might try it.
In other words, put your cell phone to work and STOP WHINING!

mad scientist on November 9, 2010 at 10:23 PM

At least he didn’t have to do the White House Badonka Boogie.

That’s a killah.

Key West Reader on November 9, 2010 at 10:24 PM

Either Imam Hussein Obama instructed his wife not to touch a man she is unrelated to and she allowed herself to be touched, or the man touched a woman owned by the Imam. Either way, let the stoning begin.

TXUS on November 9, 2010 at 10:25 PM

On topic though. Surely there’s a Protocol Officer that would have briefed our two numpties prior to putting themselves or their hosts in an awkward position. I guess this is the ‘reaching out’ we were told about?

ExPat on November 9, 2010 at 10:26 PM

Touching a woman = Heinously sinful transgression.
Lying your ass off = Not so much.

ronsfi on November 9, 2010 at 10:26 PM

Either way, let the stoning begin.

TXUS on November 9, 2010 at 10:25 PM

Ere

/Just kidding

Key West Reader on November 9, 2010 at 10:27 PM

Isn’t there something in the Koran that says you can shake a woman’s hand as long as you have one of those little portable bottles of Purell with you?

jon1979 on November 9, 2010 at 10:28 PM

Actually, if the man is Javanese, then the smile doesn’t at all mean he’s happy. People from that part of the country could smile at you real big even if you just raped their children.

NorthernCross on November 9, 2010 at 10:29 PM

And Barack didn’t deeply bow to the Saudi king, either.

AmericanDad on November 9, 2010 at 10:32 PM

One other thing, the double hand shake is common in the Javanese culture. It does not necessarily mean that the person likes you.

NorthernCross on November 9, 2010 at 10:32 PM

PS Twitter is abuzz with bristol hate.

Mama grizzly is sinking her candidacy with the bubblehead TV crowd. her kid is NOT worthy of a top 4 position. if bristol wins, television history ends.

picklesgap on November 9, 2010 at 10:03 PM

This is why she keeps getting voted in. I don’t think it is all Palinista’s. I think people are voting for her because of all the ugliness that has unfairly been thrown her way.

I was at a dinner party this weekend where this very topic came up. No Palin lovers at this dinner, but every felt sorry for Bristol and the way she has been treated in the media. Apparently, the DWTS message board is full of Bristol hate on an ongoing basis (I don’t read the board, someone at the party reads the board regularly and said the first page of the message board is usually full of Bristol/Sarah hate….when we all looked at my friend like she was nuts for reading a tv show message board regularly, she said she knows Mark (Bristol’s partner) personally (his dad has a dance studio in Houston). She said Mark loves Bristol and says she is a really, really shy and sweet girl. He also told her she is a really good mom for someone so young. She is aware of all the nastiness said about her but refuses to let her affect her…so good for her.

ramrants on November 9, 2010 at 10:32 PM

Isn’t there something in the Koran that says you can shake a woman’s hand as long as you have one of those little portable bottles of Purell with you?

jon1979 on November 9, 2010 at 10:28 PM

“Hasaan! Quickly… with haste! Bring jon1979 to the Stoning Chamber. Beat him until he relents. There is no such thing as Purell. Allah forbids the Purell. Beat him until he understands that Allah prefers Palmolive. It’s so soft on the hands…”

Key West Reader on November 9, 2010 at 10:35 PM

Orthodox Jews also don’t touch people of the opposite sex they are not related to by marriage or family. I don’t know what it’s about in Islam, in Orthodox Judaism it’s about modesty.

However, this guy needed to pick a stance and stick with it. An observant Jew who observes this interpretation of modesty wouldn’t shake the hand, and would be dignified about it.

Does anyone know whether the Obamas were briefed on appropriate behavior in different cultures and religions? Did Michelle extend her hand because she didn’t know any better, or because she didn’t care? i mean, we do have a history of the Obamas doing whatever the hell they feel like, the hell with protocol, the hell with awareness that on the world stage everything you do is symbolic.

