“President Obama has been criticised by Turkish lawmakers over a White House photograph showing him speaking on the phone with the prime minister of Turkey while wielding a baseball bat.
The odd image shows the president seated at his desk holding a bat autographed by baseball great Hank Aaron while talking with Prime Minister Recip Tayyip Erdogan about the crisis in Syria.
Political figures in Turkey have interpreted the picture as vaguely menacing and branded it ‘insulting’.
‘The photo reveals from whom our prime minister receives orders to rule the country,’ Metin Lutfi Baydar, a lawmaker with Turkey’s main opposition party, said.
Some newspapers took a more light-hearted approach to the diplomatic snafu, with columnist Ahmet Hakan of Hurriyet writing: ‘We need to do something – retaliation seems to be the most reasonable method.’
‘Our prime minister needs to hold something in his hand as he’s calling Obama,’ he added, suggesting as possible candidates a slipper, a belt or a rolling pin…”
Now, I could suggest something for Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdogan to hold in his hands while speaking with Obama the inept on the phone but I am not that kind of girl.
“…When asked about possible hidden meanings in the photo, White House secretary Jay Carney said that the president was an avid baseball fan and long-time supporter of the Chicago White Sox….’”
While that maybe the case, let that be a lesson to Obama who has never encountered a photo op (and prop) he did not like. That being said, you really can’t make this shit up. We have a jackass in the White House.