In what just might be a poor career choice, the president of Anhui Xinhua University decided on Friday that he would throw his own military parade, inspecting his students while riding in an Audi convertible—like a boss.
The ceremony was part of the annual military education and training activities for new university students and featured 6,000 first-year students awaiting their ‘Dear Leader’ in formation by the track. As he gallantly rode by, he shouted “Hello, students!” and “Bring glory to Xinhua!” to the trainees (who must have been really impressed).
The whole thing probably seemed like a really good idea at the time, because afterwards, pictures were uploaded to the school’s website (they’re down now), and from there spread across the Chinese internet in a wave of sardonic glee. It’s the number one story on Tencent with more than 110,000 comments, and the top story on NetEase with nearly 200,000 view and 30,000 comments.
The president, speaking to Anhui News, said the Audi was just a time-saving measure and had nothing to do with his giant ego.
Normally military inspections are reserved for somewhat higher level officials, who are involved with the CCP and the military. Currently, national military parades are only held every ten years. Here are some photos to compare and contrast:
Seems like the university president has to work on his posture and balance. Leaning on the car is the sign of a weak leader. There’s always next year.
by Alex Linder
[Images via Tencent & Xinhua]