YehuditTX on November 9, 2010 at 10:37 PM

One other thing, the double hand shake is common in the Javanese culture. It does not necessarily mean that the person likes you.

NorthernCross on November 9, 2010 at 10:32 PM

I hear that Soccer moms do that double handshake alot.

Key West Reader on November 9, 2010 at 10:39 PM

re: shopping spree…this is from Times of India. the thousands is probably rupees. 4000 rupees equal 100 dollars

r keller on November 9, 2010 at 10:40 PM

if bristol wins, television history ends.

picklesgap on November 9, 2010 at 10:03 PM

If television history ends, then I win.

myrenovations on November 9, 2010 at 10:45 PM

i mean, we do have a history of the Obamas doing whatever the hell they feel like, the hell with protocol, the hell with awareness that on the world stage everything you do is symbolic.

YehuditTX on November 9, 2010 at 10:37 PM

Yes, they DO have a staff that briefs them on proper protocol and various mannerisms for different cultures.

The issue has been and will continue to be, that the Obamas believe that they are entitled to act, speak behave and and belittle others. They have been taught that they are entitled to engage in this behavior, despite who they might offend.

Key West Reader on November 9, 2010 at 10:45 PM

Surely there’s a Protocol Officer that would have briefed our two numpties prior to putting themselves or their hosts in an awkward position. I guess this is the ‘reaching out’ we were told about?

Same Protocol Officer he didn’t bother to consult about appropriate gifts for long-standing allies and their families. Same people the State Dept didn’t consult about the Russian translation of their red button. Of course there are people assigned to this, we’re talking about major diplomatic symbolic gestures.

It’s a rhetorical question. The Obamas. Do. Not. Give. A. Shit. Pompous speeches about learning to respect other cultures is for them, actual sensitivity and appropriateness is for the Little People.

YehuditTX on November 9, 2010 at 10:46 PM

Next story -that isn’t his real hand, it’s a prosthetic that he reserves for meeting female dignitaries. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

slickwillie2001 on November 9, 2010 at 10:46 PM

Personally I find nothing scandolous

Grunt on November 9, 2010 at 10:50 PM

Michelle always puts her hands on the wrong people.

picklesgap on November 9, 2010 at 10:03 PM

Hey, what’s the number, I wanna vote for Bristol..

tinkerthinker on November 9, 2010 at 10:50 PM

Glad she did it.
Make those bastards uncomfortable.
That religion needs some reformation.
Way to go Michelle!

redshirt on November 9, 2010 at 10:52 PM

Oh look, it’s a distraction within a distraction! These 2 are simply hiding from November 2nd. All of this foolishness is foolish! They will be back – and We the People will still be awake, alert, and focused on saving America – won’t we?

redwhiteblue on November 9, 2010 at 11:02 PM

OT: Michelle needs to fire her fashion consultant. Honestly, she looks atrocious.

Shiny_Tiara on November 9, 2010 at 11:02 PM

MO making muslims squirm. She keeps that up I might be able to be proud of my First Lady again.

I doubt it, but telling empty promises is something she underatnds.

Hog Wild on November 9, 2010 at 11:05 PM

That’s one of the oldest “grifter” tricks in the books. Distract your mark’s attention with a “handshake” while you’re lifting his wallet with your other hand.

Suckah!

bannedbyhuffpo on November 9, 2010 at 11:05 PM

*understands*

darn it…

Hog Wild on November 9, 2010 at 11:05 PM

OT: Michelle needs to fire her fashion consultant. Honestly, she looks atrocious.

Shiny_Tiara on November 9, 2010 at 11:02 PM

She also needs to learn to control her facial expressions at all times during photo ops. The expression on the photo fronting this article is atrocious.

mad scientist on November 9, 2010 at 11:08 PM

mad scientist on November 9, 2010 at 11:08 PM

Whoops! Wrong photo. I was looking at the photo on the Yahoo home page; she looks like somebody took her credit card.

mad scientist on November 9, 2010 at 11:13 PM

But it was four-year-old Kavita from Rajasthan who stole the show when Michelle spotted her quietly embroidering cloth dolls inside the Rajasthan stall. ”She was stunned to see Kavita’s workmanship even though she was so young and immediately placed an order for 10 dolls. Later she came back and asked for five more,” said Kavita’s proud grandfather Sumar Bhura.

