Israeli TV newscasters Tuesday night interpreted a photo taken Monday in the Oval Office of President Obama talking on the phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as an “insult” to Israel.
They saw the incident as somewhat akin to an incident last year, when the Iraqi reporter threw a shoe at President Bush in Baghdad.
While I don’t think that the picture conveys such an insult, and the White House probably thought it looked good with Obama in a very “in-charge” mode, it looks like Obama is the Boss.
Luckily, we had a chance to get a transcript:
OBAMA: How’s the wife and kids Bibi?
BIBI: Fine, Barack. How’s Michelle and the kids?
OBAMA: Thanks they are well. Do you mind if cut to the point? I wanted to tell you that we’re hoping to spend Christmas in Bethlehem this year.
BIBI: Oh that is too bad, we’ll miss you. We were thinking of spending Chanukah in Florida.