It gets worse: Obama, others offered condolences to Erdogan over his mother's deathIn the post below this one, I reported that Mitt Romney had offered condolences to Prime Minister Netanyahu over the death of Netanyahu's father on Monday, but that President Obama has not.
Some of you may think that Romney went above and beyond and that it's no big deal that Obama hasn't said anything. If that includes you, please consider what happened when the mother of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan passed away in October 2011.
On Friday Erdoğan lost his 88-year-old mother, who died at an İstanbul hospital where she was hospitalized last week. Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou called Erdoğan to express his sorrow to the prime minister, Prime Ministry sources said according to the state-run Anatolia news agency.Maybe it's because Erdogan's mother was so much younger or something.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Iraqi Vice President Tariq Hashemi, leader of the northern Iraqi Kurdish region Massoud Barzani and Yemeni Ambassador to Turkey Abdulkavi al-Aryani also called Erdoğan to pay their respects.
The state-run Anatolia agency said US President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Syrian President Bashar Assad are among leaders to have expressed condolences.