enthusiast of Muslim culture, Obama surely knows there is
no greater insult in the Middle East than pointing the soles of
one's shoes at another person.
And if youíre wondering, yes, the desk you see him with his dirty
shoes on is the historic "Resolute
Desk," made from the timbers of the British Frigate HMS Resolute
and given as a gift to the United States by Queen Victoria in 1856.
Itís been used by many presidents, including Franklin D. Roosevelt
and every chief executive since Jimmy Carter, but it is perhaps best
known for this: