I wonder how the president of an Islamic Republic can even think of hugging a woman who is not closely related to him. But Mr. Zardari even said he would hug her if his aide insisted (the aide had merely asked him to shake hands with her).
It reminded me of Condoleezza Rice being annoyed with former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz (just what did he do to annoy her was never made clear). But you must remember that Ms Palin could well be the next U.S. Vice President (and thus a heartbeat away from the White House itself). And although she once won a beauty contest, she’s reported to be very conservative (you have to be, if you want Republicans to vote for you).
We’ll have to wait a few says before the lady comments on Zardari’s gaffe. But if there’s one thing I know, it’s that I would never have said any such thing to a lady, even if I had ten billion dollars.