Skip to comments.ABC Wonders If You Care About Bow; What White House Calls 'a Lean'
Posted on 04/09/2009 2:09:55 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd
In the brief "Closing Arguments" segment on Wednesday's "Nightline," ABC's Terry Moran credulously repeated the White House contention that Barack Obama didn't bow to the King of Saudi Arabia last week at the G-20 summit. As video of the incident played, Moran narrated, "He sees King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. Goes in for the hello. There's a hand shake. Obama bends at the waist. But was it a bow?" [Audio available here.]
He then recited, "The White House called it a lean, pointing out the King's shorter than the President." Inviting people to respond on his Twitter page, Moran wondered, "So, tonight, we ask you, was it a bow and do you care?" A search of @TerryMoran responses on Twitter shows a healthy number of people somewhat incredulous at the host's lack of skepticism. DesigningDi instructed, "Are you blind? Of course he's bowing. Don't play stupid!"
ABC should be given credit for actually showing the video, but the question is, was Moran attempting to dismiss the situation as frivolous and not important or actually investigate its relevance?
A transcript of the brief segment, which aired at 12:04am on April 9, follows:
TERRY MORAN: ["Closing Arguments" logo comes up]: That means it's time for tonight's closing argument. President Barack Obama standing among fellow leaders at the G-20. [Video of the incident.] He sees King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. Goes in for the hello. There's a hand shake. Obama bends at the waste. But was it a bow? A breach of presidential protocol when greeting royalty. The White House called it a lean, pointing out the King's shorter than the President. So, tonight, we ask you, was it a bow and do you care? Tell us on the "Nightline" page at ABCNews.com, the "Nightline" Twitter page or at my Twitter page.
Scott Whitlock is a news analyst for the Media Research Center.
It was a lean.
it was a lean toward Mecca.....
And Obama really was scratching his cheek with his middle finger.
LOL! A lean, eh?
They really are efforting themselves to minimise the impact and media footprint of this gesture.
I don’t really care about the bow. I care about the fact that if it was merely a sign of respect, then why didn’t he do the same thing for any other world leader? That is what makes this significant.
This is what passes for journalism today.
I’d still like to know if obama actually kissed the hand as we do not know but I guess actually know that the media will never ask this question
a lean, dropping something, dropped contact
for heavens sake this is a slap in the face of every American first he does the bow and then they lie blatantly.
come on media do your job
Obozo spits in the face of Americans everyday
Wait a minute...
just yesterday the “White Hut” said that it was just because 0bama offered a two handed handshake to a shorter person.
This is what the liberals do best - they bend and twist words. A lean? They can call it whatever word they want but the meaning is still the same - he was performing some kind of reverential gesture of some sort and it sure makes ME uneasy. I never saw any other president do anything even remotely like that.
That's what Larry Sinclair has been saying for years!
the Queen is much shorter so was Sarkozy and others yet he never felt the need to bow to them
why media , ask your messiah.
Another thing which has not been pointed out
look at the photo and you see a handful of leaders especially Sarkozy laughing right at the face of obama.
for the first time in my life I have watched the President being laughed at to his face and this idiot has no clue
A BOW? Hell, he’s almost genuflecting; which is really the point isn’t it?
He used his left hand to shake? I thought that was a big no-no for Arabs/Muslims.
A repeat moron/lying offender.
Great photo of obama leaning on the dnace floor!
There’s a video on Youtube which shows Obama’s left hand tucked close to his waist as he bows. He didn’t use the left hand and any suggestion that he did by these WH mouthpieces is a fabrication.
Yes, and make NO mistake....his obvious genuflect was a big F U to the United States of America.
“I did not bow down to that King Lewinsky”
He needs to be censured on the floor of Congress. Today. Americans do not bow to anyone.
>.actually kissed the hand
Do you see any other logical reason for his action.
We’re just lucky that some enterprising video guy caught that whole exchange.
I finally just told a liberal friend of mine last night that I was done discussing it with him. He laughed and I said no, as an athiest you will have your head cut off by the Muslims, while as a Christian I will be allowed to live.
That stunned him into silence for a few seconds and then he said, laughingly again, “Are you serious?”
I told him I’m done doing his research for him and if he wanted to know if Muslims wanted him dead he needed to look it up for himself. I gave him the name “Theo van Gogh” and said goodbye and hung up.
These morons who believe that no one wants to kill them are hopeless. Maybe I’m just having a bad day, but how much blood will have to run in the streets for them to wake up?
Shakespeare said it best:
“What’s in a a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”
Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)
shorter woman and all that.
The left hand is the “don’t have toilet paper but wipe the poo off anyway” hand.
“I sheik your hand...”
Get used to it.
With his defense cuts we will soon be seeing lots of “leans.”
I posted before, his head was also bowed. If it was a lean why wasn’t he looking at the king, but instead at his shoes. I was never much into the Messiah being a mooslim, but that is incredible.
The whole bow or not issue would have quickly gone the way of other Zero gaffes if not for the crack team Zero has surrounding him...arrogance is no substitute for ability..except for maybe a reality show.
Guy got caught, in public, bowing down to kiss the Saudi Arabian king's penis.
There, now I've said it ~ it was MORE THAN A BOW.
Much more interesting motive too.
Too much time on the knees makes the msm addlebrained.
Only if by saying "is a fabrication" you actualy mean to say "is bull5hit"
Snopes hasn’t concocted an elaborate explanation for Obamabi yet...
Note how many are red AND green. Have to include enough untruths in the synopsis to muddle the issue (or deny it with red outright).
“Leaning” in the movie ‘While You Were Sleeping’ is a running line about a guy being attracted to a woman. “He looked like he was ‘leaning’” is one of the lines and the clear implication is that it is a sexual advance.
Oh, I love that!
Ours is not a subservient nation. Nations’ leaders should see each other as equals.
This is an interesting debate/discussion.
IMO its not so much capitulating as it is an act of humility and honor to Islam, Muslims.
While at the same time telling us, the US people, that he does not care that we elected him....that we are still a flawed, racist, arrogant nation that needs to be knocked down, shown our place, that we are but one country out of an entire world, not special or exceptional.
He really despises America and its people, and wants to reduce our power in the world....this is his goal.
Where have you been ?
You've got competition now for these kinds of witticisms.
You’d think that after 9/11 the US would NEVER vote for or trust anyone with any Muslim connections.
Isn’t white guilt amazing? Gonna be our downfall.
I didn’t see him lean over for Lizzy and she’s a head shorter to King AHab.
He’s bowing to a white man. I’d thing it would make black folks blood boil to watch it.
Well...errr... I didn't want to get banned.