Michelle Obama snubs meeting with China’s new first lady

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First lady Michelle Obama is behaving very oddly this week.

The hip and happening new first lady of China, Peng Liyuan, is coming to America, but Michelle won’t be meeting her, which is causing some waves with the “extremely sensitive” Chinese, the New York Times reported.


China’s First Lady Peng Liyuan
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Chinese President Xi Jinping and his “glamorous singer and military general” wife will meet with President Obama for a highly anticipated U.S.-China Summit in California Friday and Saturday. But, Michelle has decided to stay home with Malia, 14, and Sasha, 12, who finished school this week.

Understandable, of course, but a potential diplomatic faux pas, nonetheless.

The Times reported:

The Chinese “will be disappointed,” said Cheng Li, a senior fellow on China policy at the Brookings Institution, a Washington-based research organization. “They certainly have very high expectations for this meeting.”

“There will be more coverage in China than in the United States” of the Obama-Xi visit, Mr. Li predicted, and since the Chinese are “extremely sensitive,” Mrs. Obama’s absence “certainly needs some explanation.” But, he added, the Chinese will readily accept family obligations as the reason for Mrs. Obama’s absence.

And the UK’s Daily Telegraph reported:

Zhang Ming, a political scientist from China’s Renmin University, predicted Mrs. Obama’s absence would “not go down very well” in Beijing.

“First lady diplomacy is also very important and the US side has failed to cooperate,” he said. “According to normal diplomatic etiquette this is very strange. It shouldn’t be like this.”

According to the Times, the meeting between the two presidents is more a “relationship-building” meeting than a policy setting meeting, Which makes Michelle’s absence all the more disappointing for China’s first lady.

Peng Liyuan, 50, is a popular and visible first lady and she has “elevated that role to a prominence and popularity unknown in the Communist era,” the Times article said.

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  • KB Cook

    Maybe he didn't request that she accompany him. naked emperor likes his stag-trips!

    • joel goodman


      • hiway280z

        I was thinking the same thing. Look how she glared at France first lady. ha ha…

  • Carol

    It may be for the best. Having an abrasive, low class, "in-your-face" first "lady" meeting with a super-sensitive diplomat is a little nerve wracking…

    • http://BizPac Norma

      Well said

    • http://www.drjuliaweeksworldview.com Julia Weeks

      It takes one to know another!!

  • Rosanne Howard

    What a rude, hateful woman.

  • http://www.facebook.com/CarlGottsteinJr Carl R Gottstein Jr.

    Obama is gay. So is her "husband"

    • http://bizpac. nancy ellis

      please don't insult the "gays" please..be glad she won't be there, she is empisal and an embarrassment to this country..just a tang!

  • Larry Wallace

    China may not loan more money, what will the Obama;s do then.

    • Kenneth Clark

      He will set an Executive Order into play that will bring in more money into their pockets from the American Taxpayer.

  • dona

    When you campaign for your husband and you accept the title of first lady you also accept the four-eight years of doing things that are inconvenient. She is no better than the wife of military personal who also don't get paid for the job that they do, moving from place to place, leaving family behind, not seeing their husbands for months-years at a time. If she was not willing to make sacrifices for the good of our country….why are they there?

    She is a representative of our country, and like other first ladies, she should accompany her husband. It's part of the privilege of living in the White House. Plus her daughters are not alone there, her mother lives with them.

    • Pizza

      Quote from Dona: "Why are they there?"

      The answer is pretty simple: They're there to take vacations! The Chinese First Lady is more lady-like than Michelle, and I'm not just talking about her manners..

      • http://bizpac. nancy ellis

        They are there, because the blacks of this country just wanted a black president, no problem, get someone with a brain, no tang for a wife…how about Colin Powell?

    • Kenneth Clark

      She doesn't get paid???? What closet have you been in? She is on a payroll whether it be Holder's or someone elses. But you can count on it ultimately coming from the ppckets of American Taxpayers.

    • Dora

      Why are they there?! That is a good question?! Sacrifices should be made to keep the peace of a country that nearly owns us! Hopefully the China First Lady is not like the USA's first lady & decides to act out in defiance as Obama has done repeatedly against the people of OUR Country, namely the conservatives but (anymore) not limited to. It seems right now ALL people are a pain in his arse! Read the NY times, Huffpo etc…They are not pleased with them anymore because it would seem he has turned his back on all, well with the exception of those of his culture…Muslims! Oh & I forgot his illegals in which he is gathering as his supporters/army!

    • hiway280z

      She has no problem jumping air force 2 traveling all over to campaign. Freeloader Momma is living in the white house off us as a tax payer paid baby setter.

  • tim

    Just fly her out at $180,000 an hour. Who cares it's just Chinese loans anyway.

  • Mike. Daniels

    Get it from George Soros!

  • Buffy

    I agree — it's "her" job as they get paid plenty with countless perks for their time. She doesn't seem to have any problem taking vacations on our "dime" so meetings like this are an obligation. Now the liberal press can fawn over her as "Mother of the Year" while our country looses face with yet another country. I wonder how this chapter will appear in the book "What Would Michelle Do?" It sounds like Michelle will do and does whatever she pleases!

  • Mary

    What a biotch our first lady is. What is wrong with that family? She can ditch her kids for something that is fun and a benefit for her, but something that is important to the country, she uses her kids as an excuse. Why in God's name are the Obamas still in the White House? What a disgrace to our country!

    • Bob N

      Michelle doesn't care about what other countries think about us. She is only proud of her husband being President, not of the country. They are still in the White house because of all the fraudulent and illegal votes. If it had been a honest election they would be back in Chicago now.

      • Cheryl Siefken


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