Castro patting on the shoulder: the most ridiculous discomfiture with US politicians abroad

Castro patting on the shoulder: the most ridiculous discomfiture with US politicians abroad

Barack Obama failed to complete his historic visit to Cuba on a positive note: 84-year-old Raul Castro (Fidel's brother) showed resourcefulness and gave familiarly pat yourself on the back, putting the US President in a bad light. Ruposters recalls other embarrassments that have taken place with senior American politicians during visits abroad.

President Gerald Ford (Austria, 1975)

Gerald Ford's visit to Austria started with a painful (in the truest sense of the word) situation. The American president, down from the plane, stumbled and flew up the steps. Fortunately, he was unable to pull a accompanied by his wife. It must be said that Ford, who had a reputation as an avid athlete, not just stumbled and fell on the audience, which was the subject of jokes.

President Jimmy Carter (Poland, 1977)

Castro patting on the shoulder: the most ridiculous discomfiture with US politicians abroad

Jimmy Carter's trip to Poland in 1977 became the first US president to visit communist country. In the context of the "cold war" this visit has gained an important historical and political context. But all ended in scandal - because of a hapless freelance translator, which the State Department hired for a modest $ 150 per day.

"I left the US and never to come back", - heard the Poles at the beginning of the speech Carter instead quite harmless, "I left the United States this morning." President phrase that he would like to learn more about the passionate pursuit of the Poles in the future, to become a Polish "I long for the Poles, and I want them to depravity." Finally, when Carter praised the Polish constitution of 1791 as the most important document in the history of mankind, a translator made it clear that the American president over her laugh.

, President George HW Bush (Australia, 1992)

Castro patting on the shoulder: the most ridiculous discomfiture with US politicians abroad

In 1992, George HW Bush, during his visit to Canberra, decided to greet the local farmers, showing two fingers on the famous "victory sign" (V-Victory), who launched to the masses British Prime Minister Churchill. All anything, but because Bush has turned his hand to her, it is instantly transformed from a positive gesture in the offensive - in England and Australia, it is akin to a demonstration of the middle finger.

President George W. Bush (Japan, 2002)

Castro patting on the shoulder: the most ridiculous discomfiture with US politicians abroad

In February 2002, during a visit to Japan, Bush made a stir in the Tokyo Stock Exchange, confusing the "devaluation" with "deflation". Speaking to reporters, Bush frightened Japanese, saying that he was going to discuss with the Japanese prime minister the possibility of devaluation of the yen. Immediately thereafter, the Japanese brokers began to urgently get rid of the national currency. Assistant situation straightened Bush reassure all that the president simply misspoke.

China, 2005

Bush arrived in China, flared up during a press conference held for American journalists. One of the reporters asked the president if all he was okay (it does not matter looked at the morning meeting with the head Hu Jintao). "Do you know such a thing as jet lag?" - retorted Bush and sharply turned away prospective doors, making it clear that dealing with the press is finished. Then the unexpected happened - pulling the handle several times, Bush realized that the wrong door and only after tips from the audience found out.

Australia, 2007

Another embarrassment outside the United States happened to Bush, continuing the family tradition in Australia in 2007. However, if his father inadvertently dealt with the gesture, the son summed up the speech and the most banal way - the US leader still confused Australia with Austria. He said that a year ago the Australian prime minister visited Iraq Austrian military contingent, which has never been in Afghanistan. Bush also called the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

Several strange behaved Bush and the official banquet. "Well, that'll be my girlfriend?" - he playfully asked Condoleezza Rice, using the fact that arrived in Australia without a spouse.

Vice-President Joe Biden (Georgia, 2009)

Castro patting on the shoulder: the most ridiculous discomfiture with US politicians abroad

unpleasant for the ex-Minister of Georgia Kakha Bendukidze ended visit to Tbilisi by US Vice President Biden. First, at the Marriott guards US policy clashed with guards Bendukidze, and then got involved in a fight and he Kakha, which went well.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (Myanmar, 2012)

At that time, head of the Department of State Hillary Clinton failed to maintain concentration during Obama's speech in the framework of the historic (first) visit of the US president to Myanmar. It is noteworthy that Hillary went to sleep at a time when Obama spoke of the need to fight for democratic principles around the world, and to the left of the head of the Department of State sat a prominent local human rights activist, who has spent nearly 15 years under house arrest.

President Barack Obama (Israel, 2013)

Castro patting on the shoulder: the most ridiculous discomfiture with US politicians abroad

During Obama's visit to Israel in 2013. The incident occurred with armored presidential limousine that before the arrival of the policy was taken to a special flight. Mistake made Secret Service, having filled with petrol instead of diesel cars. As a result, the President had to use the back-up car, and the famous limousine was sent to the emergency repairs.

Obama on this adventure in Israel did not end there. Small magnolia from the presidential garden in Washington that Obama has presented the Israeli President Peres, shortly after the official landing hastily dug. It has appeared that the plant has not passed quarantine at the border - he was sent for review, and only then returned to a new habitat.

India 2015

In January 2015, US President Barack Obama made an official visit to India on the occasion of Republic Day. The presence of such an honored guest at the main military parade of the country was not without embarrassment - when the sound of the national anthem American president enthusiastically chewing gum, which caused a storm of criticism from outraged Indians.

A year earlier, Obama has already allowed such a breach of etiquette, said chewing gum at a ceremony in honor of the 70th anniversary of the landing of Allied troops in Normandy.

Cuba 2016

Castro patting on the shoulder: the most ridiculous discomfiture with US politicians abroad

The historic visit of US President Obama to Cuba in March 2016 will remember him at least two unpleasant events. First, the head of Cuba Raul Castro met the US delegation at the airport. Instead, the Cuban soil Obama family welcomed other Cuban officials. And after the joint press conference, Obama tried to "friendly" pat Castro Jr. on the shoulder, but the chairman of the State Council of Cuba has not allowed to do so - quickly caught and waved limply dangling hand American visitor in the air.