Foreign trips are always breeding grounds for Obamateurisms, and our President got off to a good start this weekend. Jake Tapper calls this “an odd little moment” from Barack Obama’s meeting with CEOs in Mumbai, India on Saturday, but it’s a revealing one, although not for the reason Jake thinks. The founder of Spice Jet wanted to draw attention to the shared Kenyan heritage between himself and Obama to make a point, but it wasn’t the point that the President assumed:
MR. KANSAGRA: Thank you. Welcome, Mr. President, to India. As a fellow Kenyan, I’m very proud to see that you have made —
THE PRESIDENT: Made something of myself. (Laughter.)
MR. KANSAGRA: — India as the focus of your drive for exports out of the U.S.
Perhaps he should have waited to find out exactly what Mr. Kansagra meant to say. Ironically, it was to compliment the President on his focus on India. Sorry, Mr. President. Not everything is all about you.
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