Turkish Politicians Angry At Photo Of Obama Holding Baseball Bat

Last week the White House released a photo of President Obama holding a baseball bat while on the phone with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. Some reporters and Turkish news agencies were wondering if there was any “symbolic meaning” to the gesture. Now several prominent Turkish politicians have come out and criticized the president for the casual-looking phone call.

The comments came from leaders in the opposition party in Turkey, and the White House was quick to explain the context of the photo.

“The photo reveals from whom our Prime Minister receives orders to rule the country,” Metin Lutfi Baydar, an opposition politician for Turkey’s Republican People’s Party (CHP) party, said in a statement.

Another CHP leader, party vice president Umut Oran, called the picture “an implicit insult to Turkey and its citizens” in Parliament, Reuters reports…

“We released the photo with only one purpose in mind, to highlight the President’s continuing close relationship with Prime Minister Erdogan and draw attention to the important conversation they had about the worsening situation in Syria,” Caitlin Hayden, a spokesperson for the White House, wrote in a statement released Friday.

h/t NY Daily News

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