(UPDATED)Bow to a world leader? Sure, says Obama.


Obama is at it again, bowing to another world leader.  Not too many months ago, Obama was bowing to the Saudi King

This time he is bowing to Emperor Akihito in Japan.  This is a full deep bow….not the traditional head nod/hand shake gesture.

Obama bows before Japanese Emperor

Of course, Obama sympathizers will see nothing wrong with a US President bowing to the Emperor…..tradition and US Presidential protocol really don’t matter to those who blindly follow Obama.  

Since it is common to bow in Japan under certain circumstance, Obama-ites will say it is courtesy to bow in Japan, even if you are the leader of the most powerful nation on earth.

So lets take a look at how other world leaders have greeted the same Emperor.

View this visual  to view the other heads of state/representatives NOT bowing to a Japanese Emperor….so that pretty much throws out the possibility that just because bowing is common in Japan that heads of State should engage in it.

Why, even Miss Manners gets it (H/T: WND).  She says: 

“One does not bow or curtsy to a foreign monarch because the gesture symbolizes recognition of her power over her subjects.”

And Obama not only deep-bowed once to the Emperor, but bowed his head at least six times to both the Emperor and his wife.  It almost appeared as if Obama had a nervous tic and the Emperor’s wife had an expression of “WTH? Watch the Video (H/T: Gateway Pundit)

As was similarly asked when Obama bowed to the Saudi King, “If Obama bowed out of respect and not deference then why wasn’t the bow reciprocated by the Emperor?”

Great question. 

The problem here is that we have a President who can’t seem to place his hand over his heart during the American National Anthem, nor can Obama, as Commander-In-Chief, muster the will to salute or place his hand over his heart while recognizing our Veterans at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier…..but in the name of courtesy and respect, he bows in deference to another head of state (now two heads of state)?

Obama is not a fan of the very country he has taken an oath to serve and protect. 

You have to realize the mindset of Barack Obama to understand why he places himself in deference to some of the world leaders such as the Japanese Emperor and the Saudi King…..

Obama could not even bring himself to defend the actions of the United States in dropping the A-Bomb on Nagasaki and HiroshimaView the video here, but here is a summary of his exchange with a reporter in Japan:

JAPANESE REPORTER: What is your understanding of the historical meaning of the A-bombing in Hiroshima and Nagasaki?  Do you think it was the right decision?

Obama took a deep breath, paused . . . and punted.

PBO gave a halting response that utterly failed to answer the question.  The closest he came was to observe that Japan “has a unique perspective on the issue of nuclear weapons as a consequence of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and I’m sure it helps to motivate the Prime Minister’s deep interest in this issue.”

The reporter tried again: “do you believe the US dropping of nuclear weapons on –“

Obama cut him off, choosing to answer an unrelated question on the situation in North Korea.

Obama believes the United States is a heinous country. Obama does not stand for the traditions and values of our country.  And he is doing his best to apologize and tear his own country apart at its core so that he can remake it in his skewed Marxist image.

Would a President who loves this country, its capitalist markets, its freedom and its military…. 

  • refuse to where a flag lapel pin in the name of patriotism?
  • dither for months on whether to follow the requests of his hand-picked Generals on the ground in Afghanistan?
  • take over banks and car companies at lightning speed?
  • attempt to take over 1/6 of the economy and control the health and well-being of every living citizen?
  • call his own citizens “teabaggers” and have his administration outline pro-life, anti-tax, anti-stimulus, pro-capitalist protesters  as “extremists” and potential domestic terrorists?
  • make judgments about the actions of a Cambridge cop who arrested one of Obama’s friend without knowing the facts, but refuse to call a Muslim Major who murders 13 of our finest military citizens a terrorist even though the evidence is clear?
  • refuse to show respect at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier or during the National Anthem, but bow to two World Leaders out of “respect”?

The list for Obama goes on and on…..his actions speak louder and clearer everyday. 

And while I believe he is grossly inexperienced to be the President of the United States, I don’t believe that is the reason for all of his poor decisions, words, and gestures…..I believe those come from Obama’s clear disgust for the country he leads. 

He is attempting to “put America in its place.” And if bowing to Kings and Emperors makes America move down a notch or two in world stature, then Obama is all over it.

