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Watch the video -- yesterday the White House Press Secretary denied that Obama bowed to Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, and was simply bending over to shake hands. Funny...I've seen him shake hands with all kinds of people over the last couple years, and never saw this happen.

I've been around the world and seen a lot of things -- to include living in Japan where bowing is an art form. When you bend forward at the waist to an almost horizontal position, you're bowing -- especially if you're showing humility by looking at the ground in the process.

The idea of our President grovelling to the king of Saudi Arabia -- one of the world's more brutal regimes -- is offensive enough. But what offends me most is the fact that rather than admit that he was naiively trying to be polite instead of thinking what the gesture might mean, he thinks that he can just tell the country that it didn' t happen and people will believe it. If he expects us to believe a stretcher that obvious and outlandish, what else is he trying to put past us?

Don't pee down my back and tell me it's raining.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEUif1--r38

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Truthfully expat I don't care that he bowed. When in Rome etc etc. Protocol is what it is. What bothers me is that the administration seems to have no problem saying he didn't when in fact he did. Why would you need to lie over such a small thing? It's another example of this administrations wilingness to trash the truth anytime it happens to be convenient. This is why I don't believe them on the big stuff.

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Maybe he was just trying to get a better look at the king's shoes? Think

What's really crazy is that he didn't give the same courtesy to the Queen - and they're our allies! Lying about it is even more crazy. Did he forget there were a lot of cameras on him?

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As I said, I've spent a lot of time in Japan, so I see things in this bow that a lot of people don't.

Bowing is a token of humility. The deeper the bow, the deeper the humility. When people bow to each other, the subordinate bows deeper than the superior. In a way, it's rooted in the idea that you're exposing your neck to the monarch. Dropping eye contact in the really deep bows is important because it symbolizes complete surrender (vs keeping your eye on the other person while you're doing it). That's why, in the opening bow of a martial arts competition, opponents don't break eye contact.

In light of that, note how low Obama goes in his bow, and how he completely drops his eyes (and his face) in the process -- and how much of that Abdullah reciprocates. On the other hand, not only does he give little more than a head nod to the British Monarch, he barely lowers his eyes -- and only for an instant. At least Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip acknowledged his head nod with nods of their own.

But he shouldn't be humilitating himself like that at all -- he's a peer to these people, and leader of the world's most powerful nation. I guarantee you the rest of the world saw that bow for what it was -- a sign of weakness.

Nevertheless, as much as all that bugs me, insulting the intelligence of the people he claims to serve is worse.

Here's another video take on the same event -- comparing the level of respect afforded Queen Elizabeth and that given to King Abdullah.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gJtIss7xso&feature=related

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You all should just cut and paste from the Sean Hannity show, notice Glen Beck was off the radio yesterday but his replacement was all over this.

Actually Obama was bending at the waist so to show his backside to the cameras, (that means you) Something to do with all the tea party phenomena. Think about that as you watch replay after replay.

Was this on Fox too? I don't watch TV but I assume the message machine is well coordinated.

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Sarcasm...ridicule...more derision toward media sources that actually dare to discuss something that reflects poorly on the Dear Leader. Guess you have nothing to contribute to this one, either?

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pangolin wrote:
You all should just cut and paste from the Sean Hannity show, notice Glen Beck was off the radio yesterday but his replacement was all over this.

Actually Obama was bending at the waist so to show his backside to the cameras, (that means you) Something to do with all the tea party phenomena. Think about that as you watch replay after replay.

Was this on Fox too? I don't watch TV but I assume the message machine is well coordinated.

In all of your moronic idiocy you seem to forget that Obama also represents you.
All of expatriates observations are correct. Anyone who has taken even basic
karate is taught what a bow is and the differing Bows and how to do it.
It is clear from the video that he bowed, even almost kneeling, so why deny it?
Furthermore, in expatriates observations he never once quoted Hannity or Becks' stand-in nor did he credit either with anything. Why did you?
Is that what Steven Colbert or Bill Maher told you to do?
You don't have an opinion about Obama Bowing do You? You just want to pick the opposite opinion of what expatriate stated was his don't you?

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Is this a bow.

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smooch!

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You don't get it do you pangolin? The White House is denying that Obama bowed. Why deny it? Say he did it and be done with it.

That's some crude photoshopping there. I could have done better. Shall we slap together some unflattering images of your dear leader as well?

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In the photo titled subservientcowardbowsl.jpg, it is not a Bow, The former President is receiving a medallion that is worn around the neck.

Is that all you got?
Pitiful.

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