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Turkish Officials Upset with President Obama’s Picture Holding the Baseball Bat

Turkish officials are upset over a recent photo released of President Barack Obama.

In the photo, the president is shown holding a baseball bat signed by legendary player Hank Aaron. He was speaking with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan about the crisis in Syria, when the shot was taken. And although the president looks relaxed and at ease in the photo, some Turkish officials believe it shows hostility.

“The photo reveals from whom our Prime Minister receives orders to rule the country,” Metin Lutfi Baydar, an opposition politician for Turkey’s Republican People’s Party (CHP) party, said in a statement.

Another CHP leader, party vice president Umut Oran, called the picture “an implicit insult to Turkey and its citizens” in Parliament, Reuters reports.

The president’s P.R. team insists that the call was intended to promote friendship with an important ally.  Turkish diplomacy is already edgy, given the important role that the country plays in US policy in the middle east.

“We released the photo with only one purpose in mind, to highlight the President’s continuing close relationship with Prime Minister Erdogan and draw attention to the important conversation they had about the worsening situation in Syria,” Caitlin Hayden, a spokesperson for the White House, said in a statement released on Friday.

“The President values his friendship and close partnership with Prime Minister Erdogan on a range of important issues on which the United States cooperates with Turkey,” she wrote.

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42 Responses to Turkish Officials Upset with President Obama’s Picture Holding the Baseball Bat

  1. kmad Reply

    August 6, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Really….? Are they that damn ignorant?

    • Amin Reply

      August 7, 2012 at 9:33 am

      No they are not ignorant. The American news media made insinuations that Pres Obama was following the quote of President Theodore Roosevelt, “speak softly, but carry a big stick.” They were implying that he was being aggressive in his conversation with the Turkish president. Remember the Zionists are angry with Turkish because of their strong stance against the cowardly act of the Israelis in killing 9 Turkish citizens who were part of the peace flotilla a few years ago. Pres Obama have always spoken about his close relatonship between himself and the Turkish president. The Zionist elements here and also in Turkey are trying to cause a division between them.

    • Cherry Reply

      August 7, 2012 at 11:48 pm

      I always heard and believe that the pen is mightier than the sword(Bat). All it takes is a signature with a pen. Stop being so petty.

  2. Laconie Jackson Reply

    August 6, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Come on! Really….? Are they that damn ignorant?

  3. Tina Reply

    August 6, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    This surely ranks as one of the dumbest stories reported in 2012. How does anyone know who he was on the phone with??? And how is holding a bat during a telephone conversation even newsworthy? Just plain old stupid!!!

  4. Leonard Jarvis Reply

    August 6, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Yes, they are that ignorant. The country is on the verge of a civil war and that’s where they are placing their attention. Note, the party who is behind these asinine statements-Republican Party. President Obama can’t get a break anywhere. You see one Republican, you have seen them all-racist and cantankerous.

  5. corbin56 Reply

    August 6, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    You have got to be kidding me. Goes to show that you cannot please everyone all of the time.

  6. Mocha Reply

    August 6, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Tell me the Turkish people are not serious? What in the hell is wrong with people? Anything to bring attention to themselves and try to bring negative attention to our president. Didn’t work! Won’t work!

  7. Thomas Reply

    August 6, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    It is so amazing in the world that everyone wants to be respected like they want to be respected. The problem is that it changes so much from day to day that no one, even with the best of intentions can succeed in doing so. So even if you honor one person or country, you wind up offending another. I know the President, like many of us, concede many things that make no sense to us from our perspective, but we do so in order that some balance of living together on this planet can be achieved. The strong do indeed bear the infirmity of the weak, not in the sense that they are weaklings , but in the sense that they have no vision to see that people are giving them respect to the extent of their capacity, but they have very little to give back. In doing so they breed conflict, whose maturity will be defined as everyones end. In what form, I have no knowledge, but an end will come, that I can guarantee.

  8. Davy de Verteuil Reply

    August 6, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    When the Ottoman ruled they never lift a finger despite their overwhelming power at the time, to stop particularly Arab slavery in Africa.Turkeys don’t like Africans. Now they side with the North Atlantic Tribe and Arab Muslim extremist in destroying a neighbouring country.

  9. Mad Max Reply

    August 6, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Sounds like something the teabaggers would get upset about.

