I’ll start this out by saying that I’m sure several of you are going to disagree with me.
Unlike conservatives, I was willing to give Obama the benefit of the doubt when he appeared to give a deferential bow to the King of Saudi Arabia. Perhaps it was just a rookie mistake, or the result of some bad advice from the protocol office.
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 for 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.
This isn’t a matter of being polite, it’s not a matter of following Japanese custom, and it’s not a matter of maintain cordial relations with an ally.
Nor, as this video shows, what it a situation where Obama and the inbred son of the guy who authorized the attack on Pearl Harbor that resulted in the deaths of 2,000 Americans were exchanging mutual bows:
Obama clearly was being deferential in a manner that just isn’t acceptable for an American President.
It all boils down to a simple fact:
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. What will the White House say this time? He got stomach cramps?
Something like that, I’m sure.