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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