April 09, 2009
White House Denying Obama Bow OK Let's Make It A Grovel!
White House: No bow to Saudi
The White House is denying that the president bowed to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia at a G-20 meeting in London, a scene that drew criticism on the right and praise from some Arab outlets.
"It wasn't a bow. He grasped his hand with two hands, and he's taller than King Abdullah," said an Obama aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
The Washington Times called the alleged bow a "shocking display of fealty to a foreign potentate" and said it violated centuries of American tradition of not deferring to royalty. The Weekly Standard, meanwhile, noted that American protocol apparently rules out bowing, or at least it reportedly did on the occasion of a Clinton "near-bow" to the emperor of Japan.
Interestingly, a columnist in the Saudi-backed Arabic paper Asharq Alawsat also took the gesture as a bow and appreciated the move.
"Obama wished to demonstrate his respect and appreciation of the personality of King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, who has made one of the most important calls in the modern era, namely the call for inter-faith and inter-cultural dialogue to defuse the hatred, conflict and wars," wrote the columnist, Muhammah Diyab.
Wild Thing's comment..........
Not a bow??? And those aren't Arabs either! OK how about we call it a grovel before the
king of Mecca. There ya go!
Posted by Wild Thing at April 9, 2009 05:40 AM
This is the White House telling us we didn't see what we saw take place.
Posted by: BobF at April 9, 2009 07:28 AM
He bows to the Arab Prince but offers no such courtesey to the Queen not bad enough but to come back here and then lie about it. When everyone in the world saw the same thing. Not only is obama a liar the whole damned adminsitration is a bunch of liars. Obama lies and they swear to it.
Posted by: Mark at April 9, 2009 07:54 AM
It was actually more of a curtsey, but still, you don't bow to the Saudi King! Now, if Bush had done that, it would have been made fun of all over the news. (remember-President Bush can't open a door?)But God forbid we make a joke about Obamanation's curtsey. I guess he is desparate need of a book on foreign etiquette.
Posted by: Lynn at April 9, 2009 08:12 AM
If not a bow, then I guess Obama was just checking to see if the king had a woody from seeing Obama.
Posted by: TomR at April 9, 2009 11:13 AM
BobF., LOL, yes, that is rich. hahaha
Talk about outright lies.
Posted by: Wild Thing at April 9, 2009 07:16 PM
Mark, yes, this is extra bad when
they get away with it. I do so hope
a lot of article will tell about this
and show them up for what they are
Posted by: Wild Thing at April 9, 2009 07:18 PM
Lynn, if Bush oh yesss we would be hearing
about this into boredom. On all the news
many times a day. Good point.
Posted by: Wild Thing at April 9, 2009 07:22 PM
Posted by: Wild Thing at April 9, 2009 07:24 PM