Obama’s “pinkie promise” diplomacy
President Barack Obama, the newest Nobel Peace laureate, turned on his diplomatic skills in New Orleans Thursday and won a verbal agreement from what can be a tough crowd for any adult.
On his first presidential trip to New Orleans, the city devastated by Hurricane Katrina, Obama told students that the most important thing they could do is work hard in school and there was no reason why they can’t be doctors, lawyers, senators or even president of the United States.
“I want a promise from every single one of you that you guys are going to work hard in school each and every day,” Obama said.
“You give me a pinkie promise?” he asked.
“Yes,” was the reply.
Maybe that’s what’s been missing in dealing with leaders of the former “axis of evil” — no one’s asked them for a pinkie swear.
Photo credit: Reuters Kevin Lamarque (Obama shakes hands with students at New Orleans school)