President Obama today issued a press statement saying that he would only meet his security team during his three day India visit.
“My security team, after accessing the situation, has advised me not to meet anyone, during my India visit. I know that this will come as a disappointment to many who were eagerly waiting for this trip, and the my meetings with Indian leaders. However, I am, first and foremost, an American president, and will have to think of the American interests first. And there is no doubt in my mind that America needs me, more than ever”
The brief statement has triggered a wave of reactions from Indian politicians, business leaders, men on the street, and the strong Indian Blogosphere.
“It’s unfortunate”, said Indian Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh. “I had canceled my meeting with Shrimati Soniaji, for this meeting, after consulting with her. She was very understanding, as always, and had given me a clear go ahead for the meeting”
Top Indian bloggers are insisting that this is just a ploy by President Obama to avoid uncomfortable questions about his policies, which are perceived to be anti-Indian, and also the recent debacle in US for the Democrats.
It’s not clear what Mr. President will do now, on his India trip. His security team has managed to get a clearance to meet him, however, no other person, including India’s top political leaders, and President Madam Patil, have been able to secure a clearance.
“It’s an insult to India”, insisted a television news anchor. “Even Indian news channels are being denied a meeting with the US president”