Obama in India: Dance, dance revolution
Argue if you will, but my theory: No country likes to dance quite like India.
You may disagree: What about Cuba and the Mambo Kings? Or Argentina and tango? The great dance traditions across Africa?
No, no. India trumps them all. It has the population count, the multi-millennial traditions and an entire movie industry that hinges on song-and-dance routines. India wins in dance-love. Weddings are marked by dancing in the street. Parties do not end without impromptu singing and dancing.
So, of course, Michelle Obama has won over the country. Not only did she dance freely and openly, she danced well and she danced often. Two days in a row.
She also got her husband in on the act, shaming him with her free-wheeling moves until Indian boys pulled him onto the floor.
As Sarah Kaufman wrote in The Post about another dancing couple, "Good dancing transfers energy and emotion to its audience."
For a brief, joyous moment, all concerns about fraught international relationships, security fears, job markets and midterm elections could be put aside.
India loves a good dance, and it's hard not to see why.
| November 8, 2010; 12:25 PM ET
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