Skip to comments.Why is he bowing to the Japanese Emperor Akihito?
Posted on 11/13/2009 9:10:01 PM PST by STARWISE
The problem is they see this ignorant bat eared freak and see us in the same light. No good can come from this.
Exactly, now it is SOP. Of course the WH is on record for saying it wasn't a bow. The web of lies continues...
Ha...I was thinking more of Bruce Lee correcting his student in ‘Enter The Dragon’
The bow in Japan is not , contrary to Western conventional thought, a gesture of submission. According to Japanese tradition, the human body has three "zones" . Heaven ( from the shoulders up) Man (from Shoulders to hip)and Earth ( from the hips down.) When one bows in Japan, one offers the highest of the body in respect, the heaven aspect. Obama is indeed as you say, prostrating himself, and Akihito Samma, is not bowing even a little, either because he i s surprised, or because he does not respect Obama.The real key is the empress, who is not bowing even a little.
They do not respect Obama enough to bow even a little.This is done with feeling in Japan, and is spontaneous.It is a thing involving a type of perception very different to Westernern cultural ettiquette. A genuine bow can actually be felt in the heart. And Akihito knows this bow is all show.No heart. That is likely why he does not return Obama's bow, even a little.Nor does the Empress. Obama , intent on being the skillful inter cultural president, shows here that he knows nothing of Japanese culture.Before one bows there is a brief glance at the eyes of the person to whom one bows, a spark. This is what Obama is missing, or they both would be bowing back.
Secondly, Obama should have bowed before he shook hands, in the proper way, with his hands on his upper thigh, and he should not have bowed so deeply, because he is not a Japanese subject... a slow respectful bow of 45 to 50 degrees would have been required in his case, if Obama knew the correct protocol, which he obviously does not. So it is a false submissive bow of a man who has little honor in the way of Japanese thinking. A man who wants something. A man not to be trusted.
Obama did not fool the Imperial couple even one little bit, and they are strained to remain polite, humoring Obama as it were. Patronizing conduct gets one no where fast in Japan. Generally Japanese folks know a genuine bow from a false one by the way it feels, a form of perception which few Westerners experience, but still some do.
Obama has idiots for protocol officers, or alteratively, he did not listen to what they had to say about it.
Obama would have been much better off simply shaking hands, instead of this empty, false bow, completely off in its lack of genuiness. The bow of a snake.
I predict that Obama will make little progress with his diplomatic agenda in Japan, he will give much, and receive little in return.
Quite right. The real message he just sent to the Japanese, who aren't oblivious to political gamesmanship, is that 0ba-Mao looks upon their Emperor as nothing more than a convenient stage prop for points in a domestic image issue.
he dropped a contact
What he lacks in diplomacy he makes up in bowing.
He has shamed all of us with our best friends in the world.
Notice how both the Heisei Emperor and Michiko-sama are laughing at him (as are everyone else who has half a clue about Japanese culture).
This is the most humiliating picture I've ever seen of Obama.
I am doing just that, eyedigress. I couldn't be more pleased with how he is navigating the horrors of middle-school and being an honor roll student (mom brag). He studies WWII on his own because it is one of his main interests. We've been attending Veteran's Day and Memorial Day ceremonies since he's been able to walk. It hurts my heart sometimes that I have to help him navigate through these tough times when I think of how easy it seemed when I was growing up. I do have a perspective on history, but with 0bama, it just seems more sinister.
He’s giving us the finger again. It’s his “in your face” MO.
I’ve done business in Japan for several years and basically obama showed everyone in Japan what an ass he is. He may get away with it though, just because he’s obama and was not doing this in a mocking way. Nothing will likely be said publically because that would be rude.
Um, no. You do not bow like that in Japan unless it is to a clear superior. Do not. (Or you're drunk and departing on your separate ways before the Last Train).
It's a ridiculous posture for an American President to take. But it gives me just the slightest doubt about his bowing to the Saudi King.
