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Helle ‘Gucci’ attends Mandela Memorial

The entire world attended the memorial service for Nelson Mandela — the man of integrity, willpower, sagacity and forbearance. We, some of us were fortunate to meet and exchange a few words with the man who later became president and chose to remain in power for one term only unlike us who are bestowed with leaders who have to be forced out through revolutions and thrust the country into the hands of fundamentalists. With a smile on his face, Mandela was always a humble and intelligent human being. His quiet words were full of wisdom and integrity. We pray to Allah to have mercy on him in contradiction with the beliefs of ‘some’. We pray to Allah to bless the world with more people like Mandela.

During the memorial service for the late freedom fighter Nelson Mandela, which was attended by millions of people from all over the world and watched live on television and on the Internet, many bizarre events went viral faster than the flu epidemic.  One of the bizarre events was the ‘infamous’ photo of Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, who is dubbed ‘Helle Gucci’ by the Danes, due to her taste for designer clothes and stylish appearance (according to them she qualifies for a model and not prime minister). The photo which was taken by an AFP photojournalist Roberto Schmidt, said he took it spontaneously unmindful of the impact it may have.

The photo (selfie) accused Michelle Obama of jealousy but according to ‘Helle Gucci’, pictures lie since “a few seconds earlier the First Lady Michelle Obama was herself joking with those around her.” Even Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron who is seen in the picture with Obama and Schmidt was not spared of ridicule by the British House of Commons.  British lawmaker Martin Horwood in a parliamentary query asked if the Premier had time to discuss how to use roaming smart phone with one of the European prime ministers over the past few days — in clear reference to the selfie with the Danish Prime Minister, Cameron said, “In my defense, I would say Nelson Mandela played an extraordinary role in his life and in his death to bring people together and undoubtedly if Schmidt asked to take a picture with me, my answer will be yes.”

The White House did not comment on the uproar made by the photo but published a picture of Michelle smiling to cast away notions of jealousy. We, men, are happy about this uproar. These photos reveal to us that, men, in spite of their positions, have hearts which always yearn for beauty. We tell President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron, “Don’t pay attention to those who are not fascinated by ‘Helle Gucci’ because all of us are.”

By Ali Ahmed Al-Baghli
Former Minister of Oil


By: Ali Ahmed Al-Baghli

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