As I alluded to in an earlier post, I believe that Obama’s subservient bow to the Emperor of Japan was an attempt to bring America down a notch or two (where it should be in Obama’s mind).
Also, Obama, in his skewed anti-American mindset, was likely attempting to assure the Japanese Emperor that Obama is a “different” President that didn’t agree with the A-bombs being dropped on Japan. That’s how I see it.
Those on the left have seen Obama’s bow as making amends for the “tortuous” and “alienating” policies of Bush…and showing respect and humility…you know, not being the cowboy….the “anti-Bush”.
But it seems the message Obama actually left with the Japanese was one of disrespect and a view of Obama as weak….and the message from the Japanese Emperor back to Obama was no bow…which likely is should be seen as an insult.
From Thomas Lifson at American Thinker:
Bad enough that Obama bowed down to another head of state yesterday. Even worse, he did not bother to learn how one bows in Japan, and just winged it.
….The one thing that virtually everyone who teaches bowing etiquette stresses is under no circumstance try to combine a bow with a handshake.
The Emperor appears to smile, which is something polite Japanese are taught to do when embarrassed. Unlike just about everyone who comes into the Emperor’s presence, Obama obviously received no instruction on Imperial etiquette.……Anyone with about two days’ familiarity with Japan knows about bowing. The average person in Japan bows dozens of times a day. You see it everywhere.Another fundamental precept of the ordinary bow: it must be reciprocated. To do otherwise is a grave insult. Yet, we see in this short video clip that the Emperor did not even nod his head. To be honest, I am not sure the Emperor is ever supposed to bow back to anyone. He is, after all, according to Shinto, a god.
“The bow as he performed did not just display weakness in Red State terms, but evoked weakness in Japanese terms….The last thing the Japanese want or need is a weak looking American president and, again, in all ways, he unintentionally played that part.
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