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Did Obama Purposely Ignore the Iraqi Prime Minister in Germany?

On Tuesday President Obama delivered a speech at the G-7 Summit in Germany. Afterwards, during a time when the assembled politicians and media were mingling about relaxing outdoors in the sun, he took time to speak to some of the other G-7 guests. Cameras caught the president sitting on a bench having a discussion with Italy’s Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, and the Director of the IMF, Christine Lagarde, when the Prime Miniser of Iraq, Hayder al-Abadi, approached, hoping to have a word with President Obama.

That’s when things get embarrassing.

President Obama completely ignores the Iraqi Prime Minister and continues his conversation with Renzi and Lagarde without ever acknowledging that Abadi was there. I don’t know that President Obama did it on purpose, but it hardly seems possible that he could be oblivious to Abadi’s presence that entire time.


Watch and see if you agree.



CBS News noticed the same awkward moment among the world leaders.


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Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Romulus Marketing. He's also the managing editor at, and the managing partner at You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.

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