From The LA Times:
How low will the new American president go for the world's royalty?
This photo will get Democrat President Obama a lot of approving nods in Japan this weekend, especially among the older generation of Japanese who still pay attention to the royal family living in its downtown castle. Very low bows like this are a sign of great respect and deference to a superior.
To some in the United States, however, an upright handshake might have looked better. RememberMichelle Obama casually patting Britain's Queen Elizabeth on the back during their Buckingham Palace visit? America's royalty tends to make movies and get bad reviews and lots of money as a sign of respect.
Is there no one left in the State Department who can give the Naked Emperor a clue? After bowing to the Saudi King, you think Obama would have learned that the President of The United State, leader of FREE men and women, does not bow to royalty from anywhere.
I think Obama and his administration must have thought the outrage of his bowing to the Saudi king had everything to do with the guy being Saudi and nothing to do with respecting his position as a leader of free people. Perhaps they will all learn after this, but don’t hold you breath.
By the way, Politico is reporting that Obama labeled himself as “America’s first Pacific president”. At this stage he might as well bill himself as anything he likes, because one thing is for sure he is pretty foreign when it comes to being an American.
Via: The La Times