Image 1 of 15: We know we all smoke in the Middle East but we expect a dignitary and leader in the public eye to do so more discreetly
Image 1 of 15: Needing his fellow Arab leaders to prop him up: Qaddafi using Ali Abdullah Saleh and Mubarak as crutches. But now that they're falling, if not fallen, we doubt they can keep him standing.
Image 1 of 15: Another protocol botch: Holding his hands the incorrect wrong way round for Muslim prayer (should be right over left as the row of men behind demonstrate correctly)
Image 1 of 15: Eccentric and outlandish in his attire-- military fatigues blazoned in brooches and badges of honor with gaudy tassels. Likes to be off the wall as Wacko Jacko!
Image 1 of 15: Qaddafi the converter of Italian Bellas: A host of 500 women plus, summoned by Qaddafi on his recent visit to Italy, and duly handed Koran's complete with a conversion lecture.
Image 1 of 15: Bestower of Kisses. Demonstrating that exaggerated public image we've come to expect, not towing the line of public propriety.
Image 1 of 15: Ever theatrical: A member of the audience at a poetry recital, he demands attention with this his sprig of vegetation baton- as- prop.
Image 1 of 15: Flamboyant outfits to match the political mood or fancy: Here he sports a tye-dyed Africa mapped shirt reminding us that he is a proud Head of the African Union.
Image 1 of 15: "King of Kings" - a title bestowed on him by the African heads of states and traditional rulers 2008.
Image 1 of 15: Proud enough to stamp his clownish image on his national exchange. The Qaddafi bill of choice!
Image 1 of 15: Proudly bearing his African 'kingdom's' heroes for all to get a closer look at. Leader of the African Union sports the ultimate Africa pride golden shirt marked in maps of the continent and faces of the Great Africans.
Image 1 of 15: In ornate fancy costume for each state occasion.
Image 1 of 15: Brandishing yet another exorbitant hat for the occasion.
Image 1 of 15: Never a dull moment, nor a dull color! Often captured with air punches or kisses or waves and pantomime gesticulation.
Image 1 of 15: Brazenly sports this self-fashioned badge of Omar Mukhtar national hero who died resisting Italian rule of Libya ( on a visit to Berlusconi's Italy no less)
We had Bushisms from a leader who didn't mind embarassing his country and himself.
Now we bring you Qaddafisms from another shameless man who has had his share of (circus) moments of clowning around in the public arena and in the courts of propreity and protocol.
This man has flouted all the rules of decorum unabashedly, and has made some blooper lines of his own on the scale of Bush, that bring more than his IQ into question, but the need to bring his sanity into check !
We bring to you from our records:
1- Women have rights to stand in elections: whether they be male or female
2- O People...If there was no electricity, we'd be sitting down and watching TV in the dark!!
3- I am not a dictator to close facebook... But I will be arresting anyone who enters it!
4- Demonstrate all you want, but do not go to the streets and squares!!
5- Honoring one's parents is more important than obedience to your mother and your father
6- Democracy means demo 'chairs' (In Arabic 'cracy' sounds like the word for chairs plural 'Kraasee')