Minister Claims Reluctant Handshake

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First lady Michelle Obama waves as she arrives for a gathering at the Pentagon, Friday, April 9, 2010, where she visited the Pentagon and thanked the military personnel and civilian employees serving at the Defense Department. (Credit: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

First lady Michelle Obama waves as she arrives for a gathering at the Pentagon, Friday, April 9, 2010, where she visited the Pentagon and thanked the military personnel and civilian employees serving at the Defense Department. (Credit: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

A conservative Muslim government minister admits he shook hands with first lady Michelle Obama in welcoming her to Indonesia but says it wasn’t his choice. Footage on YouTube shows otherwise, sparking a debate that has lit the blogosphere.

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