Why does Obama (against all past traditions) bow to foreign leaders?

Earlier the Obama administration denied bowing to the Saudi King, despite what the pictures showed.

"It wasn't a bow. He grasped his hand with two hands, and he's taller than King Abdullah," said an Obama aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. . . .

But this is something that he is doing consistently and it indicates that he is bowing to selected foreign leaders. As the LA Times notes:

This photo will get Democrat President Obama a lot of approving nods in Japan this weekend, especially among the older generation of Japanese who still pay attention to the royal family living in its downtown castle. Very low bows like this are a sign of great respect and deference to a superior. . . .

Of course, then the LA Times notes that there is the case of showing disrespect to the Queen of England.



Blogger The Right Guy said...

Obama's bow was that of a coolie. When equals bow, they do not take their eyes off each other. Either Obama is ignorant, or thinks he is gaining something by supplicating himself. THe interesting thing is black people aren't all that highly regarded in Japanese and Chinese society and I am being charitable. It kind of makes this ironic in a few ways.

11/14/2009 11:42 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I don't think O's trying to gain anything. I think everything he does is calculated to bring America down a notch--or many notches. He wants to fit America into the "global community" out of ideological fervor. He thinks he is being "enlightened."

It is rather embarrassing.

Maybe he'll just go back home to Chicago in 2012 and we can shake off this madness.

11/14/2009 10:15 PM  
Blogger Charles Rinehart said...

After seeing the bowing photo, I just want to say to all the Acorn, welfare babies, and union people out there: The zoo called...you all are due back at 6. And you're all legends in your own mind.

11/14/2009 11:42 PM  

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