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    Re: Michelle Obama forgoes a headscarf and sparks a backlash in Saudi Arabia

    This will blow over, but if you are going to someone's funeral to pay respects, shouldn't you respect them?

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    Re: Michelle Obama forgoes a headscarf and sparks a backlash in Saudi Arabia

    Quote Originally Posted by AliHajiSheik View Post
    This will blow over, but if you are going to someone's funeral to pay respects, shouldn't you respect them?
    Yes, I noticed that too that President Obama didn't wear the traditional headgear.

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    Re: Michelle Obama forgoes a headscarf and sparks a backlash in Saudi Arabia

    Quote Originally Posted by AliHajiSheik View Post
    This will blow over, but if you are going to someone's funeral to pay respects, shouldn't you respect them?
    I dont' think this was at the funeral.

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    Re: Michelle Obama forgoes a headscarf and sparks a backlash in Saudi Arabia

    When you go to a foreign country-culture you show respect for their traditions. If their traditions are too much for you to deal with then don't go. Michelle should have stayed home or stayed on her luxury 727. This would have said to the world she strongly disagree with the way women are treated in the Arab culture without flaunting it like the ugly American and spitting in their faces.

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    Re: Michelle Obama forgoes a headscarf and sparks a backlash in Saudi Arabia

    Good for her.
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    Re: Michelle Obama forgoes a headscarf and sparks a backlash in Saudi Arabia

    Quote Originally Posted by ironhorse View Post
    When you go to a foreign country-culture you show respect for their traditions. If their traditions are too much for you to deal with then don't go. Michelle should have stayed home or stayed on her luxury 727. This would have said to the world she strongly disagree with the way women are treated in the Arab culture without flaunting it like the ugly American and spitting in their faces.
    You need to restate that. When an American goes to a foreign country they need to adopt their tradition. When foreigners come to America they expect Americans to adopt their tradition.

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    Re: Michelle Obama forgoes a headscarf and sparks a backlash in Saudi Arabia

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    Liberals: Good for her, standing up for her rights and ignoring multiculturalism!
    Conservatives: How can she insult our allies like this!? Damn it! We should respect Islam!
    Libertarians: *after putting down the bongs* Wait... Arabia isn't just a country in Aladdin?
    Moderate: Good grief, what the hell is she wearing? How are you going to get caught with the damn king of Saudi Arabia wearing Pottery Barn curtains? That's what is really important here.
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    Well, what this really signifies is that Michelle Obama is having an existential epiphany related to the croissants she had that morning.
    Liberals pretending to be Independents: Well I for one will take this as an opportunity to be heard on issues that I believe will make me seem less liberal.
    Conservatives pretending to be Independents: Wait, wait! Look at this link that shows how much Syrian Muslims hate crepes!
    Centrists: I have an opinion!
    Actually, this is going to cause problems for those on the left accustomed to being offended by anything that offends any Muslims. Do they criticize the first lady? Quite the conundrum.

    Good for her.

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    Re: Michelle Obama forgoes a headscarf and sparks a backlash in Saudi Arabia

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    Actually, this is going to cause problems for those on the left accustomed to being offended by anything that offends any Muslims. Do they criticize the first lady? Quite the conundrum.

    Good for her.
    It's going to cause problems for conservatives who constantly complain about insulting our allies too.
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    Re: Michelle Obama forgoes a headscarf and sparks a backlash in Saudi Arabia

    This is about optics. It reminds me of when Boko Haram kidnapped those young ladies and Michelle went to twitter and tweeted "bring back our girls." The light lifting is easy. It's the heavy lifting that is difficult.

    Having said that, given the circumstances, good for her.
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    Re: Michelle Obama forgoes a headscarf and sparks a backlash in Saudi Arabia

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    It's going to cause problems for conservatives who constantly complain about insulting our allies too.
    It causes me no problems. For the first time in my adult life, I'm proud of our First Lady. If Saudi Arabia takes offense to something stupid like that, that's their problem.

    Is that unequivocal enough for you?

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