Skip to comments.Obama bows down to Saudi King
Posted on 04/02/2009 8:19:47 AM PDT by rdb3
April 02, 2009
|I am quite certain that this is not the protocol, and is most unbecoming a President of the United States.
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Mark Whittington: Obama Bows to the Saudi King
Associated Content ^ | 4/3/2009 | Mark Whittington
Posted on April 3, 2009 4:47:23 PM PDT by kellynla
President Barack Obama has stirred yet another controversy when he appeared to bow to the King of Saudi Arabia during the recent G20 Economic Summit. The appropriateness of an elected President bowing before an absolute monarch has been questioned.
The writer Mark Steyn suggested, rather caustically, “So let me see if I understand American protocol in the age of Obama: The First Lady hugs Queen Elizabeth as if she’s some granny at a seniors’ center photo-op, but the President of this republic prostrates himself before King Abdullah as if he’s a subject of the Saudi pseudo-Crown.”
While the behavior of Michelle Obama toward the Queen of England was considered by some to be overly familiar, Barack Obama bowing before the King of Saudi Arabia seems to be obsequious in the extreme. Under no circumstances is it expected or even permitted for an American citizen to bow before any foreign monarch. This is especially true of the elected President of the United States.
It seems strange that the allegedly naïve and boorish President George W. Bush knew this, whereas the sophisticated and worldly President Barack Obama does not. Americans fought a revolution, after all, so that they would not have to bow down before any monarch. One wonders what the men who fought at Lexington-Concord, Saratoga, and Yorktown would have thought of President Obama bowing before the King of Saudi Arabia. In the Middle East especially, the act of bowing indicates submission and acknowledgment of that the person being bowed to is the master. President Obama by bowing to the King of Saudi Arabia acknowledged him as his sovereign. Indeed, President Obama may well have acknowledged the Saudi King as our sovereign, by an interpretation of local custom.
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“wait doesnt islam mean submission?”
I think it’s their word for peace that really means submission...they connect the two.
LOVE it! Thanks!
I don’t get it
The media still discusses Michelle’s foopah of touching the queen’s back but no mention of Barack’s bowing to the Saudi thug.
total black out isn’t it and very sad
It’s because the mediascum are in bed with leftists; they ARE lefists, and are just as guilty as the perps they lie about.
Bowed? Perhaps he thought he was in Japan or China where such a greeting is a cultural thing. Otherwise, I’m at a loss for words. How does he regain his presence and authority of position after that? (It surely set a tone for the remainder of the meeting.)
What’s really disappointing is, even Drudge has this one blacked out.
Drudge of the blue dress story.
Sitting silent on his hands. Alongside the entire US left.
‘Islam’ is a command meaning ‘submit’ (by choice or the sword).
The root letters are slm, which can also transform into ‘salaam.’ This word can mean ‘peace’ (and is related to ‘shalom,’ since both Hebrew and Arabic are Semitic languages). However, go to thefreedictionary.com and look up ‘salaam.’ ‘Making salaam’ is specific, and means ‘deference’ or ‘obeisance’ or ‘homage.’ There is a specific practice of bowing and taking the other hand and placing it on the forehead.
Wake me up when it's over.
He doesn't. He's prostrating the US to the Islamic world on purpose.
Amazing << Hear this. Feel this, and tell me that this isn't music.
You're right. Yeah, I think so too. He doesn't regain his presence because he doesn't want to. And this after years of hearing from the left how Bush was beholden to the Saudis because of oil. Sigh.
I wonder what it would cost to commission a like statue of this revealing choice Obama has made, and put it right out in front of the same taco stand, so no one can complain that a president who grovels on bent knee gets preferential treatment to a genocidal dictator.
"You are not the President. No one who leads so many could possibly kneel so quickly" - General Zod
They have a video circulating on the Internet too.
It looks to me that the video was taken from a different angle than the picture. Some are trying to say they were looking at something that dropped on the floor, but the video leaves no doubt that he bowed to the king.
