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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
    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?
    She's done some pretty good work on childhood obesity.
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    Re: Michelle Obama forgoes a headscarf and sparks a backlash in Saudi Arabia

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    Oh, I know. I'm just reveling in the fact that few Conservatives are here complaining about the Obamas insulting our allies. It's not like... they do that or anything.
    Obama has insulted and pissed off many of our allies. Other than Cuba (and - possibly - Burma) I can't think offhand of a nation with whom we are better situated as a result of his administration.

    That doesn't mean that Michelle should sign up for reinforcing the subjugation of women.

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

    I just don't care.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    Obama has insulted and pissed off many of our allies.
    Yep, this is just one more. I wonder how many conservatives will complain about it like they have in the past?
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    Re: Michelle Obama forgoes a headscarf and sparks a backlash in Saudi Arabia

    Quote Originally Posted by Gaius46 View Post
    As the wife of a head of state Mrs. Obama has no real choice in the matter - she has to attend. As previously stated traditional garb for women is used as a means of subjugation. Good for her.

    And while I generally agree that guests should not offend their host a host has an obligation to be hospitable and respect their guest's traditions. I wouldn't think of inviting a vegetarian to my home and demand that they eat meat because meat eating is part of my tradition. I'd serve them a vegetarian dish.
    She could have used the classic excuse for women, a head ache.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    Yep, this is just one more. I wonder how many conservatives will complain about it like they have in the past?
    So far, zero.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    So far, zero.
    Makes one wonder whether insulting our allies is only a problem when the right people are being insulted.
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    Re: Michelle Obama forgoes a headscarf and sparks a backlash in Saudi Arabia

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    Makes one wonder whether insulting our allies is only a problem when the right people are being insulted.
    Wow something we agree on.

    This story is useless. I'd want my girlfriend to do the same thing. She shouldn't have to cover her head when she goes somewhere. She's got a pretty face.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    Makes one wonder whether insulting our allies is only a problem when the right people are being insulted.
    well, no. Actions that insult or damage relations with our allies can have positive purpose. In this case, refusing to reinforce the subjugation of women in a non-aggressive manner. In the case of sending back the Winston Churchill bust, or selling the Poles out to the Russians without the courtesy of a phone call, not so much.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    well, no. Actions that insult or damage relations with our allies can have positive purpose. In this case, refusing to reinforce the subjugation of women in a non-aggressive manner. In the case of sending back the Winston Churchill bust, or selling the Poles out to the Russians without the courtesy of a phone call, not so much.
    Hmmm, so what you're saying is that Michelle Obama going against the social norms established by the Saudi royal family... will be a positive for our relationship with the Saudi royal family? Right?
    I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK

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