Michelle is a heinous …..bleepity bleep bleep bleep. No compassion or empathy for the 4 year old. Just order more, and make this child work, work, WORK!!!

capejasmine on November 9, 2010 at 11:13 PM

Hey, hey! He was just picking something up off the floor.

OneGyT on November 9, 2010 at 11:16 PM

Isn’t there something in the Koran that says you can shake a woman’s hand as long as you have one of those little portable bottles of Purell with you?

jon1979 on November 9, 2010 at 10:28 PM

Silly infidel. Strict muslims don’t use hand santizer because it contains alcohol.

CJ on November 9, 2010 at 11:30 PM

Skip the handshake, that’s a wide bottom side.

Mason on November 10, 2010 at 12:31 AM

Stupid publicity stunt trip generates stupid publicity.

Reap what you sow, First Family.

Missy on November 10, 2010 at 2:04 AM

picklesgap on November 9, 2010 at 10:03 PM

Relax, Warner was horrible. She will go next week unless the chubby kid screws up or Jennifer Grey finally keels over from all the drama fits she throws.

Think of her as this season’s Kelly Obsbourne, a non-dancing kid mostly famous for having famous parents. Kelly made it to the final but came in 3rd. The same could happen for Bristol and it’s fine. World not ending.

alwaysfiredup on November 10, 2010 at 2:12 AM

Man, Is that a “great religion,” or what?!

Star20 on November 10, 2010 at 2:25 AM

He’s probably still washing and scrubbing his hands

TonyR on November 10, 2010 at 2:51 AM

Par for the course. When have the Obamas known anything about foreign cultures and protocol?

scotash on November 10, 2010 at 4:01 AM

When have the Obamas known anything about foreign cultures and protocol?

scotash on November 10, 2010 at 4:01 AM

When in his formative years, Obama’s Nanny was a katoy…guess that sort of broke most of the rice bowls for Obama when it comes to foreign cultures, protocol and such.

What is culture after all? When the girl giving you a bath, changing your pj’s and tucking you into bed at night turns out to be a guy in drag…well, at that point nothing else matters. It becomes all about you… /

coldwarrior on November 10, 2010 at 6:02 AM

Perhaps Michelle should avoid putting people in this awkward position by offering a polite nod and not extending her hand when greeting Muslim men. I don’t know the proper protocol, but when in Rome…

Dee2008 on November 10, 2010 at 6:52 AM

Indonesia host the Leader of the Free World, and the First Lady, and can’t restrain themselves from insulting the U.S. our representatives abroad. So much for open handed diplomacy.

Dr Evil on November 10, 2010 at 8:23 AM

Smiling while doing soemthing his belief system prohibits? Nothing new, it is a concept in islam called – taqija, look it up. Basically, you can do anything to fool the infidels. Just goes to show, what else they are lying about, when smiling and talking about tolerance and other crap , while helping to mail packages.

anikol on November 10, 2010 at 8:51 AM

Watched the video, it looked liek his hands were unclean, Moochelle, clearly wiped her hand after the shake on her dress :)

anikol on November 10, 2010 at 8:53 AM

According to Sharia law, don’t they have to stone her now?

behiker on November 9, 2010 at 10:18 PM

Many women in Muslim countries have been stoned for less.

On an unserious note—Ill forgive the guy for mistaking Mrs.Obama for a man,(shes tall,shortened hair, has strong bone structure, many male Muslims wear tunics). But he should have been honest about it instead of flinging the “unclean” crap at her. Mrs. Obama’s etiquette advisor should be fired.

canditaylor68 on November 10, 2010 at 8:53 AM

I’m always confused why liberals are always so quick to attack Bible-believing Christians who tend to respect women and take care of them, while doing all they can to push the meme that islam, despite the fact it was started by a mass murdering nutjob, is a religion of peace, and you shall not bash it, or you’re a bigot.

