That awkward moment Obama completely ignores Iraqi Prime Minister Abadi

Published June 9th, 2015 - 08:36 GMT
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi sat down next to Obama and waited for his attention; he never got it. (AFP/File)
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi sat down next to Obama and waited for his attention; he never got it. (AFP/File)

Meetings with world leaders at Germany's G7 Summit are probably awkward enough without having to deal with the press catching you with your back turned to the Iraqi prime minister.

In this video US President Barack Obama is too busy with Italian Prime Minister Mario Renzi and IMF President Christine Lagarde to notice Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi had sat down next to him. 

Obama continues to completely ignore Iraq's leader as he takes photos with Renzi and Abadi loses patience. He and his translator stand off to the side, waiting for his attention, until they give up and walk away. 

CBS' interpretation may have been a little overreactive — the anchors emphasize "strains" in the relationship between the two and point toward its video as proof. It's a little difficult to tell whether Obama is blatantly snubbing him. 

But it's still pretty cringe-worthy; we can sympathize with Abadi, we've all had our turn as that kid at the party.


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