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ABC Wonders If You Care About Bow; What White House Calls 'a Lean'
News Busters ^ | 04/09/2009 | Scott Whitlock

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.


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abcdisneynews; bow; boycottdisney; cheeseeating; collusion; dnctalkingpoints; fakebutaccurate; lapdogmedia; lean; likelystories; lyingliar; obamabow; obamalies; obowma; pravdamedia; revisionisthistory; surrendermonkey
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Oh. I see. It wasn't a bow.

It was a lean.

Uh-huh. Sure.

1 posted on 04/09/2009 2:09:55 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

it was a lean toward Mecca.....


2 posted on 04/09/2009 2:11:26 PM PDT by RaceBannon (We have sown the wind, but we will reap the whirlwind. NObama. Not my president.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

And Obama really was scratching his cheek with his middle finger.


3 posted on 04/09/2009 2:11:50 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Responsibility2nd

LOL! A lean, eh?

They really are efforting themselves to minimise the impact and media footprint of this gesture.


4 posted on 04/09/2009 2:12:44 PM PDT by swarthyguy ("We may be crazy in Pakistan, but not completely out of our minds," ISI Gen. Ahmed Shujaa Pasha)
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To: Responsibility2nd

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.


5 posted on 04/09/2009 2:13:45 PM PDT by newheart (Obama. We kind of underestimated the creepiness.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA


6 posted on 04/09/2009 2:13:48 PM PDT by FreeSouthernAmerican (All we ask is to be let alone----Jefferson Davis)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Obama bends at the waste.

Heh.

This is what passes for journalism today.

7 posted on 04/09/2009 2:13:53 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

8 posted on 04/09/2009 2:14:11 PM PDT by Dallas59 ("You know the one with the big ears? He might be yours, but he ain't my president.")
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To: Responsibility2nd
Fun thread with over a dozen pictures of Obama shaking hands with shorter people. In only one did Obama fold at the waist like a pocket knife.

BOWelGate: Obama Shaking hands with shorter People - a story in pics

9 posted on 04/09/2009 2:14:27 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (No free man bows to a foreign king.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

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


10 posted on 04/09/2009 2:15:04 PM PDT by manc (Marriage is between a man and a woman no sick sham marriage - -end racism end affirmative action)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Obozo spits in the face of Americans everyday


11 posted on 04/09/2009 2:15:05 PM PDT by peace with honor
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To: Responsibility2nd

Wait a minute...

just yesterday the “White Hut” said that it was just because 0bama offered a two handed handshake to a shorter person.


12 posted on 04/09/2009 2:15:17 PM PDT by MrB (Go Galt now, Bowman later)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Obama Shaking hands with shorter People - a story in pics
13 posted on 04/09/2009 2:15:58 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

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.


14 posted on 04/09/2009 2:16:35 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: Izzy Dunne
Obama bends at the waste.

That's what Larry Sinclair has been saying for years!

15 posted on 04/09/2009 2:16:50 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

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


16 posted on 04/09/2009 2:17:24 PM PDT by manc (Marriage is between a man and a woman no sick sham marriage - -end racism end affirmative action)
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To: KarlInOhio

A BOW? Hell, he’s almost genuflecting; which is really the point isn’t it?


17 posted on 04/09/2009 2:17:56 PM PDT by jurroppi1 (We need to reward the people that carry the water instead of the people that drink the water!)
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To: MrB

He used his left hand to shake? I thought that was a big no-no for Arabs/Muslims.


18 posted on 04/09/2009 2:17:57 PM PDT by MitchellC ("I can no more renounce Rush, than I can my own grandmother...")
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To: Responsibility2nd

A repeat moron/lying offender.


19 posted on 04/09/2009 2:18:42 PM PDT by boomop1
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To: Paved Paradise
Liberals live between the definition & the connotation.
20 posted on 04/09/2009 2:18:54 PM PDT by Tallguy ("The sh- t's chess, it ain't checkers!" -- Alonzo (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day")
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Obowma

21 posted on 04/09/2009 2:19:28 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: Dallas59

Great photo of obama leaning on the dnace floor!


22 posted on 04/09/2009 2:19:42 PM PDT by newfreep ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." - P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: MitchellC

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.


23 posted on 04/09/2009 2:20:42 PM PDT by Tallguy ("The sh- t's chess, it ain't checkers!" -- Alonzo (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day")
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To: Responsibility2nd; Timesink; martin_fierro; reformed_democrat; Loyalist; =Intervention=; ...
It was a capitulation.
24 posted on 04/09/2009 2:20:43 PM PDT by a fool in paradise ( “Saving the New York Times now ranks with saving Darfur as a high-minded cause.”NYTimes Bill Kell)
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To: jurroppi1

Yes, and make NO mistake....his obvious genuflect was a big F U to the United States of America.


25 posted on 04/09/2009 2:20:56 PM PDT by roses of sharon (Pray Hussein fails!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

“I did not bow down to that King Lewinsky”


26 posted on 04/09/2009 2:21:23 PM PDT by reagandemocrat (the penumbra doctrine is asinine.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

He needs to be censured on the floor of Congress. Today. Americans do not bow to anyone.


