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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Friendship, respect and trust

Will someone explain why one sitting president bowing to the Emperor of Japan on Japanese soil is so terrible when another sitting president holding hands with the Prince of Saudi Arabia on American soil wasn't?

When President Bush held hands with Prince Abdullah, we learned that it was a sign of "friendship, respect and trust." It looked a little weird, but I was okay with it because I believed that president was being sincere.

So, now, we have President Obama bowing to the Emperor of Japan. I'm not sure what exactly that means, other than a Japanese custom, but it must have something to do with friendship, respect and trust. Why, then, is everyone all up in arms about this?

Posted by Marie at November 14, 2009 10:56 PM


It's hard to believe that Obama has been president for less than 10 months and that already he's to blame for so much, including America's surrender to Japan in World War II.

Let's face it: The people who get really upset about this would also be angry if Obama had decided to shoot the emperor as a gesture of American national pride. They would have criticized his choice of gun, the way he held it, his aim, and his failure to say, "You feeling lucky, punk?" before dispatching the symbolic potentate.

Posted by: Dan at November 15, 2009 11:29 AM

I tend to think it was a bit of a gaffe, more as a matter of degree(it was a very deep bow), but I also think it's being blown out of proportion. A slight mutual bow has been and is a fairly common greeting among leaders and is just a sign of respect. President Obama took it a little too far I think. It's not the end of the world.

Posted by: Dave E. at November 16, 2009 7:10 PM