    • rochesternative Reply

      August 6, 2012 at 11:35 pm

      As a TEA PARTIER I’d like to say, this is pure dumbness. Obviously, based on the body language of Obama there is no hostility intended. All I’d say is that the WH should be careful about pictures it releases to semi-crazy people in the Middle East. (Even though Turkey is our ally)

  10. Troy Reply

    August 6, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    This is asinine. How silly can people be. Just holding a bat and being relax while talking. This prime minister got to be smoking something to get something out of the picture. Grow up please.

  11. Elizabeth Reply

    August 6, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    They are looking for trouble where none exists. What a load of ridiculous crap. As though if he were feeling hostility he would be dumb enough to display it. As if holding a bat upside down like that means anything. If you keep digging deep enough you will eventually find something – even if it you completely misinterpret it to further whatever your own agenda may be.

  12. Elizabeth Reply

    August 6, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Send back our AID money if you feel that way and manage your own mess and leave us out of it.

    This is insane!

    • Angryman Reply

      August 7, 2012 at 1:22 pm

      How about that!!

  13. Onesilverbac Reply

    August 6, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Although we all want the President to be successful, this is not the 1st major error he has made. These type of mistakes make him look like an rookie, and susceptible to ridicule from the rest of the world.

    Some may think it’s a small thing, however he should have people on his staff that would inform him of the norms and mo res of different countries and cultures.

    Perhaps in his next term he will be ready for prime time, he has really stumbled through this first term.

    I know we all think he can do no wrong, but seriously if we use a critical eye in examining
    the 1st four at best he gets a C minus.

    • rochesternative Reply

      August 6, 2012 at 11:39 pm

      The reason he looks like a rookie is because he IS a rookie. And define “succeed”. Obama has done EXACTLY what he said he would do when he was running for office the first time. Next 4?…hopefully not. America can’t take much more.

    • edward cooped Reply

      August 7, 2012 at 12:50 am

      Enlighten us about the bát please….In this country is common for some of.us normal people to hold something in our hands while talking–So if the Turkish leader was talking to the president holding nothing in his–I am sure Americans wouldn’t give a good shxx–And just for entertainment purpose–could you enlighten us on all these other things the President did wrong to get a ‘ C’ from a great judge as your self–I sure you get the same information on your desk every morning that our president….

    • Mahari Mengistu Reply

      August 7, 2012 at 1:36 am

      I think you are a subversive.

    • Amin Reply

      August 7, 2012 at 9:36 am

      I don’t believe you know what you’re talking about. The president didn’t make any type of mistake. The news media has blown this all out of proportion.

    • Angryman Reply

      August 7, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      You’ve got to be kidding me? So if he were holding a golf club, then what? I can see if it were a face to face meeting, but a telephone conversation, SERIOUSLY!?

    • kookie Reply

      August 7, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      I am not understanding the problem. Why is he such a rookie? I think people are just trying to find something to say about this man. I wonder what would have been stated if he would have had his hat on backwards. There are so many people being dehumanized and devalued and these dudes are looking at him with the bat. What does him holding a bat mean? I think people are so jealous of this man.

  14. leh Reply

    August 6, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    How do we even know who he is talking to? I agree with Mad Max! A non issue!

  15. makheru bradley Reply

    August 6, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    The Turks should be more concerned with what happens when Syria disintegrates. If Syria’s Kurds gain autonomy Turkey will regret supporting the insurgency against Assad.

  16. Samdromeda Reply

    August 6, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    It is a clearly understandable move to demonstrate some level of integrity and bravado in a region that is asserting itself as an entity that brokers influence with the United States and Europe in influencing the formation of democracies in the middle east. Turkey was our allie in World War II and opened their borders for the United States to send supplies to Russia in the fight against Hitler. The President must avoid the very appearance of evil or the implication of “Or Else” as this can set up a nation for unintended regime change from within and change nations from allies to enemies.

  17. Toni Reply

    August 6, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    I do not agree with Onesilverbac. Where were you when Bushie Boy was in office??? This President has been ridiculed more than any other President. I remember when he was being interviewed and a fly landed on his slacks several times and he cupped his hand and thre him down. All of a sudded TV coverage of a dead fly became the news of the day…STUPIDITY…is what I call it. He is not a rookie, he is human being that is being looked at for breathing. All those who criticize him could not even do anything near what he does in his job. Most folk would have given up and thrown in the tile. People are so cruel. Let them President do his job and leave him alone.

