Saturday, November 06, 2010

A journalist questions Mr Gandhi....

Mumbai, India (CNN) -- For a man who used to hang a framed picture of Mohandas K. Gandhi in his Senate office, President Obama declared that checking out a museum honoring the Indian independence hero's legacy was "pretty cool" Saturday.
Shortly after landing here for his first stop on a 10-day tour of Asia, the president and first lady Michelle Obama quickly headed over to this city's Gandhi Museum, a three-story home where Gandhi stayed when he was in Mumbai. It's now full of historic photos and posters as well as a library with about 50,000 Gandhi-related works.
The president spent several minutes in the library, which has Gandhi quotations on the walls, such as, "Freedom is like a birth." 

(The President apparently did not see, nor comment on this quotation:)

Journalist:
"Mr. Gandhi, what is your thinking on Western Civilization?"

Mr. Gandhi:

"I think it would be a good idea."

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