Turkish leader says Obama always respectful

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Posted: Aug 05, 2012 1:27 PM
Turkish leader says Obama always respectful

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's prime minister has dismissed opposition criticism of a White House photo showing President Barack Obama holding a baseball bat during a telephone conversation with the leader.

Turkish opposition groups this week picked apart the photo, claiming the picture was disrespectful.

Erdogan told Turkey's A Haber news channel on Sunday that Obama is "a friend who never falls short of respect or politeness."

The White House issued a brief statement to the Anadolu news agency Friday saying it released the picture to emphasize the close relationship between the two leaders.