Obama chews gum at R-Day parade, gets social media talking

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 27, 2015 01:09 IST

It was an ungainly sight caught by television cameras and beamed across the world.

US president Barack Obama, while he was chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations on Monday, openly removed the piece of gum he was chewing, and a second later popped it right back in. This happened while Prime Minister Narendra Modi was trying to explain something to him.

This created a storm on social media, with many users slamming him for chewing gum during a formal ceremony.

Others had a lighter take on the sticky issue.

Obama is known to chew Nicorette to fight cigarette cravings, and has even in the past landed in controversies for doing so at formal functions.

In November, he was spotted smacking gum as he chatted with British Prime Minister David Cameron at the first plenary session of the G20 summit in Brisbane.

But while the Australians and the British took it sportingly, the Chinese never forgave him for doing the same thing at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Beijing a few days earlier.

Chinese bloggers said the US president looked like "an idler" or a "rapper" when he arrived at the grand event.

Watch | Spotted: Obama chewing gum during R-Day parade

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