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