President Obama Shakes Hands with European Leaders at G-20 Summit; Gives Islamist Turkish PM a Hug – Photo 11/3/11
Almost every time Obama goes overseas, he seems to manage to do something really odd.
Having arrived in Cannes, France for the G-20 Summit, President Obama apparently greeted European Heads of State with a handshake, but couldn’t resist giving a hug to Islamist Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Weekly Standard quotes White House Pool Reporter Tangi Quéméner’s report:
THE WEEKLY STANDARD: [President Obama] entered the room at 1:15 and took to his left, heading to Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy. They chatted for a few seconds before British Prime minister David Cameron joined them. Hard to understand what they were saying amid the cameras noise. POTUS then took a stroll to Australian Premier Julia Gillard who got a hug as European president Herman van Rompuy, European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso and Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan were watching. Eventually the Europeans got a handshake but Erdogan got the hug treatment. . . .