I’m an India-phile. I’ve been there three times; the last trip was a four-month long SIT Study Abroad program during my junior year of college. Cultural immersion is a beautiful thing. I remember a particular trip we took to a village north of Udaipur where, after spending a day with a group of children, we spent an evening learning some super sweet Indian dance moves as a part of a cultural exchange night. After teaching us some of their dance moves, the children asked us to teach them some of our dance moves. I’ll never forget when my friend C (we met on the plane from LAX to New Delhi and she is still one of my best friends, 15 years later) jumped up, started singing “Beat It” and dancing wildly. It was awesome. The kids loved it. Hell, I loved it. Sitting in a remote village a thousand miles a way from home watching her sing “Beat It” while the kids all giggled? Those are moments one never forgets.
So I was pleased to see that Michelle Obama seems to have had a similar experience during the Obamas’ eleventy million dollar a day trip to India; she visited the University of Mumbai and spent some time playing hopscotch and dancing with 33 disadvantaged students from an Indian charity called Make a Difference:
Do yourself a favor and don’t read the comment section. People are asshats.
And just for fun, here’s the video from Bush’s trip to Africa. As much as I loathed Bush, I remember thinking that this clip showed him having fun and being decidedly non-Hitlerian, even though he was… oh never mind: