How low, can you go?
Down, down, down.
American president does not know protocol. Still. After his embarassing display the first time while bowing to the Saudi King Abdullah. A clear violation of American presidential protocol previously, one would think he would have learned that lesson after the first offense. Then again, his Muslim roots were probably reflexive at that time. But again, and this time to Japanese royalty? Repeatedly?!
Bear in mind, bowing demonstrates reverence and subservience.
American Presidents do not bow to royalty. In fact, heads of state do not bow or genuflect to each other in the normal course of diplomacy. At least, they didn’t until this amateur came into office and failed to learn from the first time he did it.
NYT in 1994 looked up the protocol to check on the little thing that President Bill Clinton did with Japanese Emperor Akihito, when ”he inclined his head and shoulders forward, he pressed his hands together.”
But the “thou need not bow” commandment from the State Department’s protocol office maintained a constancy of more than 200 years.
Presidents don’t bow, and Emperors don’t toast,” one official said.
A modicum of respect is critical in diplomacy. But full lumbosacral flexion is a different issue altogether. Newsbusters asks an appropriate question.
…why is Obama violating it, and why aren’t America’s media excoriating him for doing so?
“President Barack Obama bows to Emperor Akihito of Japan.”
Image courteys of http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2009/11/14/obama-bows-emperor-la-times-asks-how-low-will-he-go.
Barack Obama bows to Japan’s Emperor Akihito
November 14, 2009
Collection of previous Bow posts below too.