It is digusting and disheartening to know we have a President who does not have our best interest at heart, nor does he “respect” his own country or its citizens.

But as James Lewis at The American Thinker wrote yesterday, there is hope…..real hope…not “Obama-type hope” (my emphasis):

The Audacity of Obama is a front, and it’s starting to crumble. America’s endurance is in our people, the tens of millions who remember our history — not the phony history that the vulgar Marxists are now peddling all over the schools. The conservative media are beginning to seize the national narrative again. All we need to do is to tell the truth over and over, every single chance we get.

Our great American Oak Tree will outlive the grasshoppers of the hour, may they never chirp so loud.  Obama is like his styrofoam Greek columns. He’s all show, all hungry ego, all chirping grasshopper, all Styrofoam.

America is a lot tougher and a lot more enduring than the radicals who now prance around Washington, DC.

Amen….

UPDATE 11/15/09:  From Sister Toldjah, the point is made that it is NOT customary in any sense for a President to bow to heads of state.  From the 1994 NYT, which also points out that when Clinton was accused of something similar, even the Clinton Administration knew enough was wrong with the idea of bowing that they protested the “unthinkable” accusation vehemently:

But the “thou need not bow” commandment from the State Department’s protocol office maintained a constancy of more than 200 years. (Clinton) Administration officials scurried to insist that the eager-to-please President had not really done the unthinkable.

Also, a great point from Sister Toldjah to the libs who think a bow is A-OK and that Americans who understand it is “unthinkable” are wrong to protest:

If you’re ok with American Presidents bowing like he has to other heads of state, then perhaps you were disappointed with the outcome of the Revolutionary War, too.

And, from Michelle Malkin who refers to the President as President “O-bow-ma” :

“The Left complained that George W. Bush was too much of a cowboy on the global stage.

It’s better than having a waterboy….”

LOL – that is exactly right!

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8 Responses

  1. Since it is common to bow in Japan under certain circumstance, Obama-ites will say it is courtesy to bow in Japan, even if you are the leader of the most powerful nation on earth.

    This is a principle conservatives everywhere are a fan of, and one with which I don’t think I can ever concur.

    Why does being the “most powerful nation on earth” necessarily imply that we need not recognize other countries as we want them to recognize us? Why does it equate to being the self-righteous bully who reminds everyone else on the playground just how awesome he/she is every chance he/she gets? Why is humility necessarily derogatory in this situation?

    Everyone hates the self-righteous individual who reminds you how wonderful they are. Everyone particularly hates these individuals when their hypocrisy is literally as easy to observe from their actions as it is to listen to them rationalize these actions as more accolades to their curriculum vitae.

    And what exactly makes us the most powerful nation on earth? Not population; China holds that honor. Not worth of the dollar; Britain’s pound and even the Euro are both more valuable. Expanding industry and commerce? Ireland, China, and Japan are kicking our asses on that stage. Military strength? This is the equivalent of the big dumb bully at school who has no redeeming qualities other than being capable of beating one to a pulp at his/her whim. And in the nuclear age, our previous metrics of measuring military strength don’t really matter anymore; a few well-placed ICBMs would radically upset the global balance of power.

    Yes, the US has certainly been a “force of good” during its brief 233 years of existence. But so has just about every other civilization to ever exist, in its own way. You’d be hard-pressed to name a civilization over the course of humanity’s entire history that hasn’t somehow contributed positively to where humanity stands now. The liberties we purport and enjoy in the US weren’t invented by our founding fathers; those ideas had been around for hundreds and hundreds of years and existed in some form – Rome, Greece, and Britain in particular.

    I agree there is a fine line between humility and self-degradation, but just the same there is a fine line between pride and self-righteousness. It is annoying to me that President Obama hasn’t seemed as interested in the goings-on within our nation’s borders as without, but I still do appreciate his willingness to display a humble front to the world’s leaders we alienated and antagonized over the last decade. It’s less direct, but by re-establishing favorable diplomatic relations with the rest of the world, he is still catering to our interests here at home. After all, in today’s global economy, we’re all in this together.

