Obama's gum habit lands him in sticky situation

Obama's Gum Habit Lands Him in Sticky Situation
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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