Over at Little Green Footballs, audit81 made the following observation:"Obama was merely bending over to read the teleprompter on the floor."
Definitely a bow. Didn't we fight some wars so Americans wouldn't do that any more? And personally, I could have stomached it a lot more had it been directed at the Queen.
From at least the eighteenth century on gentlemen have always bowed or nodded to ladies and others, if you know your Jane Austen, many still do. If you watch carefully in the pictures all sorts of people nod to each other, including the King of Saudi Arabia.Both President and Mrs Obama came across as elegant, charming and courteous and left a very good impression of your country.
The King of Saudi Arabia paid for Obama's campaign.Obama's bow symbolized the delivery of the once-greatest power on earth into the Arab King's (and OSB's) hands.
Mr. Obama does not disappoint. He will not be satisfied until the United States grovels at the foot of every despot on Earth. Yes, it most certainly was a bow. And the White House response was pure bovine scatology. I would expect nothing less.
I meant OBL, not OSB.
I think maybe there was some crude oil on the floor...
Well that cleared THAT up. We are now (as if we never knew) serfs of Saudi Arabia. Thanks for the confirmation by your sell-out Mr. Obama.
I remember President Bush kissing the Saudi king and walking hand in hand with him on a visit to midland. See http://www.americablog.com/2009/04/why-is-bush-permitted-to-kiss-man-but.htmlLighten up folks. Everyone was just trying to be respectful and friendly.
Respectful?More like subservient judging from the depth and exaggeration of that bow from the waist. Please.
I'm definitely a full-fledge American, because I really don't care if it was or was not a bow, because it's meaningless to me.If it was a bow, I'd chalk it up to a respectful gesture, something driven by love more than duty.If it was not a bow, than I'd say, well, Obama is our American President and technically they should bow to him since we're the ones with the military power but we don't demand such gestures from the world.To the Brits, this would be all important, but I'm an American who is descendant from ones who help throw off British rule, but long enough ago that all this stuff is just plain silly to me.
Yeah, I agree. Enough of this graciousness and humility already. Let's go back to the good ole days of demonstrating American arrogance and superiority the way a "Christian" country should!Joe+
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