According to ABC 6, President Barack Obama is trending online as a hot topic while staying in Beijing for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum.
The live China television coverage of the APEC event showed Obama emerging from his car, noticeably chewing gum.
Some locals took offense to his gum chewing at a serious event, saying the president looked like an impolite “idler,” or careless “rapper.”
Yin Hong, a professor of journalism at Beijing’s Tsinghua University, took to the Twitter-like micro-blog service in China to express his disgust for the president’s entrance.
“We made this meeting so luxurious, with singing and dancing, but see Obama, stepping out of his car chewing gum like an idler,” wrote Hong.
Others took issue with Obama’s decision to take a state department vehicle to the event instead of using the local limousine service, Red Flag, many other world leaders used.
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