See the rest here. Benetton better have some serious insurance on their stores…
There’s no doubt that these are the pictures of the day. U.S. President Barack Obama kissing his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez, Mahmoud Abbas embracing Benjamin Netanyahu, and Germany’s Angela Merkel locking lips with Nicolas Sarkozy. Is this bad fan fiction? A new approach to international diplomacy?
The stunning (albeit photoshopped) images are part of a new campaign by the United Colors of Benetton. Alessandro Benetton, executive deputy chairman, who presented the ads in Paris on Wednesday, said they were meant to promote the idea of “unhate,” The Times Of India writes. “The images are very strong, but we have to send a strong message. We are not wanting to be disrespectful of the leaders … we consider them “conception figures” making a statement of brotherhood with a kiss,” he reportedly said.
Benetton hopes the campaign will contribute to the creation of a culture of tolerance and combat hatred, the group writes. It plans a series of live actions in which young people will post the images of the smooching world leaders “on the walls of locations symbolic of the desperately-needed peace process: Tel Aviv, New York, Rome, Milan, Paris.”
There have already been fierce reactions to the controversial shots. According to the Belgian news channel RTL, President of the Italian Association for Catholic Viewers Luca Borgomeo asked for the immediate withdrawal of the campaign. “Is it possible that RTL can’t think of anything better?” he said, according to a HuffPost translation.
“The White House has a longstanding policy disapproving of the use of the president’s name and likeness for commercial purposes,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz told The Huffington Post.
Benetton is known for its controversial ads, including one of a young nun kissing a priest.
This one starts with Malcom X’s talk on the “House Negro” and the “Field Negro”…
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Seems that some folks in the US, as well as in China have hit upon the idea using “Obama” name recognition to peddle fried chicken…
Two city fast-food joints are calling themselves Obama Fried Chicken – and the new names are ruffling some feathers.
Eateries in Brooklyn and Manhattan plastered the new President’s last name on their awnings recently.
And some passersby are cringing, saying the name change plays into old racial stereotypes.
“Why name it that? Just because Obama is black, they’re going to put his name on a fried chicken place in a black neighborhood?” said Akilah Nassy, 16, outside the Brooklyn store.
And here, in China -
For all the grief the Obama administration is getting from China for filing a complaint with the World Trade Organization about Chinese tariffs on American chicken exports, perhaps the president should be suing China for royalties instead.
We’ve seen Obama peddle chicken for Kentucky Fried Chicken in Hong Kong, so it was just a matter of time before he broke loose and got his own franchise here in the mainland.
Obama Fried Chicken, or at least what we assume OFC stands for, was found earlier this week in Beijing and comes with the slogan written underneath in Chinese: “We’re so cool, aren’t we?”
It’s all about selling product.
Turns out the First Lady loves to slip out of the White House bubble and do things normal folks do…
The first lady shops at Target — just like us!
An Associated Press photographer on Thursday snapped some choice photos of Michelle Obama in the checkout line of a Target store just outside Washington for what her office says was a “routine errand,” the likes of which she does often.
The first lady appears to have been trying to pick up some items incognito. She is seen sporting a Nike cap and large, dark sunglasses.
“It is not uncommon for the first lady to slip out to run an errand, eat at a local restaurant or otherwise enjoy the city outside the White House gates,” said Kristina Schake, communications director for the first lady.
It’s unclear how the photo came about; her office said the photographer, Charles Dharapak, “caught her” at the store.
President Obama has often mused about how he wishes he could break outside the “bubble” he has to travel in. The first lady does not have the same full-time entourage of reporters as her husband.
But she, too, has spoken of some frustration about how living in the White House has changed her routine.
“Before we lived here, we were normal people. I had a job, I drove my own car, I took my kids to school every day. I went to Target and shopped for my groceries,” she said at an April event for children of White House staff.
Don’t think this is any surprise – Obama would wipe the floor with Rick Perry, and put a serious whuppin’ on any of the Republican candidates…
His pick as the best matchup? Neut Gingrich!
Just a little more than a year from the 2012 election, President Obama’s strapped with a wrecked economy, an uncooperative Congress and plenty of competition from the GOP. But when it comes to good old campaigning, communication expert Peter Meyers says Obama still has the golden touch.
“We can focus on the message all we want, the election doesn’t go to the candidate who’s the smartest or even the most experienced,” said Meyers, who has advised world leaders and politicians on how to use body language to influence their message. “It goes to the best communicator. Right now, in the White House, we’ve got a world class communicator. He is going to have to draw upon all of his skills, but he’d clock Rick Perry in a race.”
Meyers compares Obama to former Presidents Clinton and Reagan as speakers, both of whom won re-election after a stumbling start.
He’s not the only political adviser to suggest Obama’s got it in the bag. Whispers recently reported that Allan Lichtman, the American University professor whose election formula has correctly called every president since Reagan’s 1984 re-election, has Obama taking a second term.
Meyers doesn’t totally discount the other candidates, but doesn’t believe they have what it takes.
He admires Perry’s presidential look, his ability to deliver memorable zingers like “Ponzi scheme” and his clear, simple answers to tough questions. Meyers even finds his deep voice appealing. Yet, he admonishes Perry’s fashion sense and lack of poise when forced to speak off the cuff.
“He meanders mid-sentence and loses his way when someone kicks him off his talking points,” Meyers says. “His collars are way to high on his neck; he looks like Catholic school boy, whose mother dressed him for church.”
[See a collection of political cartoons about the GOP contenders.]
Mitt Romney doesn’t fare much better. “He can obviously stay on point and hold his own with Rick Perry, but his voice gets stuck in his throat instead of coming from his chest, and he tends to sound like a 1970s game show host; it’s inauthentic,” says Meyers.
Meyers also points to Romney’s stammer and rushed cadence as evidence of why he’d likely get trampled in a race against Obama. “He’s a fair fighter, and he is polished, but he’s almost like a community theater actor. When he makes a good point, you can see in his face that he’s very pleased with himself.”
Who does Meyers thinks might be able to knock Obama from his oratory pedestal?
“Newt Gingrich comes across as the best communicator the Republicans have got,” he says, “It’s a shame he doesn’t get mentioned more. When Gingrich speaks you can hear the tone of both his intellect and his heart; it’s like listening to a sleigh ride — very pleasant.”
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