I hear in Hitler's day many stopped making fun of him because his evil was too great to laugh at anymore. Laugh at this two legged cockroach anyways by clicking on the picture. (Huge teleprompter gag thread)
The DU thinks he dropped something on the floor. It was probably his little Muhanmmed rabbit’s foot.
Good find. We are so screwed with this butt-wipe
My father refused to shake hands with a particularly reprehensible American politician who was working a rope line of fellow teachers during a campaign in Michigan. I wonder how my father would have reacted to a tyrant monarch.
He sure as hell wouldn't have embraced him or bowed to him, I can tell you that.
Ahhh yes, I believe it is a democratic presidential philosophy that America must demonstrate it’s subservance to other countries... Anyone remember Clinton wanting to dip the American flag on a US Navy vessel to the chinese government?
Absolutely no doubt whatsoever. Note the position of the hands in this example from Japan, and compare them to the video.
It was a Larry Sinclair kind of bow.
I emailed drudge about it.
Ya know why the MSM media isnt showing this picture?
BECAUSE THERE IS SOMETHING REALLY EFFIN’ BAD ABOUT IT AND THEY ARE DOING A DISSERVICE TO THIS COUNTRY by SUPPRESSING IT.
The media is the fifth column enemy of we the people ... they are protecting thier Marxist messiah by not showing the truth about this affirmative action fraud-in-chief.
Well, you won’t offend Islam with that visual ... Sikhs maybe, but not Islam.
I thought Sikhs hated Islam. Why would they be offended?
You are doing well with the teleprompter O’ Evil One. LOL
And stupid -- not quite. Glib, on occasion, yes. But as for brains, he might be one-third as smart as he thinks he is, and as everyone throughout his wretched pampered phony life so far has assured him he is. What many observers mistake for intellect is nothing more than cunning -- of the low and short-sighted type, centered around self-preservation, that characterizes vermin.
With a little luck, however, his arrogance will trip him up. We need to help create that luck.
The Washington Times
EDITORIAL: Barack takes a bow. The president shows fealty to a Muslim king
In a shocking display of fealty to a foreign potentate, President Obama bowed to Saudi King Abdullah at the Group of 20 summit in London last week.
The bow was an extraordinary protocol violation. 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.
No Americans of any station are required to bow to royalty. It is one of the pillars of American exceptionalism that our country rejected traditional caste divisions.
Mr. Obama is proving that one can be elected president without knowing how to behave presidentially. His servile gesture was fully fitting with the tone of his humility tour of Europe. In his eagerness to be loved personally, the president has lost sight of the fact that the leader of the free world also must be respected.
According to Fox News yesterday (the 7th), the White House said he was double handshaking to a smaller person. Yeah right! The Queen is much shorter than the Saudi King and Odumbo didn’t bend over. It was a bow with one bended knee. Not even a low bow by itself. It was a subservient bow. Not sure what they were laughing about - maybe he missed the hand but it WAS a bow otherwise the White House would say it was “x” and not what they did.
According to the White House, he's "only" doing a double handshake to a shorter person.
I agree w/ you. I hadn’t watched the video (no u-tube at work) when i first posted.
Wow, and he looks like a total Democrat Dork doing it!
Its not even a question of if he bowed or not of course he did and to lie about it is just plain silly and nefarious.
The real question is why did Obama lie about bowing? If Obama and his administration are willing to lie when they are doing something right in front of the Whole World Watching, then just think how much more so they lie about the big things. The Obama defenders claim this is a trivial matter. Ok, lets assume it is. Then why did Obama and his administration lie about a trivial matter?
This is knee jerk lying at a pathological level, even besting the Clintons.
So we have firmly established that this president and his administration will lie about ANYTHING to include the very thing he is doing right in front of our faces. Then why should we not then assume he is most certainly lying about major issues such as his Long Form Birth Certificate or whether or not he is even a legal POTUS and not a USURPER.
What is really disturbing about this is that this president and his administration take America to be a bunch of chumps. Its an insult to the intelligence of the American people.
We can safely assume that anything this president and his administration tell us from here on out is one big fat fabrication and lie.