You're right again. It wasn't just bloggers and talking heads ole Baghdad Bob Gibbs said that too. I forgot about that.
I’m most certain your child will be proud of himself and respectful of others. His God and his Family are first. His Country is a product of that. I wish your family well.
Excellent post, thanks.
We’ll see this picture again when obama runs for re-election. Along with the saudi pic.
Is Hillary in charge of the State briefings? Maybe this is Hillary's revenge! "He may have won the Presidency, but I'm going to make him bow down every chance I get."
That's my take. I lived about 4 1/2 years in Japan.
I agree with you. Not only is it humiliating as you say, it is also degrading. In a country that values “face” or saving face so very highly, the Japanese must not only be somewhat surprised by Obama’s intentional loss of face, but also his naivete’,stupidity and immaturity. God help us.
He has no honor in this Americans way of thinking. But you are right about the Japanese. They will just see him as a submissive boob. So will those nut jobs in the middle east. Obama is a dangerous disgrace. Man of the world my ass.
Thank you for all that great info...
The Japanese are polite people and honor and protocol is important to them...
Although they would not have pointed out his error to himm...
Barry would have “lost face” with them when he did that...
This is how a real American president greeted the Emperor.
LOL! That’s the DU reply. Idiots
Wtf? First the Saudi king, now the Japanese emperor??
The discreet knee-bend did not escape me. He would’ve hit the floor if his tiny mind, huge ego and evil faith were sans camera.
Thank you for your insightful explanation.
My knowledge of the subject is derived more from business dealings, not diplomacy, but one look at the picture said something was ~really~ wrong.
We are still out here. Welcome to America. Where did you come from?
Its a parody of a very deeply significant gesture in Japan. A mockery of Japanese culture, whether Obama intended that or not. Few Japanese have the privilege of bowing to the Emperor, and if this photo makes the news in Japan, it will be seen as a veiled insult, especially by the more conservative elements in Japan.
At this level of diplomacy, the game is played for keeps.
Obama has blown his whole visit.
The strange thing is he has no African American ancestry, but bows more deeply than any American slave ever did.
Thank you for your kind words. We are doing are best in this seemingly upside down world. God, family, country are priorities.
The Japanese not only have the #2 economy in the world, they have been our best friends since the war.
I will never forget Araw ng Kagitingan, but that was in another era and I can forgive their descendents.
Other than genetic cluelessness?
Actually, he was reared in a culture where bowing was automatic and a priority.
Nevertheless, he’s a traitorous idiot in his use of it in Office.
That makes me proud as well. Reagan was a great man.
Obama even made an issue of how wearing a flag pin was not appropiate for him but now he is bowing to foreign leaders. He is pathetic and sick, imo.
Obama is a hamster. But he is a dangerous hamster.
I was taught that an American bows to no man!
At least one of the Japanese in the audience has the measure of Obummer, and knows what to do when being in proximity to him is unavoidable.
Body language experts call this bow the “Overcompensation Bow”.
It’s best used after bowing to a Saudi King to make sure you now look like you bow to everbody.
Pros: Japanese leaders are much shorter and he might throw out his back.
Cons: He now has to bow to every leader in the world...and that suff is supposed to happen behind closed doors after long-winded Apologia.
Well , I have been living here in Japan for 24 years and I can tell you that he is definitely prosrating himself . It’s obvious Akihito and his wife had no intention of bowing and were taken aback but amused by Obama’s emptyheaded gesture .
Michiko-sama is Rolling On The Floor Laughing her kimono off.
Exactly. You can see both the Emperor and his wife have their eyes fixed on Obama and are suprised and amused by his behvior.
thanks for the picture of Reagan doing it right.
Hope we can find another one like him for 2012 to roll back the crap like Reagan did in ‘80 when he rolled back the crap of the previous 4 miserable, embarassing years under James Earl Carter. And don’t tell me Newt is the man because I hold him directly responsible for the mess we find ourselves in now.
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