10 Situations When World Leaders Didn’t Care About Formalities and Breach of Protocol
Politicians at various status levels have cameras pointed at them all the time, and almost everyone talks about their actions: from political scientists to housewives. It’s very hard to always follow the rules of formal etiquette and diplomatic protocol under this type of pressure. There are a lot of peculiar instances caught on camera of well-known and respected world leaders making mistakes or strange choices. In all fairness, some of them break the rules intentionally.
Bright Side gathered 10 puzzling situations for you showing politicians who didn’t care about a breach of protocol.
Rain Man Obama
Barack Obama rarely followed formal etiquette rules and quite often found himself in awkward situations. For example, in 2012 in the midst of his electoral campaign, he visited a town in Virginia. Despite the rapid weather changes, Obama refused to reschedule an appearance. He spoke to an audience in the pouring rain in just a buttondown shirt and no raincoat. He didn’t even use an umbrella. As a result, the soaking wet candidate amazed not only the audience, but the press too.
Young Prince and a trendy dance
11-year-old Prince Sverre Magnus of Norway broke protocol during a ceremony in honor of King Harald and Queen Sonja’s 80th birthdays in Oslo. He did a short dance move and made faces during a public ceremony. The press and social media picked up the footage. The whole scene was actually kind of cute and no one even thought about punishing him.
Donald Trump and his phone
After his victory in the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump shared his phone number with several world leaders telling them that they could call him directly. The press immediately reacted, pointing out that it breaks diplomatic protocol. They worried that direct phone calls would interfere the security and secrecy of the US president’s communications.
Putin being a gentleman
During the APEC summit in China, Vladimir Putin helped General Secretary Xi Jinping’s wife, Peng Liyuan. This gentlemanly behavior created a small scandal in China. If a man comes too close to a woman, it’s considered a breach of protocol. Nevertheless, the press and many people on social media appreciated his gesture.
Michelle Obama and Queen Elizabeth
A minor incident happened when Michelle Obama met with Queen Elizabeth. The US President’s wife innocently hugged the Queen and provoked a lot of disapproval in English society. According to the protocol of greeting a member of the Royal Family, it’s forbidden to touch the Queen without her prior consent. However, this didn’t upset the Queen, in fact she actually hugged Michelle in response.
George W. Bush and the Air Force Academy
In 2008 George W. Bush, a former President of the United States, delivered the commencement address for the Air Force Academy in Colorado. He didn’t just congratulate the graduates, but found a personal approach to each of them: he exchanged informal greetings, talked on the phone with their relatives, sent air-kisses, signed their caps, and even kissed a female graduate.
Prime Minister of India and signs of respect
In early 2018 Benjamin Netanyahu, The Prime Minister of Israel, came to India on an official visit. According to diplomatic protocol the Minister for Foreign Affairs should have met him at the airport, but in actuality Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, honored the guest and met him. Needless to say, it was a high-level visit.
Who saved the Queen?
A little scandal happened during the meeting of David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Queen Elizabeth in London. As the foreign politician and the Queen were walking down the stairs, Johnston gently offered support under the Queen’s elbow to make sure she didn’t fall. Of course, the press ruthlessly pointed out the incident, reminding us that no one is allowed to touch her. Johnston didn’t get angry and simply explained that if it wasn’t for his support, the Queen could’ve fallen down. So, to heck with the protocol!
Prince Harry and his feelings
The British Royal Family always attracts a lot of attention. Even several months before their wedding in May 2018, Prince Harry and Megan Markle are followed by paparazzi everywhere. Recently the press was outraged about the fact that the couple was holding hands in public. The Royal etiquette doesn’t approve of this type of public affectionate behavior before marriage. Harry doesn’t seem to be bothered about it and, as it turns out, this rule isn’t officially recorded, so the couple can continue this sweet gesture whenever they wish.
Prince Harry’s hugs
Prince Harry is one of the most friendly members of the Royal Family. Google it, if you don’t believe us. It’s possible that not even a week goes by without him hugging people and admirers in Australia, Yorkshire, and Canada.
Bonus: Justin Trudeau’s socks
Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, is one of the brightest politicians of our modern time. His fashion sense deserves special attention: he loves combining sharp suits and shoes with different funny socks.
What do you think about the strict rules of diplomatic or royal protocol? Share your opinion with us in the comments.
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