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Tit For Tat

Well, it's been a few days since President Obama's state dinner for Hu Jintao, and it seems that the Chinese very well might have sneaked a rather petty little insult past us. During the entertainment portion of the evening, a Chinese pianist played a rather patriotic little ditty from a Chinese film -- a rather stridently anti-American film set during the Korean War.

If deliberate (and I strongly suspect it was -- nothing is left to chance at these kinds of events, with the possible exception of Joe Biden... well, being Joe), then it was a rather petty, juvenile, passive-aggressive little ploy that we've all pulled at various times in our lives. Hell, at one retail job I held, I sent off customers with either "please come again" or "have a good day," depending on whether or not I wanted them to come back.

So, they did it. They flipped us the bird, and we didn't even notice it. How should we respond?

Here's my suggestion: at the next opportunity that we provide the entertainment at an event featuring the Chinese, we borrow this classic ditty from England:



It's a charming, catchy, and pleasant little ditty. And, like the Chinese song, we can present it as an instrumental to avoid being too on-the nose.

Sound fair to you folks?

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Comments (17)

How about giving him a fort... (Below threshold)
Don L:

How about giving him a fortune cookie with a "our debt is hereby cancelled" on it?

Being that the Chinese are ... (Below threshold)
Hank:

Being that the Chinese are the only ones left buying our bonds, we may not have much leverage.

Be nice if we stopped giving them foreign aid though.

How about we just have the ... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

How about we just have the SNL crew come in for a live performance that evening? One of the skits could be that "Having Sex on Me" ditty.

Don't trust the Chinese gov... (Below threshold)
mag:

Don't trust the Chinese gov't. Hell, I don't trust the American gov't...especially with BO in charge.

BHO should return the insul... (Below threshold)

BHO should return the insult by returning the bust of Mao Tse-Tung with which he (BHO) replaced the bust of Winston Churchill he (BHO) returned to England.


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Barry committed a bigger in... (Below threshold)
914:

Barry committed a bigger insult by running for office.

This was not the usual obam... (Below threshold)
dunce:

This was not the usual obama incompetence,he hates this country and everything we have ever done and colluded with the chinese to humiliate us. This is part of his bowing and apology sthick.

How about offering songs to... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

How about offering songs to the premier on a sheet of paper and tell him to choose one from column a and one from b. ww

"...nothing is left to chan... (Below threshold)
Rance:

"...nothing is left to chance at these kinds of events, ...

Not so. Even the Chinese screw it up.

When President Ford went to China, he was greeted with the Michigan State Fight Song, not University of Michigan's "Victors".

9. RanceHey, as a ... (Below threshold)
epador:

9. Rance

Hey, as a Spartan fan, I found that not insulting at all. You have to understand that MSU had strong ties to China as soon Nixon opened things up.

The presumption of insult i... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

The presumption of insult is a bit much here.

By the way, anyone consider... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

By the way, anyone consider the possibility that the tune was created separately from the words? That the music may once have been for something completely non-offensive? Wouldn't be the first time ...

10. epadorI was li... (Below threshold)
Rance:

10. epador

I was living in East Lansing at the time, so I thought it was positively hilarious.

By the way, anyone consi... (Below threshold)

By the way, anyone consider the possibility that the tune was created separately from the words? That the music may once have been for something completely non-offensive? Wouldn't be the first time

Not overly relevant, DJ. After all, how many people get misty-eyed over Whitney Houston's rendition of an old English drinking song, with rewritten lyrics?

J.

Hmmm. I don't know Jay, t... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

Hmmm. I don't know Jay, this complaint seems a bit weak to me. Of course, while I was in China one of the things I saw was part of the Team America World Police movie, the one where Kim Jong Il was planning to blow up the world. It's kind of strange hearing Mandarin dialogue, complete with a spot-on speech impediment of the Dear Leader ... maybe the Chinese government is getting a better sense of comedy, but in any case this incident is not a big deal from my perspective.

By the way, anyone consi... (Below threshold)
cirby:

By the way, anyone consider the possibility that the tune was created separately from the words?

It wasn't, and the pianist admitted it (not to the US press, where he lied about it).

1) The pRESIDENT knew about... (Below threshold)
Constitution First:

1) The pRESIDENT knew about it, and agrees with the anti-American sentiment.

2) The pRESIDENT didn't knew about it because he remains as clueless as the day he arrived.

3) There is no third option.




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