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http://www.newsmax.com/insidecover/Obama_bow_king/2009/04/08/201193.html?s=al&promo_code=7DA5-1

Obama Bow to Saudi King Labeled 'Shocking'

Wednesday, April 8, 2009 5:50 PM

By: Jim Meyers Article Font Size

In what's been called a "shocking display of fealty to a foreign potentate," President Barack Obama bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia at the Group of 20 summit meeting in London.

"The bow was an extraordinary protocol violation," The Washington Times observed in an editorial on Tuesday.

"Such an act is a traditional obeisance befitting a king's subjects, not his peer. There is no precedent for U.S. presidents bowing to Saudi or any other royals," the editorial said.

Obama offered King Abdullah a deep and prolonged bow from the waist when he met him at the summit, which brought together the leaders of the world’s largest economies on April 2.

The story about Obama’s unusual gesture has gotten scant media coverage in the United States, but a Spanish TV broadcast was picked up on blogs and has created an Internet stir.

"No Americans of any station are required to bow to royalty," the Times stated. "It is one of the pillars of American exceptionalism that our country rejected traditional caste divisions."

The Times editorial also opined that Obama’s bow "to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques does not help his image with those who believe he is secretly a Muslim, and why he chose to bow only to the Saudi king and not to any other royal remains unexplained."

For instance, Obama did not bow to Queen Elizabeth when he first met her last week in London. Subjects of the crown may bow to the monarch but are not required to do so.

First lady Michelle Obama also broke protocol during the Obamas’ trip abroad when she put her hand on the queen’s back. The move caused a bit of tempest in the British press, but was quelled when the queen put her hand on Michelle in what a Buckingham Palace spokesman described as a "mutual and spontaneous display of affection and appreciation."

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First lady Michelle Obama also broke protocol during the Obamas’ trip abroad when she put her hand on the queen’s back. The move caused a bit of tempest in the British press, but was quelled when the queen put her hand on Michelle in what a Buckingham Palace spokesman described as a "mutual and spontaneous display of affection and appreciation.

I saw video of that, the queen did it first and Michelle Obama just did it back to pose for pictures.

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yea I was in Saudi and all the dudes walk around holding hands..LOL But they don't bow to each other.

I did post this a few days ago when it happened...

I think the the real point is how Bush was in with the Saud's and now Obama is bowing...

Now that's worship!

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Is this the best Obama's opponents can come up with? If so, it's no wonder 2/3 of Americans approve of him.

the Annenberg Foundation took some polls: only a third of Americans can even name the three branches of government, much less say what they do."

I wouldn't put too much faith in the value of public opinion.:D

Ya'll might get what you deserve.;)

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Both presidents aren't/weren't going to PO the saudi prince because of oil and regional stability.

However comma we should be sending a message in the future which is drill domestically build more refineries, use coal, wind, etc and bow to no one when it comes to energy.

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Not surprised. I think this is the other sides way of showing a different tone.

One which I think shows weakness and isn't a good thing, but hey that's just me.

I find it kinda funny how everyone wanted a different tone towards other countries and Obama kinda went in apologizing for bush and bad mouthing america to other countries, and yet nothing got done with the new tone.

but I guess other countries view us better now and that is all that really matters in the end.........holding hands and feeling good about each other :doh:

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Who won? :gap:

I dunno.

I open up these political threads but I hardly ever read them all the way though. I normally don't even get involved either (I do sometimes though) because nothing is really accomplished in them.

It is a good way for me to keep up to day on significant happenings though. I'm glad that I now know that Obama bowed to the Saudi King. Doesn't really change my opinion either way, but at least I'm more well informed.

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Not surprised. I think this is the other sides way of showing a different tone.

One which I think shows weakness and isn't a good thing, but hey that's just me.

I find it kinda funny how everyone wanted a different tone towards other countries and Obama kinda went in apologizing for bush and bad mouthing america to other countries, and yet nothing got done with the new tone.

but I guess other countries view us better now and that is all that really matters in the end.........holding hands and feeling good about each other :doh:

Yeah lets say that the other way has failed after what? 3 months? Diplomacy isn't something that happens overnight. I guess we should label everyone we don't agree with evil and be done with them, but we saw how great that worked in these past 8 years.

Also pointing out faults in our way isn't being weak it is being realistic and intelligent about it. We are not perfect and pointing out those imperfections isn't bad mouthing the United States.

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