Lefties always criticized Bush for palling around,kissing, and holding hands with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah. I could never stand it either, and neither could other “ring-wingers” such as Michelle Malkin expressed our disgust many times over the years with the Bush administration’s kowtowing to Saudi Arabia King. Now, I wonder if lefties will have the same reaction now that Hussein Obama is kissing up the the Saudi’s? Obama gave the Saudi King a ‘bow’ today (after not even having the decency to give the Queen one).
Even with the boot licking media dismissing this as simply “he dropped something”, and refusing to report on it, the arabs themselves aren’t exactly impressed with the Kenyan Muslim themselves. According to Hotair, Arab News, the recognized media mouthpiece for the Saudi royal family, dismisses Obama in an editorial today as false change:
The so-called new plan is nothing but Bush’s old wine in Obama’s new bottle. So much for the “Change We Can”! Looks like the pundits who mocked our boundless adulation for Obama and celebration of “change in Washington” were right after all. They were right when they insisted that whoever is in charge in Washington, the US foreign policy seldom changes. This is unfortunate considering the great expectations and hopes the new president’s talk of exploring a “new way forward” had spawned across the Muslim world.
Times have certainly changed since 1994, especially in liberal media bias. The Anchoress has discovered that the New York Times sharply criticized Bill Clinton for a mere inclination of his shoulders towards Japanese Emperor Akihito in 1994:
It wasn’t a bow, exactly. But Mr. Clinton came close. He inclined his head and shoulders forward, he pressed his hands together. It lasted no longer than a snapshot, but the image on the South Lawn was indelible: an obsequent President, and the Emperor of Japan.
Canadians still bow to England’s Queen; so do Australians. Americans shake hands. If not to stand eye-to-eye with royalty, what else were 1776 and all that about? …
Guests invited to a white-tie state dinner at the White House (a Clinton Administration first) were instructed to address the Emperor as “Your Majesty,” not “Your Highness” or, worse, “King.” And in what one Administration aide called “some emperor thing,” an Army general was cautioned that he should not address the Emperor Akihito at all as he escorted him to the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.
But the “thou need not bow” commandment from the State Department’s protocol office maintained a constancy of more than 200 years. Administration officials scurried to insist that the eager-to-please President had not really done the unthinkable.
Today, on April 8th, 2009,
“It wasn’t a bow. He grasped his hand with two hands, and he’s taller than King Abdullah,” the aide was quoted as saying by Politco.com Wednesday. And CNN actually put the video on their website (almost a week after it happened). Shocking.
There may be another reason why Hussein and the White House is covering up this bow. Not just the PR hit in America, but according to Wikipedia:
Bowing to other human beings is frowned upon in Muslim cultures as all human beings are considered equal and bowing is only supposed to be done to God in Islam: