Monday, November 16, 2009

The World Shakes Hands, Obama Bows

12 comments:

Evan said...

http://thinkprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/bannersaudi.gif

Bush practically made out with the King of Saudi Arabia. Where was the outrage?

This kind of thing is no big deal.

Andre said...

The picture is obviously misleading, he was most likely saying something in his his so no one else could hear. And regardless, making out does denote any indications of subservience.

It may not be a big deal, but its revealing

Evan said...

Revealing of...what?

Lachlan said...

Bush also rubbed Angela Merkel's back. Creepy.

I think the funniest part of it is that Obama totally got the bow wrong.

Nixon did it right. Hands at the sides, slight bend at the waist.

The handshake/bow forward lurch was pretty ugly, and far from the customary Japanese salutation. That said, I don't think it says anything about Obama, other than he is trying too hard.

Andre said...

I thought you'd ask that Even- "The bow as he performed did not just display weakness in Red State terms, but evoked weakness in Japanese terms"-- Obama acts out of a context of subservience on the national stage.

Evan said...

Considering Japan's new government is pushing for less involvement with America and more with China, it might be in our interests to not keep our collective neck so stiff.

Lachlan said...

Via Patterico:

"Maybe someone needs a new protocol officer because the old one is about to get the blame. (Either that or dozens of world leaders need new protocol officers.) But the reality is this was probably all Obama’s doing because — according to the New York Times, which weighed in 15 years ago when Bill Clinton suffered from his own bowing scandal involving the Emperor of Japan — protocol officers have been telling American Presidents not to bow to anyone for over 200 years."

Holly said...

I've drafted about 5 responses to this, but at great last i've decided on this:

Who cares?

Andre said...

Well Holly, because he is the PRESIDENT of the United States, and what he does, reflects on the entire country on an international scale. Far smaller gestures have started wars and created peace. Obviously the implications of this actions aren't even close to that level, but these things matter.

Ayush Soni said...

I think everyone knows the proper way to address the Japanese Prime Minister is to vomit in his lap. Silly Obama.

http://radioactiveliberty.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/ralph-bush.jpg

Chris Smith said...

"Far smaller gestures have started wars and created peace."

Like what?

Lachlan said...

How about when FDR gave the finger to Hirohito.