Kinda backwards since liberals always claim to be the ideology of the woman…I guess “women” tends to mean aborting babies, but still…

TheBlueSite on November 10, 2010 at 9:00 AM

It’s not like he slipped her the tongue for crying out loud!

/ick

pain train on November 10, 2010 at 9:10 AM

But it was four-year-old Kavita from Rajasthan who stole the show when Michelle spotted her quietly embroidering cloth dolls inside the Rajasthan stall. ”She was stunned to see Kavita’s workmanship even though she was so young and immediately placed an order for 10 dolls. Later she came back and asked for five more,”

Michelle stated: “I really wanted to purchase the child outright thinking she would come in handy in 2013 when I no longer had the White House staff at my disposal. But apparently there is some human trafficking law that prevented me from doing that. So, I did the next best thing and exploited the lack of child labor laws by buying a few of her hand-made trinkets.”

pain train on November 10, 2010 at 9:19 AM

I’m no fan of the Obama’s, but, I don’t think this one is on them at all.

It’s a receiving line of people shaking hands. She goes down the line and one guy out of the entire line has an issue and claims she forced him to touch her. If HE was going to do something different than the others (such as not touch the First Lady’s hand when offered) it was on him to make it clear and handle it in an appropriate way.

I don’t think it’s reasonable for us to expect her to memorize a list of every foreign dignitary and whether or not they’re o.k. with her shaking their hand.

JadeNYU on November 10, 2010 at 9:28 AM

JadeNYU on November 10, 2010 at 9:28 AM

He shouldn’t have been in the receiving line if that was the case, the First Couple were their guest. It’s a very poor host that deigns to host people they feel are inferior do so and then criticize their guest.

This is all on the Indonesians. Whom, if I remember correctly, the U.S. Military, that President Obama is the leader of now, rescued after the tsunami hit.

So rude and ingrates, and apparently whoever was in charge of the receiving line, should have omitted the self important nobody. Honestly the whole world knows who the First Lady of the United States…this tool complaining about shaking her hand, I didn’t even bother to note what his name and title are.

People seem to forget the Obamas are our representation on foreign tours. This self important smug tool was insulting the United States of America. He should be made to apologize.

Dr Evil on November 10, 2010 at 10:09 AM

He went in for the double-hand grip.

Nah. Indonesians don’t generally shake western-style. Most of those in the line were used to the western grip, but he looked more like he was trying to touch hands in a more Indonesian fashion.

The fact that none of those guys were doing the Muslim left hand touch to the center of the chest at the same time might be bigger news than that he made himself “unclean.” But it won’t be.

how do you say, “Damn, she’s TALL!” in their language?

ted c on November 9, 2010 at 10:05 PM

Astaga! Tinggi sekali!

TexasDan on November 10, 2010 at 10:35 AM

People seem to forget the Obamas are our representation on foreign tours. This self important smug tool was insulting the United States of America. He should be made to apologize.

Dr Evil on November 10, 2010 at 10:09 AM

At the time of the first Bali bombing, the Indonesian VP publicly blamed the CIA.

So this is progress, actually.

TexasDan on November 10, 2010 at 10:36 AM

TexasDan on November 10, 2010 at 10:36 AM

Progress would be how fast we don’t respond to their next natural or man made disaster.

Dr Evil on November 10, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Progress would be how fast we don’t respond to their next natural or man made disaster.

Dr Evil on November 10, 2010 at 11:01 AM

I think our lack of response to these diplomatic tiffs is actually the most crushing thing. It’s the big dog not responding to the yapping of the little dog–when the little dog finally realizes he doesn’t even merit a glance, then you’re really communicating.

TexasDan on November 10, 2010 at 11:48 AM