  2. Hi Magsol,

    “Why does being the “most powerful nation on earth” necessarily imply that we need not recognize other countries as we want them to recognize us? “

    We do recognize other countries as we would like them to recognize us. But an overt gesture such as Obama’s bow is not necessary….nor was it even reciprocated…even in Japan, where bowing is common.

    “Why does it equate to being the self-righteous bully who reminds everyone else on the playground just how awesome he/she is every chance he/she gets?”

    The disdain for Obama’s bowing to leaders in other countries is not because he didn’t show our “awesomeness”. It is because bowing, according to common manners and history, is known to show subservience to those with whom you bow, particularly when done by heads of state.
    Do you like knowing that our leader places his own country below the others? I don’t.

    In addition, I don’t believe any American Presidents have particularly bragged on the awesomeness of America (Obama clearly apologizes for his country..like no other President in history)….it is clear this is a country like no other….our large numbers of immigrants to this country can vouch for that….

    “Why is humility necessarily derogatory in this situation?”
    The 90 degree bow is not seen as humility, but as subservience.

    “Everyone hates the self-righteous individual who reminds you how wonderful they are.”

    But to your point, wouldn’t a hand shake from Obama and a head nod have sent the same message as a 90 degree bow? That’s what other leaders have done….I haven’t seen one picture of another leader bowing to the Emperor in that manner. Does that make all of the other countries self-righteous?

    “Everyone particularly hates these individuals when their hypocrisy is literally as easy to observe from their actions as it is to listen to them rationalize these actions as more accolades to their curriculum vitae.”

    You’ve just hit the nail on the head why MOST Americans now do not approve of their President.

    “And what exactly makes us the most powerful nation on earth? Not the dollar.”

    Yes, and you can thank Obama’s debt load for that.

    “not Expanding industry and commerce”.

    Yes, and Obama’s government takeover of American industry, healthcare system, and A Cap and Trade enerby nightmare will surely help that problem. /sarc off.

    “Military strength? This is the equivalent of the big dumb bully at school who has no redeeming qualities other than being capable of beating one to a pulp at his/her whim.”

    Magsol…why don’t you tell it to the families of those who’ve died so your unappreciative little self can say such ignorant crap? Or why don’t you go visit the gravesites of those dead “bullies” so you can get a little perspective?

    “You’d be hard-pressed to name a civilization over the course of humanity’s entire history that hasn’t somehow contributed positively to where humanity stands now”

    America as a powerful nation and force for good doesn’t negate the progress of others throughout history….nobody is claiming it does.
    But it WOULD be impossible to name a country on earth TODAY (& the past century) that is as free (at least until Obama finishes us off), as welcoming, as charitable, and as willing to fight for the freedom of others as the United States of America….impossible.

    “but I still do appreciate his willingness to display a humble front to the world’s leaders we alienated and antagonized over the last decade”

    Bowing to monarchs is not humble, but is well-known to show deference. BIG difference.
    The leaders Obama is humble to are those like Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, Saudi Arabia. And it has gotten him no where.
    Conversely, Obama has shown himself to be disrespectful and arrogant to our allies such as the United Kingdom, France, Honduras, Germany, and others.

    Frankly, I miss the last decade of relations where our friends were our friends and those who wanted to see us dead or less free were our enemies.
    Obama has turned that all on its head…or is well in the process of doing so.

  3. magsol,

    I’ve got to hand it to you…

    In a single post, you displayed profound ignorance of US / world history, macroeconomics, the military, and how leaders of nations deal with each other. Well done!

    This one was especially amusing…

    “You’d be hard-pressed to name a civilization over the course of humanity’s entire history that hasn’t somehow contributed positively to where humanity stands now.”

    I bet I could find a few examples, but I’ve got better things to do than school you on such things. Perhaps you should attempt to actually know something before trying to dazzle us again.

    Oh yeah…about the bowing…

    Check out this video…

  4. Really? We’re going to focus on a bow? Of course the same folks who were ready to put Palin in office would go to such ridiculous lengths to banter over something SO trivial as a mis-step during a greeting. It is customary in Japan to bow in greeting. Not simply to leaders but also as a show of respect for your ELDERS…clearly the emperor has a couple of decades over Obama. It has become acceptable to NOT bow, however, it is respectful to actually do so. I’m sure those who are willing to beat this subject to death have forgotten how disgusted Ms. Merkel of Germany was when Bush practically fondled her at a summit. They are simple faux pas folks…NOT INTERNATIONAL INCIDENTS!!

