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Saturday, April 04, 2009

Michelle Obama touched the Queen 

On no she didn't!?! Actually yes, yes she did. Queen Elizabeth put her arm around First Lady Michelle Obama's back on Wednesday, during the reception that Buckingham Palace threw for leaders attending the G-20 summit in England. Ms. Obama responded to the gesture in kind. The initial reaction of the English tabloids, "Oh the horrors!" Even the more staid, nominally mainstream, Times of London said, "Protocol is abandoned as Michelle Obama cozies up to [the] queen."

However, polls indicate that most Americans found nothing wrong with gesture. Surely, the graceful Queen in no way objected. According to the Atlanta Constitution Journal, a Buckingham Palace spokesman said, "It was a mutual and spontaneous display of affection." He added that he couldn’t remember the last time the queen had so publicly departed from the royals’ no-touching protocol. In typical Obama style what was normally an insuperable barrier was transcended with grace and ease.

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