Having been bottled up for a week by the Japanese and Chinese, the Prez — in this otherwise tongue-in-cheek Korean Taekwon-Do photo-op — offers himself as powerful action figure (see Myung-bak’s hand) about to re-ingage in the homeland political martial arts.
(photo: Newscom/Yonhap via TPM. November 19, 2009. TPM caption: President Obama shows off his Taekwondo skills as South Korean President Lee Myung-bak looks on. The President was given an honorary Taekwondo belt by the South Korean government to mark his first visit to the country. Obama visted in South Korea as part of an 8-day trip to Asia.)