|Seoul Korea Blue House (Cheongwadae) Reception Center|
Monday, April 22, 2013
DISRESPECTFUL Bill Gates? Casual style raises eyebrows in S. Korea.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates casual style was the subject of criticism in some South Korean media Tuesday after he shook hands with South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, with one hand in his pocket. The picture above taken April 22, 2013 shows President Geun-hye (L) shaking hands with Bill Gates before their meeting at the presidential Blue House in Seoul. The picture of the meet-and-greet between Gates and Park on April 23 was splashed on the front page of every national daily, some of which cropped out the offending pocketed hand while most chose to highlight it.
Gates was in South Korea as chairman of the nuclear start-up TerraPower, promoting its project to develop a next-generation nuclear reactor. Park, meanwhile, was seeking the Microsoft founder’s advice on her plans to build a “creative economy” that moves beyond South Korea’s traditional manufacturing base.
While the presidential Blue House declined to comment, social networking sites were clogged with opinion on this "issue". You be the judge.....