  18. natalie turner Reply

    August 7, 2012 at 12:33 am

    a picture speak a thousand words. this visual is just wrong. either obama knows what he is doing and is trying to send a message, or he is just plain stupid. but he should not have disrespected turkey like that. his handlers are really pushing the button.

  19. Andrel Reply

    August 7, 2012 at 12:36 am

    STUPIDITY ABOUNDS!!

  20. Fig Newton Reply

    August 7, 2012 at 1:37 am

    Tell those Turkeys to leave our president alone, he has enough problems with the foolish haters here, he does not need their help.

    I guess they feel that President Obama will go up side their heads with a baseball bat. With all of the problems that they have going on, including death, they are going to act like a bunch of “B’s” over a man holding a bat. This shows how little character is left amongst man, not to mention immaturity and ignorance.

    This is the type of stuff that these fools will want to fight over so that they do not have to take care of their business. I do not think that too many folks want to go heads up with The Man – President Obama.

  21. Mahari Mengistu Reply

    August 7, 2012 at 1:40 am

    Too many black Americans tend to think that Arabs are non-racists. The truth is that they are incredibly racist. One poster said that their response reminded them of the Teabaggers. Well, I think that they likely have something in common with them. I don’t think I need to say what that is.

  22. BC Reply

    August 7, 2012 at 2:52 am

    1. This is really a non article about a non issue. The dumb comment came from a man opposed to the man President Obama was conversing with. The headline suggests that the current Turkish government opposes and is upset with President Obama for talking on the phone with a baseball bat in his hand. Overeagerness to use the word ‘Criticize’ in the same sentence with Obama?

    2. This poster with the ape name (silverback)and his or her overly critical cosigner Toni, with a ton of grammatical errors are obviously white racist trolls or hateful ignorance embodied in another hue.

    Thank God for elementary school teachers who taught Reading Comprehension.

  23. Gee Reply

    August 7, 2012 at 4:54 am

    The President needs to be more selective in his dispersion of photos. No one needed to know who he was talking to in collaboration with the photo…24 hour photo ops and bound to trigger someone’s ire. Is there an opening in Washington for someone with common sense?

  24. Thomas Reply

    August 7, 2012 at 9:35 am

    I guess the babified Turkish would like it better if PRESIDENT OBAMA was holding a baby pacifier.

  25. Amin Reply

    August 7, 2012 at 9:39 am

    The Zionist controlled media is the ones trying to make this an incident. President Obama have always spoken about the close relationship he has had with the Turkish president. The Jews in Turkey are the ones trying to make this an issue. Most Americans are not even aware of this.

  26. Amin Reply

    August 7, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Correction: I meant the Prime Minister of Turkey not the President. In many countries it’s the prime ministers that have the power not their presidents.

  27. Tiamette Reply

    August 7, 2012 at 10:05 am

    There is no common sense in dealing with those people. They choose to take offense at every opportunity. This was a stretch and it shows ignorance for Americans to say this was a mistake on the President’s part. You are siding with people who are ignorant and hateful and uses every opportunity to find fault. Screw them.

  28. erica Reply

    August 7, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    With cultural sensibilities as they are , someone in the administration should proof the pictures before having them sent out to avoid this sort of embarrassment for the president. It could be an inside job to undermine the president

  29. Dannyboy Reply

    August 7, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    The Turkish PM should get a life! Politicians tend to make a big deal out of everything!!

  30. johnny m Reply

    August 7, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Im not surprised. The only way they are going to change their ways, is if simebody wipes them out.
    The only good turk is a dead turk!

  31. Davchi Reply

    August 7, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Look turkeys of Turkey,Hank Aaron is the all-time home run king of baseball surpassing the great white Babe Ruth. Black Americans are proud of this achievement and it is an honor for President Obama to be holding onto a signed bat by Aaron.If you make a big whatever out of him holding the bat while he’s on the phone with your official then let me say this,get over it.What do you want him to be holding? A towel.

  32. Rev. George Brooks Reply

    August 10, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    You have to keep in mind that Obama takes all of his orders from the zionist Jews that are surrounding him in the White House. So the Turkish officials are most likely correct on this. Why the hell would the photo be released in the first place if there was not a real reason behind him holding the bat? And don’t be so naive to believe that he just happened to have it in his hand, when he made the call. Come on folks, we are dealing with sly, crooked anti-Jesus Jews here, who are running everything and everybody in the White House, including the president. And the Jews want the Turks to go over and beat up the Syrian officials. — Rev. George Brooks

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