The Right has more outbreaks of faux outrage over President Obama and his bowing or appearing to bow or possibly thinking about bowing then the average teen has of acne. Lawyers, Guns and Money has some historical photos of presidents bowing to various dignitaries and heads of state, The Dwight D. Eisenhower Bowing Hour!. Sadly, No! also has some photos of Bush bowing – Their Memories Are Even Shorter Than Their Johnsons. A pundit from the L.A. Times, apparently in a cranky mood that mom forgot to bring his hot coco writes,
Obama’s breach of protocol is of a piece with the substance of his foreign policy. He means to teach Americans to bow before monarchs and tyrants. He embodies the ideological multiculturalism that sets the United States on the same plane as other regimes based on tribal privilege and royal bloodlines. He gives expressive form to the idea that the United States now willingly prostrates itself before the rest of the world. He declares that the United States is a country like any other, only worse, because we have so much for which to apologize.
Wrong on both counts. President Obama did not apologize for anything and did not breach any protocol. On the contrary bowing in Japan is a custom. One generally respected by visitors, Guide to Bowing
If you plan to live in Japan, bowing will become part of your daily routine–but these will be mostly casual, shallow bows that are more like exaggerated head nods. And the type of bowing most foreigners do is casual, polite bowing to someone who has provided a service or gift.
Bowing shouldn’t be looked upon as a sign of deference or submissiveness. It’s simply a way of showing respect–to customs, traditions, and people.
Holding hands apparently is not the least bit muticultural.
The Pope is a religious figure but he is also head of state of a few square miles of land called the Vatican. Bush is not Catholic, why didn’t the Right, suddenly experts on foreign protocol manufacture some outrage over Bush, ” He gives expressive form to the idea that the United States now willingly prostrates itself before the rest of the world. He declares that the United States is a country like any other, only worse, because we have so much for which to apologize.” – Powerline Blog writing about Obama’s bow in Japan. So Powerline would agree that Bush’s bow to the Pope was a way for conservatives to “prostrate” the U.S. to the world.
Why Did Bush, who was commander-in-chief “prostrate” the U.S. military to the Pope on his arrival by having them salute a foreign head of state.
Never listen to a political movement’s lectures on appropriate behavior that thinks its perfectly fine to grope foreign heads of state.