Skip to comments.Cambodia's First Lady Gives President Obama a "Sampeah" Greeting - Usually Reserved for Servants
Posted on 11/22/2012 1:24:47 PM PST by DogByte6RER
Bun Rany, Cambodia's first lady, gives President Obama a "sampeah" greeting at a tilt usually reserved for servants.
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In other news ... President Barack Obama reportedly spent his time in Cambodia performing house cleaning and landscaping duties at the Cambodian president's palace.
What a disgrace this pRESIDENT is. Is that a Mao shirt?
The “takers” have given us the jerk - along with the “asleep” normally Conservative non - voters.
This is false. There is no ‘servant’ greeting. I just asked my wife, who is from Laos, the neighboring country. Her family actually has servants. I’ve lived in Laos and visited Cambodia.
No matter how much we want it to be true, this is false.
Servant????....well....Willie Jeff hisself said it....
“reserved for servants” does not appear in the article being linked.
The arrogant fool doesn’t even suspect he is being mocked.
Hussein *is* a servant, a public servant.
It sounds like you might have a good op-ed letter to rebut at IBD ...
“On his trip to Cambodia, a country he claimed didn’t deserve a visit due to its strongman government, first lady Bun Rany greeted Obama with a traditional “sampeah” pressed-hands greeting reserved for servants, a little dig that was probably lost on him but not to Asians.”
According to Wikipedia it is a way of showing respect... ok so far. But then it adds “The higher the hands, the more respect is shown”. Look back at the pic and tell me who is showing respect to whom! Shameful.
He still sucks...and so do the folks who put him there..
He still sucks...and so do the folks who put him there..
"...did she ask for a cup of coffee?"
Does anyone else here agree with me that American Presidents should not “go native” when they visit other countries? I mean, specifically, that they should not wear the local clothing, like Zero is doing in that pic? It makes me sick. I think even W did it and I couldn’t stand it then, either.
This is a separate issue from behavioral codes of conduct. There are certain rules of protocol that include showing respect for certain cultural traditions, like when it is considered inappropriate to kiss a woman or to pat Queen Elizabeth on the back and so on. But when it comes to a president bowing before any other public official, that offends our culture and is going too far.
Yes, I don’t disagree with you on that. I just don’t want us to be suckers to fake outrage. We got suckered in the election by pundits and pollsters and newsbytes. Not anymore.
You are correct about the higher hand position denoting greater respect to the person being greeted.
According to the link below there are five distinct presentations of the Khmer sampeah greeting which can be loosely described as caste based. Follow the link to see the flash video of Khmer examples.
"Pardon me, boy... is this the Transylvania station?
Yah, yah! Track twenty-nine... oh, can I give you a shine?
Bender, you nasty... nasty boy!
Even here in Spain, Bend... that's nasty, nasty, nasty!
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, Bendy! If only... you were a 4-Star General!
Paula, don't be bitchy! Ain't a Pharaohbot... good enough?
Oh good thing Barky had on those gloves to protect his baby soft hands from that nasty old shovel! Looks way more natural when he’s hanging up curtains.
Work gloves....Good grief....and that face....like he’s gotta think real hard about what he’s doing.
Bill....Kim and I danced all night long. He was constantly pressing really close to me. I loved it.
Note that both She and the Guy are laughing at the Idiot while he is solmn and stone faced!
I thought he went there in search of “shovel ready” jobs?
Here it is:
We sure did get suckered..
I don't think so. I think they were going bowling after the greeting was over.
W did not do it as a rule on foreign visits. The exception is for the APEC summits where there is a photo op for all attendees wearing the native dress of whatever country hosts it in a given year, so W did get photographed in a Chinese tunic made from some goofy-looking fabric. When the US has hosted the summit, I don’t know what we used as “traditional dress” for the event but it would be funny to see Putin in a hula skirt with flowers in his hair or a Hopi clown outfit with painted legs.
Picture looks obviously photo shopped,
Been here for 7 years in the bordering country and never seen anyone "wai" a servant. Considering most "servants" are here illegally and from a country not very respected.
Western folks are NOT expected to wai, but sometimes it can be a "nice" gesture if done PROPERLY!
As stated before, the higher the hand goes up, more respect is being shown. Which is exactly why western people should NOT do. A wrong gesture is far worse than no gesture.
What cracks me up about this picture is the smile on the face of whats his name in the middle. I assure you, he is laughing AT Obama not with him.
Bowbama bowing yet again...in a Mao shirt!
Ask your wife about a high wai and a low wai. I live Thailand and there is most definitely a difference. Low wai is for children, etc. High wai is a sign of respect/superior.
Foreigners that wai children with the hands at nose level look ridiculous. Everybody snickers although they hide it. Servants and children, hands move down lower. Mid chest is lowest. Wai an adult of equal or higher social level at that hand level is an insult.
wai to go, brocko — you’re a piece of work (or something)
Anybody have any info on this?
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