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Friday, April 03, 2009


Here's the still. Go here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JGK-xbXxMw&feature=related

for the video and see that it's not a trick of cherry-picking photos for an awkward or out-of-context shot.

The President, and his staff's ignorance of protocol, resulting in abominable rudeness to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom pales before this.

That is the backside of the President of the United States you see, as he bows low to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.

You may recall, the President returned a bust of Winston Churchill on loan to the United States. And after receiving wonderfully tasteful and significant presents from Prime Minister Gordon Brown, gave him a set of DVD's that won't play on English sets and some trinkets from the White House gift shop.

If it wasn't a calculated insult, it was definitely tacky.

He also, by the way, took the Queen's hands in both of his. Protocol is for a quick touch of the hands. Michelle touched the Queen on the back, also not protocol. To be fair the Queen initiated a touch, so Michelle might actually have been invited to a greater intimacy than protocol stipulates.

Those of a conspiratorial bent will no doubt read very sinister motives into this. I think there is no need - even "innocent" ignorance in this case is appalling enough.

At this moment I am so furious I can barely see straight. Once and for all, AMERICAN CITIZENS DO NOT BOW TO FOREIGN MONARCHS GOD DAMN IT!

Much less the President of the United States! Innocent ignorance, or whatever motive you wish to ascribe to this. Our president has disgraced our country.

If it were a private citizen who'd done this, I'd say stay overseas because you haven't got a country to come back to.

I am going to be watching the MSM for reactions to this with great anticipation. I'll be watching to see how the MSM tries to 1) ignore, 2) make light of, 3) justify this.

Thank God for the Internet! It's very difficult to bury things anymore. (My wife saw it before I did - on the online Polish media.)

I have been a critic of the President; his ideology, his associates, and his policy. Nonetheless, I realize that these are differences of opinion, and my assessment of the soundness of his judgement, and have tried to express my differences in an appropriate tone.

But this is neither.

This is a disgrace.

Mr. President, you have disgraced our country. Every one of your countrymen who understands the symbolism of this gesture, giving the sign of submission to a foreign tyrant, is - or damn well should be, burning with shame right now.


  • At 6:47 AM, Blogger Ted said…

    Look on the bright side: Atleast it wasn't Bubba showin' up in blue jeans and a tee shirt, or Johnny-Reb mispronouncing their names.
    A bit duller tool than those perhaps, but still a tool, nonetheless - of the devil spirit realm!
    "...and the world looked elsewhere for leadership."

  • At 8:21 AM, Blogger dchamil said…

    Perhaps Ann Coulter will give us a column on this event in the life of B. Hussein Obama.

  • At 5:05 PM, Blogger Steve Browne said…

    That's what I don't get about it, I'm not hearing any outrage - even on FOX.

    One lib blogger even dismissed the idea of outrage as "collectivist thinking." I guess it's an American thing...

    And for the record, I'd have been (almost) as outraged if he'd bowed to the Queen.

  • At 9:27 AM, Blogger Cleveland Okie (Tom Jackson) said…

    The reason there hasn't been more outrage is that many people know Bush did the same thing (littlegreenfootballs.com/article/33289_Bush_Bowed_Too)
    Sucking up to the Saudis is a bipartisan affliction. I think it's wrong when ANY president bows down to the leader of that loathesome regime, but it isn't fair to single out Obama for abuse.

  • At 9:53 AM, Blogger Steve Browne said…

    OK I've looked - and there's a difference an Asian would notice.

    Bowing to have a medal hung around your neck is not the same symbolic gesture as bowing in submission - though I don't like it one bit either coming from the Saudi King.

    And, "many" doesn't include anyone I've consulted so far. But yes, Bush's bow should have been publicized at the time, and should have elicited howls of outrage.

    There is a whole gestural language of bows, mostly invisible to westerners, having to do with how low one bows, whether it is reciprocated with one equally low (at the same time or not) etc.

    The difference in this case is, I'd be as outraged if the President bowed to the Queen of England, but not if he accepted a medal or honor - provided of course, that it was not an order of knighthood or the equivalent, which involves an oath of fealty.

    In both these cases, it stinks. But Obama's bow is the low bow of submission appropriate from subject to sovereign (or teacher to student in the martial arts for that matter) - and no I don't think that's what was on his mind (or at least I hope not) - but if he didn't know better, his chief of protocol damned well should have.

  • At 11:24 AM, Blogger principlex said…

    My comments on this topic.


  • At 11:04 AM, Blogger principlex said…

    After a couple more days of hearing this story, I'm getting god damned mad at the media. It's talked about in terms of some protocol rule. I'm left that since it is a rule, rules can be changed and that's the issue.

    The point? It's not the rules that matter. It's who you are to yourself that matters. In America all men are equal in that they have a right to their individual lives. When you great another, it is as an equal.

    None of us who visited the President would bow except in a context of equals where the "bower" admired the other. That would not be accomplished with a genuflect.

    Obama views ALL relationships in terms of power status rather than as equals. What we have for a President is Uncle Tom the Dictator, that symbol of a person who possesses zero pride and flops back and forth being nice on the one hand and dictatorial on the other. Nowhere on those two poles appears equality, rationality or pride. That person is a loser.

    If Obama cannot represent himself as the President of the embodiment of human freedom which the US represents and not find that worthy, we have a major problem.

  • At 5:18 PM, Blogger Plateau said…

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