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April 03, 2009

Obama Bows to Saudi King

Greeting called 'most unbecoming for president of the United States'


Obama greeted the king of Saudi Arabia with a full bow from the waist yesterday, a move one commentator described as a violation of protocol and not worthy of the office he holds.

"I am quite certain that this is not the protocol, and is most unbecoming a president of the United States," writes Clarice Feldman in an American Thinker commentary.

The situation developed as leaders of the world attending the G20 summit in London assembled for a photograph to mark the event.

In this image, after the king extended his hand while Obama approached, Obama bends from the waist until his head is nearly at the monarch's waist:

The bow comes at about 50 seconds into the video.

The action appeared especially awkward since among the dozens of world leaders and their spouses, handshakes abounded, but there appeared to be no other bowing in the room.


Greetings are highly formalistic
Shaking of hand is often accompanied by touching the arm or the shoulder
Men who are familiar with one another may often embrace at greeting
Relish lavish gifts
Have a strict sense of religion and diet
Men may bring wives to the United States, however, in Saudi Arabia, they remain unseen
Cherish long, close business friendships
Harbor a disdain for the US business custom of changing sales/marketing representatives
Dogs are not commonly household pets
Good topics: history, culture, and respect fore the Islamic faith
Bad topics: any blasphemy, Israel, and the role of women

Proper Business Etiquette in Saudi Arabia

Use your hands carefully. Use your right hand when doing anything in public to practice proper business etiquette in Saudi Arabia (e.g., handshaking). Keep from gesturing with your hands a lot or pointing at anything, especially to the soles of people’s shoes or feet. This is considered very rude behavior. Get used to people being in your personal space and refrain from pulling or jerking back when someone touches you. It is customary to touch and stand close to one another.

Business and Social Customs in Saudi Arabia

Saudi custom regarding greetings is rather ritualized. When entering a meeting full of people, a Saudi will greet each person individually with a handshake while standing. The same is expected of visitors. Learning some appropriate Arabic phrases for such occasions is appreciated.

Wild Thing's comment.......

The Founders of this great nation weep.

I remember how it creeped me out when Dubya held his hand then I learned something from a video I saw of what had happened. I watched the entire video of that event, the Saudi king first totters and then reaches out his hand to President Bush.

What Obama has done iby bowing is total SUBMISSION. The dignity of America is thoroughly and deliberately trashed by Obama. He’s so embarrassing. I can’t stand it. There’s something new every day.

And another thing most of the hijackers and murderers on 9/11 were Saudis.

LOOK at this!

Saudi King Bans Kissing of His Hand

Los Angeles Times

September 12, 2005

The new Saudi king has ordered citizens not to kiss his hand, saying the traditional gesture of
respect is degrading and violates Islam.

"Kissing hands is alien to our values and morals, and is not accepted by free and noble souls," Abdullah told a delegation from Baha, in southwest Saudi Arabia, which came to the royal palace to offer congratulations on his accession. "It also leads to bowing, which is a violation of God's law. The faithful bow to no one but God."

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

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Posted by Wild Thing at April 3, 2009 07:50 AM


As President of the United States, Obama put our nation in submission to the King of Saudi Arabia.

The news media is saying the European leaders didn't like Bush. Well, that's because Bush wouldn't submit to them. But, now they love Obama because he's submitting to them, just like Clinton did.

Posted by: BobF at April 3, 2009 09:27 AM

I hate this posturing to Saudi Arabia. It just reafirms my belief that Obama is a muslim at heart.

I am also unhappy with America's cozy relationship with Saudi. Yes, they give us important military basing on their soil. However, we are also protecting the from Iran as we protected them from Sadam.

However, Saudi fund madrasses throughout the world including in America. The curriculum in these schools is anti the West. The 9-11 terrorists were probably madrass products.

Someday, if we survive fools like Obama, America will develop it's own energy resources to the point we can tell Saudi Arabia to shove sideways up their ass.

Posted by: TomR at April 3, 2009 09:43 AM

Utterly disgusting behavior. Will the muzzy anal wart visit Mecca and Medina too? I'm not at all optimistic about energy independence, not when all attempts to independence are thwarted and cockamamie ideas are substituted that take more energy than they produce.

Posted by: Jack at April 3, 2009 05:12 PM

I am with you on this. I am very discusted with him. I have never heard or seen a sitting US president bow to anyone. But we must consider the source. And obama mama touching the Queen, not on for sure.

Posted by: Old Soldier at April 3, 2009 05:36 PM

BobF., your absolutely right. Bush took a stand
when it wasn't popular and Obama is mush,
muslim mush. The USA has always lead the
way and now with Obama he wants us to be
just one of the many. It is so heart breaking.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 3, 2009 06:42 PM

DS Tanner told us in BCT our job on humamitarian missions is to go in and start "Kissing Hands and Shaking Babies." LOL. But seriously this is embarrassing. To insult the British Crown and now act subservient to the saudi crown, to "talk" to russia and china and "reach" out to the terrorists an never missing a chance to try and sell us out to never miss an opportunity to cut down the U.S.A. and Her People and undercut The U.S. Military and insulting the U.S.A. in FRANCE!!!! God he is such an arrogant coward.

Posted by: JohnE PFC U.S. Army at April 3, 2009 06:45 PM

Tom, I want that so much, I long for the day we
tell Saudi to shove it.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 3, 2009 06:46 PM

Jack, yes that is just what is happening. We
won't hear much anymore at all about being
independent on oil or anything.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 3, 2009 06:49 PM

Old Soldier, I agree, thank you. He did some
bashing of our country today. He just
has no love for America, not even a

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 3, 2009 06:55 PM

JohnE PFC U.S. Army, yessss you are so
right. I am going to write about what
he did in France in a post for tomorrow,
I am so disgusted with this America hating

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 3, 2009 06:58 PM

I am not a founding father,to weep is to show weakness-this sorry SOB has no idea.

Posted by: Chief at April 3, 2009 11:38 PM

B. Hussein, bowed to a Muslim supporter of terrorists but did not bow nor did Mamabama curtsy for Queen Elizabeth. Instead Mamabana showed disrespect for the Queen by putting her arm around her.

Posted by: Bob A at April 4, 2009 09:32 AM

wow!! the president of the united states bowing down to The House of Saud Monachy and to Mecca. I guess the women,children,mothers,fathers,husbands,wifes,infants are resting in peace under 60 feet of dirt in their graves in the world trade center thanking Obama for finally asking the forgivness of the house of Saud and Islam and also the magificent 19 plane hijackers who were all saudis.
Now Obama needs to make america and look towards MECCA. The queen of england got a nod and House of Saud got a DEEEP Bow and respect. Pity the USA

Posted by: jkkkjk at April 10, 2009 11:36 PM