First lady Michelle Obama was expected to make headlines in Europe with her style and flair as she accompanied her husband to the Group of 20 summit, but it was a simple gesture that has set off a media frenzy.
While meeting Britain's Queen Elizabeth II in London on Wednesday, the two women briefly embraced -- not your typical scene at Buckingham Palace.
The British media called it everything from a breach of protocol to an extraordinary show of affection from the queen.
Actually, Time magazine stated, The Queen and Mrs. Obama: A Breach in Protocol with a good number of the British papers reporting the media hullabaloo not coming from them but from the United States. This Times Online story as an example:
When Michelle Obama put her arm round the Queen at Buckingham Palace, some of the more excitable elements of the media - particularly the Americans - suggested she may have been guilty of a breach of protocol.
My initial thought? Are you kidding me? Don't we have more important issues to obsess over?
As a well established member of the hugging philosophy, while I realize protocol would not make it acceptable for me to hug the Queen, I think it's silly that there are time lapse type photographs out there to demonstrate who touched who first and how many seconds later Michelle Obama still kept her hand on the Queen's back after the Queen removed her hand from Michelle Obama's back.