I'll Bet Condi Never Heard This Line

An odd interaction between President Zardari of Pakistan and Governor Sarah Palin brought a blush to many cheeks between cultures:

“I am honored to meet you,” Ms. Palin said.

“You are even more gorgeous than you are on the ...,” Mr. Zardari said.

“You are so nice,” Ms. Palin replied. “Thank you.”

“Now I know why the whole of America is crazy about you,” Mr. Zardari continued.

An aide tells the two to shake hands.

“I’m supposed to pose again,” Ms. Palin said.

“If he’s insisting,” Mr. Zardari said, “I might hug.”

And the title of this post has nothing to do with my opinion of Condi Rice's appearance vs. Sarah Palin's -- it's an attempt to poke fun at the ways South Asian cultures have traditionally viewed "fair" skinned folks as more attractive.

Source: SAJA Forum


TadMack said…
Oh, dear.
Karen said…
Actually something like this did happen to Ms. Rice. I had to go refresh my memory.
Gaddafi said this a couple weeks ago.
"I support my darling black African woman. I admire and am very proud of the way she leans back and gives orders to Arab leaders. She beckons to the Arab foreign ministers, and they come to her, either in groups or individually. Leezza, Leezza, Leezza, I love her very much,"
There are probably more things out there but this was all I could find quickly.
I think it has a lot to do with them being women and powerful women at that.
Here is where I cut and pasted the quote from