Let's not think too deeply about this. Kim Jong Un took a photo shoot on horseback.
The dictator in North Korea drove the white hut through snowy fields, jumping between dusty trees, pausing for great smiles – I smile at the camera on the horse. His state-run media reported Wednesday that his eyes were "full of noble glitter."
While Mr. Kim has no shortage of apparently posed propaganda photographs, "world leaders on horseback" have been a very special genre at least since the famous Vladimir Putin's bare-breasted entry in 2009. That doesn't come every day.
birthplace of the Koreans. The volcano that crosses the border with China and North Korea – the Chinese call it Changbaishan – is a central setting for North Korean propaganda, a place where soldiers go on pilgrimages to swear allegiance to their leader. North Korea insists that Mr Kim's father and predecessor, Kim Jong Il, was born in a wooden cabin there, despite proof that he was born elsewhere.
In the past, Mr. Kim visited Baekdu Mountain before making major decisions, which raised speculation that this recent hike could lead to a change in policy toward the United States. Attempts to resume negotiations on denuclearization between the two parties failed this month.
"As a witness to the great moments of his thinking on Mount Pectu, all his attendants were convinced with overwhelming emotion and joy that he would have a great operation to strike the world with a miracle again and to take a step forward in the Korean revolution." , reports the North Korean state news agency, which thus writes Baekdu.
Anyway, Mr. Kim is riding through the forest.
Although Mr. Kim has decided not to be full of Putin by keeping his torso covered with the park in the cold, he is part of some exclusive club of current world leaders who have been shot on horseback. (A much less magnificent photo of Mr. Kim's horse from 2012 suggests that he has grown into the role.)
This club includes Justin Trudeau from Canada, which you might guess. Yes, Boris Johnson, the British Prime Minister, is saddened. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan fell off a horse in 2003, but called for courage to return one to 14 years later. Other confirmed riders include Narendra Modi of India, Joko Vidodo of Indonesia and Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of Mexico.
To the best of our knowledge, President Trump has not been shot on a horse, although he has recently come close. Out of Democratic aspirations for president, Bernie Sanders has appeared on horseback in a 1987 video, and Tulsi Gabbard was shot on one for an August New York Times article.