No class! No class!
Obama puts his shoes up on the Resolute Desk as he speaks by phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu June 8, 2009 [Official White House Photograph]
In the Middle East, it's deemed offensive to show the soles of one's shows to a person and the fact that this is an official White House photograph, not a candid press shot, was thought to be a sign of disrespect.
As Don Surber points out, the Israelis have a lot more to worry about from Obama than just this photograph. Obama appears ready to toss them under the bus as he cozies up to the crazies in Iran and elsewhere.
The bigger issue for me is Obama's attitude towards the office of President, which he shows in the Oval Office by putting his shoes up on the Resolute Desk, a certified museum piece and part of the history we share with Great Britain.
A brief history of the desk is here. In short, it was made from timbers of a British ship that Americans rescued in the Arctic and refitted as a gift to Queen Victoria. When the ship was decommissioned the desk was made and presented as a gift to the President of the United States by Queen Victoria in 1888.
In it's early years the desk was used in the President's study upstairs in the residence. President John F. Kennedy first placed the desk in the Oval Office in 1962. It was there that the famous photo was taken of young "John John" Kennedy playing under the desk while his father worked. It's the same desk upon which outgoing President George W. Bush left a simple note to the incoming President Obama addressed simply to "44."
More photos here.
The desk is a priceless historical relic. This may be the first time any President ever used the desk as a footstool, let alone permitted himself to be photographed doing so.
Perhaps the big money types that run today's Democrat Party could do us all a favor and buy Obama a replica to use for about $10,000.
Meanwhile, a photoshop image that has been making the rounds expresses how many view Obama's foreign policy outlook: