Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Obama's Bow Enrages Critics
During Presidents Obama's Asian tour he met with Japan's Emperor Akihito and as is customary bowed when meeting him. This is a show of respect and is considered to be to be well within protocol guidelines that the State Department issues for foreign service officers working in other countries. One would think nothing out of the ordinary would come of this interaction... But you would be wrong. Right wing talking heads and bloggers are all a titter believing that Obama was groveling before the his Japanese counterpart. Some bloggers have even deemed the bow to be "treasonous"! I'm just guessing they don't remember when George W. Bush met with Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah and not only smooched with him but held his hand while they strolled in the Rose Garden! Yeah... I'm guessing that slipped their minds.