Though he seems a natural at humbling himself before foreign powers, he continues to sharpen his beta-leader skills through practice. This time it's Japan.
John Steele Gordon
The President Who Grovels
Could someone in the Chief of Protocol’s Office at the State Department please tell Barack Obama that heads of state do not bow to other heads of state? And for the head of state of the country founded on the idea that “all men are created equal,” that goes double. [. . .]Get used to it, and just be grateful he hasn't gotten down on both knees yet. Though he fancies himself a cosmopolite, he's ignorant of protocol as well as history, and views national pride, like guns and religion, as an opiate of the masses.
Now he has bowed, extravagantly, to Emperor Akihito of Japan. The Los Angeles Times called it a “wow bow” in its headline and asked “How low will he go?”
President Obama goes abroad apologizing for the supposed sins of a country that defended and extended freedom around the world at a staggering cost in lives and treasure and then grovels before the man whose country has yet to apologize for the Rape of Nanking.
As my mother used to say, “Pardon me while I throw up.”
The LA Times has the video. See if you can count the smaller bows.
Dan Riehl gets it:
When not making gaffes due to a sputtering teleprompter, it seems boy king O-Bow-Now's handlers simply point him at the latest thug king or emperor with instructions to bow down as low as he possibly can. [. . .]RTR. See Bill Kristol on that "first Pacific president" claim (part of Obama's obligatory "it's all about me" moment) and Mark Steyn for the pun I want to steal but won't. Memeorandum has lots more.
There was a recent headline claiming O-Bow-Now was America's first Pacific POTUS. I stop short of that, simply referring to him as our first un-American head executive. Obviously O-Bow-Now doesn't have a clue what it means to be one, let alone its president.
*Update: Michelle Malkin has photos showing how other world leaders greet the emperor.
Linked at Michelle Malkin (buzzworthy)
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