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Obama in India: Dance, dance revolution

By Melissa Bell
Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama dances with underprivileged children enrolled in the Make a Difference academic program in Mumbai. (Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)

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.

Bill Clinton only danced once.

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.

By Melissa Bell  | November 8, 2010; 12:25 PM ET
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Comments

This is awesome! We could all use some feel good news these days and this fits the bill. I certainly can't see any of the other past US presidents breaking out like this - what a breath of fresh air! Not to mention also great politics to learn and embrace the culture of other nations, to give them the same respect that we all seek in the global community, the respect of understanding our neighbors.

Posted by: WesternNomad | November 8, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see first lady and US president having a nice time with children in a completely informal way without any trace of untouchability that our own (Indian) leaders show when interacting with common man or just coming across masses in general. So, it is really more than just power that goes into world's strongest democracy that makes it so special. Maybe these are very little ways one should be concerned about but it really reflects on one's (leaders) state of mind that what really they think of common fellows deep inside their hearts.

Posted by: Coolbuddy | November 8, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Despite Obama's lying to the American public, no sales deals to India have been signed or will be signed because of what I have said below:-

I am India's expert in strategic defence and the father of India's strategic program including the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program. In my blog titled 'Nuclear Supremacy For India Over U.S.' which can be found by a Yahoo search with the title I wrote: The refusal by pieces of filth such as Advani to recognise the United States as India's number one enemy is sustained by thousands of C.I.A.-RAW-inspired headlines in India's media such as "Indian-American becomes Governor of Louisiana" which should instead say "Indian rewarded for conversion to Christianity with governorship: As reward for conversion to Christianity at age 18, as Americans themselves admit and his numerous published essays and articles on his conversion, Indian made Secretary of Louisiana's Health and Hospitals at age 24, President of the University of Louisiana system at age 27, then Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services in Bush Administration, then member of U.S. Congress and now youngest Governor in U.S. at age 36" (
Bobby Jindal: The Story They Don’t Want You to Read CenLamar: On Life in Louisiana ). Even more important are the thousands of headlines that are missing from India's media, thanks to C.I.A.-RAW, the story they really don't want anyone to know, saying "India's greatest scientist and greatest living Indian publicly tortured in Harvard seminar, systematically and totally starved for up to 3 weeks at a time, made semi-starved and homeless and even blind for years, kept under 24-hour audio and video surveillance as well as surveillance of communications and electrical typewriter and computer use, document creation and photocopying, etc., by satellite for more than past 3 decades, systematically harassed and in poverty and neutralised and robbed of his work at the cost of hundreds of millions of dollars per year, robbed of crores in his money and property in India by C.I.A.-RAW, forced back into exile in the U.S., all with full cooperation and participation of India's RAW and India's C.I.A.-RAW-controlled prime ministers, politicians and media -- to keep India poor, weak and enslaved: The most intelligent, most handsome man on Earth, a living Incarnation, plans nuclear supremacy for India in near future, to destroy India's number one enemy, the United States, with ten thousand nuclear-armed missiles and will machine gun and bulldoze into trenches all traitors who stand in the way." Since then I have said they will be destroyed in the nuclear destruction of New Delhi; see my blog. This includes njgger-shjt media people who give greater coverage to the president of India's number one enemy country than to the greatest living Indian.
My blog above answers all questions. The author's biography can be found in Marquis' Who's Who in the World (2010 and earlier editions). Satish Chandra

Posted by: SatishChandra | November 9, 2010 12:21 AM | Report abuse

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