UPDATE: Commenter ClearCase_guy at FreeRepublic points out:
“…the US suffered two devastating sneak attacks in the twentieth century. Obama has now performed obeisance before the leaders of both of those countries.”
I pray that’s just a coincidence.
“Crikey, is there a single adult in the White House who can teach the commander-in-chief some presidential protocol?” asks Michelle Malkin. Amen, Michelle. Amen to that.
One might think he had learned his lesson back in April after his greeting to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia created such a brouhaha. But one would be wrong. President Obama is at it again, showing his subservient colors, as he bows to Japan’s Emperor Akihito.
We’ve been told ad nauseum that President Obama is a brilliant man, equal to any situation, attentive to nuances so subtle only he could distinguish them (akin to the way a dog can hear things that we mere humans can’t.) And yet here he goes again, presenting himself (and by extension, his nation) as subordinate to Japan via his full bow its Emperor.
And they can’t palm it off as a mere “diplomatic courtesy” this time either, as was the case when Nixon and Hirohito exchanged slight bows back in 1971. This was a full-fledged grovel. A kow tow. The man practically genuflected.
Either the entire White House protocol office should be fired, or our President simply like to abase himself before foreign heads of state. Or perhaps both.
As Camille Paglia wrote back in April:
Obama’s staffing problems are blatant — from that bleating boy of a treasury secretary to what appears to be a total vacuum where a chief of protocol should be. There has been one needless gaffe after another — from the president’s tacky appearance on a late-night comedy show to the kitsch gifts given to the British prime minister, followed by the sweater-clad first lady’s over-familiarity with the queen and culminating in the jaw-dropping spectacle of a president of the United States bowing to the king of Saudi Arabia. Why was protest about the latter indignity confined to conservatives? The silence of the major media was a disgrace. But I attribute that embarrassing incident not to Obama’s sinister or naive appeasement of the Muslim world but to a simple if costly breakdown in basic command of protocol. [emphasis mine]
It is said that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Perhaps President Obeisance will eventually figure out that the American President does not bow to any other head of state.
But I’m not holding my breath.