  5. GiveMeABreak,

    “Really? We’re going to focus on a bow?”

    Yes, we are not just talking about one bow….but, two bows now from the great Obama, all powerful, “smart diplomat”.

    The bows on Obama’s part do not appear to have been mistakes in and of themselves. He intended to bow to either apologize or show America’s deference because we are such a “big, bad, bully country” in his eyes.

    Obama has now bowed to the Japanese Emperor and the King of Saudi Arabia….if those were both mistakes, then I suppose the 48% of us who KNEW a year ago that Obama was unfit to be President have been proven correct. He keeps repeating his neophyte mistakes.

    Of course the same folks who were ready to put Palin in office would go to such ridiculous lengths to banter over something SO trivial as a mis-step during a greeting

    And about Palin….
    Funny how the same folks who voted in a neophyte, anti-American Marxist will now go to such ridiculous lengths to bash Palin, who actually HAD a self-made career and experience before running for a high federal office….
    She didn’t ride in on the coat tails of affirmative action, Soros’ money, and the Chicago thug machine like Obama.

    It is customary in Japan to bow in greeting. Not simply to leaders but also as a show of respect for your ELDERS…

    It is not customary for world leaders to bow to one another. It is a sign of weakness and deference. Bowing is common in Japan between citizens and business people….but not for World leaders.
    Besides Obama didn’t even get it right….his form of bowing didn’t show respect, but weakness…and the Emperors lack of a reciprocal bow was quite likely meant as an insult to Obama…
    So much for that “smart” diplomacy.

    It has become acceptable to NOT bow, however, it is respectful to actually do so.

    I guess now that Obama has broken complete Presidential protocol, World Leader protocol, and Japanese protocol….the Left has to now say that Presidential bowing is “respectful”…..any excuse for the man-child Obama.

    ” I’m sure those who are willing to beat this subject to death have forgotten how disgusted Ms. Merkel of Germany was when Bush practically fondled her at a summit”.

    Yes, Bush made a mistake. His was not some intentional mistep created from ego or a need to knock America down a notch or two….big difference from Obama.

    Oh….and you have also included your obligatory “blame Bush” meme….
    you’ve obviously been well-schooled in the Obama technique of dodging responsiblity.
    Way to go.

  6. @SRT:

    Magsol…why don’t you tell it to the families of those who’ve died so your unappreciative little self can say such ignorant crap? Or why don’t you go visit the gravesites of those dead “bullies” so you can get a little perspective?

    That was not, nor will ever be, my point. I am eternally grateful to those – family members and dear friends of mine included – who have dedicated their lives to serving this country, and if I am ever called to active duty I do so gladly. My wording, however, was awful and for that I apologize. My question was purely theoretical: is a country’s overall strength measured by that of its military?

    @GBS:

    Over the time I’ve followed this blog, you have consistently been the voice of reason, and I have learned something from you about the conservative perspective.

    But if there was ever a comment that could eclipse all others, yours would be it. Congratulations: in one fell swoop you fulfilled the conservative stereotype of being the very thing you claim to fight against, and rather than take the situation as an opportunity to engage in open and honest discourse, you belittled and denigrated your opposition.

    I was truly curious as to where my “facts” went awry. Unless I’m grossly unobservant, I really didn’t think my post was phrased in such a way as to lead a reader to believe I’m trying to “dazzle” them. But if you’re going to take the opening solely as an opportunity to “school” me, then forget it.

  7. Magsol,

    I must say that although I’ve disagreed with you in the past, I often found your perspective interesting and occasionally laced with logic and fact. However, you deserved everything you received from me in response to your intial posting. For example…

    “Military strength? This is the equivalent of the big dumb bully at school who has no redeeming qualities other than being capable of beating one to a pulp at his/her whim.”

    Is this supposed to resemble a rational thought? Don’t speak of “honest discourse” when you have the nerve to author such drivel. By such statements, you do nothing but reinforce the most common of Liberal stereotypes. If you truely wish to engage in a dialogue based on reason, then I suggest you find some, along with some knowledge of things that occurred prior to your birth.

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