China Claims Their First Lady Is Better Than Michelle Obama
We beg to differ China!!
According to Business Insider:
It was the eagerly awaited meeting of the world’s two most important first ladies. But there was a clear winner when Michelle Obama met her counterpart Peng Liyuan for the first time in Beijing. As photographs and television footage began to emerge of Mrs Peng and Mrs Obama touring the Chinese capital, the country’s online forums were quick to claim victory in the “battle of the First Ladies”.
“Our First Lady is so graceful and elegant, leaving Michelle far behind,” said one critic. “We have won this time,” remarked another. “Ours is more refined and eye-catching,” said a third.
There was praise for Mrs Peng’s belted trouser suit, with flashes of crimson at her neckline to match her red earrings and clutch, but some questioned whether her high heels were sensible enough for the cobbles of the Forbidden City. But without them, Mrs Obama would have towered over her. Mrs Obama’s trip represents a new approach in Washington’s efforts to charm Beijing: a first ladies’ club.
Partly it was a slightly stiff apology for the snub last year when Mrs Obama failed to show up for a meeting at Sunnylands, California, between Xi Jinping, Mrs Peng and her husband.
At other moments, it was more like a family holiday dressed as a diplomatic mission. One photograph, a holiday snap to treasure, showed Mrs Obama, her teenage daughters and her 76-year-old mother surrounding Mrs Peng, their tour guide to the Forbidden City.
For China it was also an experiment. No politician’s wife has ever hosted a visiting dignitary. While Mrs Peng has won praise for her presence by Mr Xi’s side on his overseas trips, she does not have a high political profile at home. China remains unsure about the role of the First Lady. The country is supposed to be led by a consensus of politicians, and it is nervous about the wives of its leaders.
“The last high profile politician’s wife we had was Madame Mao,” remarked one local government official ahead of Mrs Obama’s visit. “And that did not turn out so well.” Jiang Qing, Chairman Mao’s fourth wife, was sentenced to death for her crimes during the Cultural Revolution.
Both Mrs Obama and Mrs Peng steered well away from politics, and indeed barely spoke during their tour of the school, according to the reporters present.
“The US finds it hard to accept the Communism and nationalism of China, but can easily accept Chinese food, calligraphy and other culture,” said Shen Dingli, the head of the US Research Centre at Fudan university. “So after they have spent time together, eaten together and watched a show together, they will feel closer together and that may help the political process,” he said.
Interesting. We’re sorry but Peng ain’t got nothing on Chelly-O!!