I guess this wasn’t really a “bow” either, eh, Mr. President?

Posted by: ST on November 14, 2009 at 10:37 am

Sheesh (via Jim Hoft):

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.

Here is the photo in question.

Take a bow

U.S. President Barack Obama bows as he is greeted by Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko as he arrives at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009.
(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Wonder what kind of lame spin we’ll get from the WH on this one? 8-|

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30 Responses to “I guess this wasn’t really a “bow” either, eh, Mr. President?”


  1. Anthony says:

    Okay, so I guess we can expect apologies for Hiroshima and Nagasaki at any time….

  2. Great White Rat says:

    As a veteran of several business trips to Japan, there’s bowing and then there’s bowing.

    First off, the Japanese don’t expect westerners to bow. They understand that it’s a distinctive protocol of theirs, and that we will probably get it wrong if we attempt it. All they ask is that we show respect in our interactions with them. If Michelle starts back-slapping again, they’ll be furious, and rightly so.

    But if you must attempt the gesture, choose the right bow. A slight bow, maybe 15 degrees or so, is sufficient to show proper respect. Look at the Emporer’s very slight bow. That’s the right way. Obama’s going way beyond that. He’s close to 90 degrees.

    And the 90 degree bow is normally used for (you guessed it) apologies, or else expressing condolences. Unless maybe he really is apologizing for America again….

    Just one more time when Obama shows himself to be completely in over his head as anything more than a community agitator.

  3. ness says:

    Really pathetic. Pathetic in the sense of trying oh, so, very, very hard to please anyone who ISN’T American.

    I am all in favor of slight bow to show friendship and respect, especially to the Japanese (not to Mooooslim terror sponsors) but this is gratuitious once again.

    Barry the man-child trying to act so hip, so “internationalist”.

    Three more years and this race-hustling, community agitator is history.

  4. Mad Monica says:

    I would have had no problem with a very short bow. Courtesy is courtesy. But this was out and out submission. I guess he was practicing for China.

    Isn’t it funny how the monarchs of allies get a pat on the back and a crappy gift while former and current enemies get submissive bows?

  5. Vincent says:

    Just another crazy round eye!
    Did this macaroon watch too many reruns of “Shogun”?

  6. The Watcher says:

    Well, I suppose we can be grateful for at least one thing: he didn’t go to his knees and press his face and palms flat on the floor in front of either of them.

    (I wonder if that’ll be next, though)

  7. l5j6f7 says:

    He is who he is, what’s surprising about it?

    His father was not only a muslim but a communist (offical with the Kenyan govt.). His step-father was a muslim. His teenaged mentor was a radical communist. His mother was a far-left, utopian liberal.

    Many of his friends and associates have radical, anti-American, anarchist, communist beliefs.

    Therefore, he’s a product of his upbringing, like all of us.

  8. Bill says:

    Just part of the “New America” in our subservient role to the world.

  9. Paul says:

    Obama prior to the bow: “Let me be clear, your excellency…I was in no way shape or form involved in the tragedy rendered on your country by our people during World War II. The way I see it, we deserved Pearl Harbor, and I’d like to honor any surviving members from your attack there with commendations for their bravery.”

  10. steveegg says:

    Teh Won always seems to lose contact lenses around royalty (except British royalty).

  11. Tom TB says:

    He is a cartoon character; “Obowa-bama san”. He is so afraid of offending that he shakes hands, bows, and looks contrite all at the same time!

  12. “Hiroshima happened before I was born …”

  13. Sanddog says:

    I’m sure there are a lot of WWII veterans who’d like to kick him in the ass right about now.

  14. Jim says:

    In the tradition that I was taught, that bow is incorrect and improper. Bows are performed with both hands at the thigh, and if you wish to show respect, you bow just slightly lower than the one you’re addressing.

    Bowing too low, like the President is, is a mockery and will probably be read as false humility. He also dropped his head… bad form.

    Great respect and deference” is shown through prostration, not a bow.

  15. Sickofthis says:

    This man does not have American values. He doesn’t even honor our revolution that was fought so that people, American people, would not have to bow before kings.

    I think this is a respect and submission bow that he was taught while in Indonesia at the muslim school.

    He thinks he’s being better than the rest of us, those Americans who great royalty with respect and dignity, but never bow to them.

  16. David says:

    well, I think the spin from the White House will go something along the lines of “Pres. Obama was not bowing he simply noticed that there was a spot on the toe of his shoe and the president was thinking ‘Gee, is that a smudge on the toe of my shoe?’and simply looked down to see. Severe disciplinary action will be taken against the presidential steward for leaving a smudge on the toe of the President’s shoe”

  17. l5j6f7 says:

    “Hiroshima happened before I was born…”
    Oh, that’s the perfect line!

  18. SteveP says:

    American presidents don’t bow to any earthly king-ever.
    This vile scum just keeps getting worse and worse.

  19. Pasadena Phil says:

    He wasn’t bowing! Barry was informed that the Emperor and wife are big Simpson fans and so he entertained them with the famous “Safety Dance”

    “You can dance! You can dance! Everybody look at your pants!”

  20. Kate says:

    I guess it’s true….these guy’s don’t remember their history. Our founding fathers refused to bow to King George III, but now these guys will bow to Princess Toadstool!

    A slight bow is all that is expected…respect in kind, is all the Japanese ask. But, I guess Miss Manners from the State Department didn’t give him a very good lesson on international etiquette.

    He really looks like he just fell off the bumpkin cart….just another classless American tourist!

  21. Carlos says:

    It’s getting so that our beloved and glorious leader is beyond comment.

    And why would he know anything about Americans not bowing to foreign royalty (especially since he’s never questioned why we don’t have royalty here)? He’s never even seen a history book that didn’t have politically correct revisionist history!

    Speaking of which, when’s he going to get around to visiting those other seven states that he learned about in school?

  22. Jo says:

    Typicla radical leftist Dem. And that’s what we’ve got now running the country right into the ground. In actuality, as horrific and tragic as 911 was, this so-called Presidency is nailing the nails into the coffin of the once Greatest Nation on Earth.

  23. nina says:

    Remember he knows it all!!! NOT.

  24. Lockandload says:

    Must be tough fot the WWII pacific vets to see this sight. A dishonor to all who sacrificed so much so we are not speaking Japanese.