That Tif is a Fool is already a well known fact (if you don’t know, read this).

So it was hardly surprising when he embarrassed the country again by Twitting “eh kena deh” (the Indonesian equivalent to Yeech! in English) shortly after he shook the hand of US First Lady Michelle Obama.

Television footage showed him heartily and obsequiously shaking her hand.

Tiffie, however, was to protesteth too much on Twitter, his instrument of torture for the rest of us, saying (and quoted in the Washington Post): “I tried to prevent (being touched) with my hands but Mrs. Michelle held her hands too far toward me (so) we touched,” Information Minister Tifatul Sembiring told tens of thousands of followers on Twitter.

Well, what do you expect? As that sage of the human condition, Forrest Gump, would have put it: “Stupid is as stupid does.” When you put a Fool in the greeting lineup for a state guest the Fool will always act the Fool. The question that needs to be asked is what tomfoolery has prevented the President from firing Tif the Fool long ago, so that he would not grow up to be a national embarrassment as he has today.

In one fell stroke, he’s stolen the thunder from Obama and SBY, at least for the Twitterati of Indonesia.

Tif is not the only fool surrounding President SBY though. There are other fools about, namely the one who double-booked two heads of state, the Austrian and the American, for a visit on the same day. Haven’t these people ever heard of Outlook Calendars or even diaries?

There are also other fools lurking at the Istana, namely the ones that stuffed up with the translation headsets for the speech by the Austrian President and SBY. The result is that SBY looked foolish having to repeat hi speech several times because the headset for the Austrian president refused to work. The Austrian President looked hapless as he got no love and translation from his faulty headset.

All his leads one to ask the all important question: why is President SBY surrounded by so many fools and dunces? Is there a conspiracy against him? Is it a plot by jealous rival politicians? Is the CIA behind all this? Is SBY simply a magnet for this sort of people? Is he too nice to sack the fools surrounding him, assuming, of course, that he recognizes them as fools?

Unspun is full of fool questions tonight. Does anyone have an answer?