Skip to comments.Mark Whittington: Obama Bows to the Saudi King
Posted on 04/03/2009 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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"appeared?" As we all know, it has been proven, without a doubt, that Hussein DID in fact BOW to the King of Saudi Arabia.
"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."
Not only those courageous men but EVERY man & woman who has ever worn the uniform of the United States of America. We ALL have fought & many have died so that we do not have to bow to any king, queen or foreign country. Of course, President Buffoon obviously never learned that while he was at Occidental, Columbia or Harvard. And, forget about the MSM, why has this incident not been reported by Fox News or even the NY Post or the Wash Times?
...also bows to Soros, Michelle...et al
There is no "may" about it.
Obama is going to dismantle America and hand it over to Islam.
I was outraged and embarrassed.
to have the actual president bow to a foreign sovereign is beond the pale.
He is muslim...why is everyone so shocked?? I’m furious, but not shocked. He isn’t my prez. He can stay in Europe!!
As I said before, I hope someone changed the locks!
If any libtard tries to come back with, “It’s just a sign of respect,” be sure to tell them that if the respect was mutual, the king would have bowed to Obama.
He was kissing his ring.
Let's ask them.
The O’Bamas are the essence of NO CLASS!
Well, the man refers to “Americans” in the third person, talking about how he’ll convince “them” to accept the globalists’ plans...
As Ambassador Keyes commented acidly, Obama got it right when he met Queen Elizabeth.
He knew what he was doing. He knew.
...”,why has this incident not been reported by Fox News”...
Could it be due to Saudi billionaire Bin Talal’s purchase
of Fox shares?
Will 5 or 6% buy you influence at Fox?
not only Fox but NO ONE...not even Drudge!
Michelle Malkin had more courage than ANYONE on this!
The same reason, or reasons that NO ONE will touch the citizenship issue I presume...what ever they are.
Can you imagine if Nixon, Reagan, or either of the Bush’s had done this...the MSM would have been running that video 24/7.
It’s safe to say that something very strange is going on in this country when the supposed conservative media doesn’t hit this story like an angry god.
They are all terrified of being seen as ‘wanting Obama to fail’. That has become the catch phrase to the left and has the right shivering.
Actually, I haven’t figured out why EVERYONE isn’t screaming about this. Why wouldn’t our elected leaders be screaming about this? Are we sooo afraid of the MEDIA that some bad PR has them running? Are they afraid of getting the Palin treatment?
I’m more furious for being mocked all through out the election that he wasn’t a muslim, he was a Christian... and Jeremiah Wright was a member of the Nation of Islam until he and Louis Farakhan had a falling out. Trinity Church only RESEMBLED a Christian church, but it was no church that worshipped Jesus.
That’s what I thought too!!
It looked just like he was kissing his ring!
I agree !!
It’s a wonder Barry hadn’t said “ How towelhead. How’s it hanging ? “”
Perhaps Michelle could have started break dancing ??
The word “Lewinski” comes to mind!
I think if I’m ever President...I’d make arabs kiss my hand.
I’d open up all domestic sources of oil, gas and coal and tell the Arabs to go kiss China’s arse for business.
Many Americans have a sense of attachment to the British monarchy...at least until that goof of a Prince of Wales takes the throne. Then it'll be all over for me...
But to watch Obama bend his skinny knee to a potentate who has forbidden such a thing for his own subjects! And I believe he also kissed Abdullah's hand, though it hasn't been reported. He bowed over the hand.
He learned it growing up in Indonesia, along with his Koran.