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You may have heard Michelle Obama, the kids and the irascible First grandma are on a “diplomatic” visit to China. To improve relations, talk about the importance of education and stand up for Internet freedom, and so forth.
Only, China doesn’t understand the concept of a free press or Internet … Sort of like the Obamas.
So situation normal.
First lady Michelle Obama’s Spring Break trip to China with her daughters and mom has received some glowing news reports, but not because her press corps has had an easy time covering the event-filled trip.
Reporters say that they have been blocked from events, screamed at by officials, held back with red tape and told not to move from prepositioned lookouts, possibly to avoid taking embarrassing photos.
On Monday, the New York Times filed a pool report about the first lady’s tour of Xi’an, a city dating to the 14th century. “Event below marred for press by obnoxious Chinese advance man screaming and shoving us behind his ever moving red tape line,” said the report.
And that was just the Secret Service agent the Obamas borrowed from the San Francisco counterfeiting detail.
The MSM have already sacrificed so much of their dignity for this first family that you’d think they wouldn’t care, but there have been other complaints.
“Had photographers been able to shoot from Tower 14 as the family walked north, the photographs would have captured them walking the wall with a massive rock inscription on the hillside above them to the north, which read in Chinese characters, ‘Loyal to Chairman Mao,’ ” he added.
The report noted that it wasn’t the only potential embarrassment officials avoided. Sales of a popular t-shirt sold at stalls near the wall that show President Obama in a Mao military-style hat were temporarily banned.
Just like the ones they sell at Boston University? Dang! The Chinese are becoming more westernized every time you turn around.
Something tells me most Americans wouldn’t like living in China, though. In China the government keeps very close tabs on its citizens, sometimes even showing up at their doors unannounced.
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