U.S. President Barack Obama started his second day in India on a lighter note: pulling a few dance moves and celebrating a major religious festival with local students.
Obama and first lady Michelle Obama spent Sunday morning at a local school, where students were celebrating Diwali. Youngsters performed dances in colorful saris to mark the festival of lights. The president bobbed his head to the music and clapped.
Young girls danced with baskets on their heads as the room erupted in cheers.
At one point, students pulled the first lady on stage and taught her how to twirl.
“Notice they didn’t ask me,” the president said.
Students later extended the offer to the president, who joined them and towered over the youngsters as he danced.
When many Americans are seeing their jobs disappearing to a lower standard of living labor force in India and Asia, I don’t the vision of our President dancing on a taxpayer funded junket can really be viewed as appropriate.
The President and the lame duck Congress should get immediately to work on some fair-trade agreements which were started under the Bush Administration to increase the exports of our American goods and services.
And, re-evaluate immigration visa policies that allow American companies to import college educated foreigners so as to save the expense of hiring Americans who will command higher salaries and benefits.
A re-evaluation of illegal immigration and its impact on flooding America with under-educated, lower cost workers which displace Americans is also long overdue. The federal government can start with tough employer sanctions, particularly in California agriculture and Midwestern meat packing.
So, Mr. President dance around these issues.
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