Wonder what you would find if you frisked President Obama’s trip to Asia?
Answer: A bow to Emperor Akihito of Japan.
Oh President Obama… Wth:
How low will the new American president go for the world’s royalty?
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.
To some in the United States, however, an upright handshake might have looked better. Remember Michelle Obama casually patting Britain’s Queen Elizabeth on the back during their Buckingham Palace visit? America’s royalty tends to make movies and get bad reviews and lots of money as a sign of respect.
Obama could receive some frowns back home as he did for his not-quite-this-low-or-maybe-about-the-same-bow to the Saudi king not so long ago.
If you want to watch the Obama bow, click here.
Saudi King Abdullah received a bow and now Emperor Akihito got his – tisk, tisk. I wonder what lame excuse the White House will make this time to try and downplay Obama’s second bow mishap, haha.
Reminder to the Obama Administration:
American Presidents do not bow to royalty. In fact, heads of state do not bow or genuflect to each other in the normal course of diplomacy. At least, they didn’t until this amateur came into office and failed to learn from the first time he did it.
Well said Mr. Morrissey.
Remember when the New York Times blasted Bill Clinton when he almost did the same thing?:
“IF I see another king, I think I shall bite him,” Teddy Roosevelt once growled. Offered that opportunity with the Japanese equivalent last week, Bill Clinton turned out to have had quite something else in mind.
It wasn’t a bow, exactly. But Mr. Clinton came close. He inclined his head and shoulders forward, he pressed his hands together. It lasted no longer than a snapshot, but the image on the South Lawn was indelible: an obsequent President, and the Emperor of Japan.
Maybe Obama will FINALLY learn his lesson, but I doubt it… Apparently, he enjoys making the same mistake twice. Classic.
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