Obama's gum habit lands him in sticky situation

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Obama's Gum Habit Lands Him in Sticky Situation
By ISABELLE CHAPMAN

When President Obama arrived at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference in Beijing, he stepped out of his car chewing gum, USA Today reports.

The President has been known to chew Nicorette, a gum meant to help smokers kick the nasty habit. For Americans, this sight was a familiar one.

According to the Washington Post, Obama has been known to chew gum while campaigning, while watching football, and even during the ceremony to honor the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion last June.

While people in the United States pointed out that the latter was mildly appropriate, Chinese citizens deemed this instance -- Obama strolling down a red carpet not-so-subtly smacking his lips like a cow might munch on a decent-sized mouthful of grass -- as downright offensive.

"This is in the American manner and humor, but in traditional Chinese culture, it is immature and not serious behavior!" one blogger said of the incident, according to the Wall Street Journal.

"No wonder he doesn't get any support!" another quipped, according to the same source.

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President Barack Obama chews gum as he walks towards Air Force One en route to Gulfport, Miss., as he embarks on a three-state tour of Gulf Coast affected by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Monday, June 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
US President Barack Obama (R) removes a piece of chewing gum from his mouth as he attends the East Asia Summit plenary session in Nusa Dua on Indonesia's resort island of Bali, on November 19, 2011. Obama held previously unannounced talks with China's Premier Wen Jiabao November 19, after a week of sharp exchanges between the two nations during Obama's Pacific tour. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama unwraps a piece of gum at a White House ceremony to recognize the Points of Light volunteer program in Washington, DC, July 15, 2013.. President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted former President George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush to honor the 5,000th Daily Points of Light Award winner. AFP PHOTO/JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama (R) removes a piece of chewing gum from his mouth as he attends the East Asia Summit plenary session in Nusa Dua on Indonesia's resort island of Bali, on November 19, 2011. Obama held previously unannounced talks with China's Premier Wen Jiabao November 19, after a week of sharp exchanges between the two nations during Obama's Pacific tour. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. President Barack Obama pulls a piece of gum out of his mouth at the start of the East Asia Summit in Nusa Dua, on the island of Bali, Indonesia, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011. At left is Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
US President Barack Obama steps off Air Force One upon arrival at Naypyidaw International Airport in Naypyidaw, Myanmar in November 12, 2014. Obama landed in the capital of Naypyidaw for a two-night visit after leaving Beijing, where he announced a major climate change deal with Chinese President Xi Jinping. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama walks to his limousine upon arrival at Naypyidaw International Airport in Naypyidaw, Myanmar in November 12, 2014. Obama landed in the capital of Naypyidaw for a two-night visit after leaving Beijing, where he announced a major climate change deal with Chinese President Xi Jinping. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama waves as he arrives in Naypyidaw International Airport in Myanmar on November 12, 2014. Obama landed in the capital of Naypyidaw for a two-night visit after leaving Beijing, where he announced a major climate change deal with Chinese President Xi Jinping. AFP PHOTO / YE AUNG THU (Photo credit should read Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - NOVEMBER 12: U.S. President Barack Obama (L) shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) after a joint press conference at the Great Hall of People on November 12, 2014 in Beijing, China. U.S. President Barack Obama pays a state visit to China after attending the 22nd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)
U.S. President Barack Obama, right, smiles after a group of children waved flags and flowers to cheer him during a welcome ceremony with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. When Xi Jinping took the reins of a booming China two years ago, President Barack Obama saw an opportunity to remake America's relationship with the Asian power. But even after Obama's unusually robust efforts to forge personal ties with Xi, the two leaders are meeting in Beijing amid significant tensions, both old and new. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
President Barack Obama boards Air Force One at Beijing Capital International Airport, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, in Beijing. Obama was leaving China and traveling to Myanmar. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a meeting with China's Premier Li Keqiang at the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Petar Kujundzic, Pool)
U.S. President Barack Obama places his hand on his chest as the U.S. national anthem is played at a welcome ceremony with Chinese President Xi Jinping inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, gestures to U.S. President Barack Obama as they arrive at a lunch banquet in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. Obama is on a state visit after attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Beijing. (AP Photo/Greg Baker, Pool)
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President Obama gum chewing
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Obama's gum habit lands him in sticky situation
President Barack Obama chews gum as he walks towards Air Force One en route to Gulfport, Miss., as he embarks on a three-state tour of Gulf Coast affected by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Monday, June 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
US President Barack Obama (R) removes a piece of chewing gum from his mouth as he attends the East Asia Summit plenary session in Nusa Dua on Indonesia's resort island of Bali, on November 19, 2011. Obama held previously unannounced talks with China's Premier Wen Jiabao November 19, after a week of sharp exchanges between the two nations during Obama's Pacific tour. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama unwraps a piece of gum at a White House ceremony to recognize the Points of Light volunteer program in Washington, DC, July 15, 2013.. President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted former President George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush to honor the 5,000th Daily Points of Light Award winner. AFP PHOTO/JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama (R) removes a piece of chewing gum from his mouth as he attends the East Asia Summit plenary session in Nusa Dua on Indonesia's resort island of Bali, on November 19, 2011. Obama held previously unannounced talks with China's Premier Wen Jiabao November 19, after a week of sharp exchanges between the two nations during Obama's Pacific tour. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. President Barack Obama pulls a piece of gum out of his mouth at the start of the East Asia Summit in Nusa Dua, on the island of Bali, Indonesia, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011. At left is Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
US President Barack Obama steps off Air Force One upon arrival at Naypyidaw International Airport in Naypyidaw, Myanmar in November 12, 2014. Obama landed in the capital of Naypyidaw for a two-night visit after leaving Beijing, where he announced a major climate change deal with Chinese President Xi Jinping. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama walks to his limousine upon arrival at Naypyidaw International Airport in Naypyidaw, Myanmar in November 12, 2014. Obama landed in the capital of Naypyidaw for a two-night visit after leaving Beijing, where he announced a major climate change deal with Chinese President Xi Jinping. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama waves as he arrives in Naypyidaw International Airport in Myanmar on November 12, 2014. Obama landed in the capital of Naypyidaw for a two-night visit after leaving Beijing, where he announced a major climate change deal with Chinese President Xi Jinping. AFP PHOTO / YE AUNG THU (Photo credit should read Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - NOVEMBER 12: U.S. President Barack Obama (L) shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) after a joint press conference at the Great Hall of People on November 12, 2014 in Beijing, China. U.S. President Barack Obama pays a state visit to China after attending the 22nd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)
U.S. President Barack Obama, right, smiles after a group of children waved flags and flowers to cheer him during a welcome ceremony with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. When Xi Jinping took the reins of a booming China two years ago, President Barack Obama saw an opportunity to remake America's relationship with the Asian power. But even after Obama's unusually robust efforts to forge personal ties with Xi, the two leaders are meeting in Beijing amid significant tensions, both old and new. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
President Barack Obama boards Air Force One at Beijing Capital International Airport, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, in Beijing. Obama was leaving China and traveling to Myanmar. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a meeting with China's Premier Li Keqiang at the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Petar Kujundzic, Pool)
U.S. President Barack Obama places his hand on his chest as the U.S. national anthem is played at a welcome ceremony with Chinese President Xi Jinping inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, gestures to U.S. President Barack Obama as they arrive at a lunch banquet in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. Obama is on a state visit after attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Beijing. (AP Photo/Greg Baker, Pool)
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