27 posted on 04/09/2009 2:22:11 PM PDT by ameribbean expat
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To: manc

>.actually kissed the hand

Do you see any other logical reason for his action.

I don’t.

We’re just lucky that some enterprising video guy caught that whole exchange.


28 posted on 04/09/2009 2:23:08 PM PDT by swarthyguy ("We may be crazy in Pakistan, but not completely out of our minds," ISI Gen. Ahmed Shujaa Pasha)
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To: Responsibility2nd

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?


29 posted on 04/09/2009 2:23:11 PM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: Responsibility2nd

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)


30 posted on 04/09/2009 2:23:28 PM PDT by surely_you_jest
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To: Tallguy
He didn't bow to the Queen of England either nor did he LEAN to shake her hand...

shorter woman and all that.

31 posted on 04/09/2009 2:23:44 PM PDT by a fool in paradise ( “Saving the New York Times now ranks with saving Darfur as a high-minded cause.”NYTimes Bill Kell)
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To: MitchellC

Good point!

The left hand is the “don’t have toilet paper but wipe the poo off anyway” hand.


32 posted on 04/09/2009 2:24:26 PM PDT by MrB (Go Galt now, Bowman later)
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To: Tallguy
and any suggestion that he did by these WH mouthpieces is a fabrication lie.
33 posted on 04/09/2009 2:24:54 PM PDT by bill1952 (Power is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: A.A. Cunningham; Revolting cat!

“I sheik your hand...”


34 posted on 04/09/2009 2:25:05 PM PDT by a fool in paradise ( “Saving the New York Times now ranks with saving Darfur as a high-minded cause.”NYTimes Bill Kell)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Get used to it.

With his defense cuts we will soon be seeing lots of “leans.”


35 posted on 04/09/2009 2:25:42 PM PDT by Loud Mime (If Christians cannot unite in battle to save this nation, it will be lost)
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To: Responsibility2nd

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.


36 posted on 04/09/2009 2:26:26 PM PDT by sharkhawk (Here come the Hawks)
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To: Responsibility2nd

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.


37 posted on 04/09/2009 2:26:46 PM PDT by crazyhorse691 (Now that the libs are in power dissent is not only unpatriotic, but, it is also racist.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
More like President Ford hitting his head in fact ~ but the Democrats started this deal with Nixon, so all is fair in love, war and politics.

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.

38 posted on 04/09/2009 2:26:49 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Responsibility2nd

Too much time on the knees makes the msm addlebrained.


39 posted on 04/09/2009 2:29:04 PM PDT by Carley (President Obama Dropped a MOAB on America)
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To: Tallguy
He didn’t use the left hand and any suggestion that he did by these WH mouthpieces is a fabrication.

Only if by saying "is a fabrication" you actualy mean to say "is bull5hit"

40 posted on 04/09/2009 2:29:06 PM PDT by tx_eggman (Clinton was our first black President ... Obama is our first French President.)
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To: bill1952

Snopes hasn’t concocted an elaborate explanation for Obamabi yet...

http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/obama.asp#

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).


41 posted on 04/09/2009 2:29:47 PM PDT by a fool in paradise ( “Saving the New York Times now ranks with saving Darfur as a high-minded cause.”NYTimes Bill Kell)
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To: Responsibility2nd

“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.


42 posted on 04/09/2009 2:30:25 PM PDT by madinmadtown (It is good to be right.)
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To: reagandemocrat

Oh, I love that!

King Lewinsky!!!!


43 posted on 04/09/2009 2:30:32 PM PDT by Carley (President Obama Dropped a MOAB on America)
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To: crazyhorse691
Go to ABC and you will find a lot of dunderheads who say “so what”.

Ours is not a subservient nation. Nations’ leaders should see each other as equals.

44 posted on 04/09/2009 2:31:25 PM PDT by a fool in paradise ( “Saving the New York Times now ranks with saving Darfur as a high-minded cause.”NYTimes Bill Kell)
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To: a fool in paradise
You say capitulation, I say it was a F U to America.

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.

45 posted on 04/09/2009 2:31:46 PM PDT by roses of sharon (Pray Hussein fails!)
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To: a fool in paradise; sheik yerbouty
I sheik your hand...”

Where have you been ?

You've got competition now for these kinds of witticisms.

46 posted on 04/09/2009 2:32:02 PM PDT by happygrl (It's time to Party like it's 1773.)
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To: roses of sharon

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.


47 posted on 04/09/2009 2:32:28 PM PDT by Aria ( "The US republic will endure until Congress discovers it can bribe the public with the people's $.")
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To: Responsibility2nd

I didn’t see him lean over for Lizzy and she’s a head shorter to King AHab.


48 posted on 04/09/2009 2:33:13 PM PDT by DManA
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To: Aria

He’s bowing to a white man. I’d thing it would make black folks blood boil to watch it.


49 posted on 04/09/2009 2:34:42 PM PDT by DManA
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To: tx_eggman
Only if by saying "is a fabrication" you actualy mean to say "is bull5hit"

Well...errr... I didn't want to get banned.

50 posted on 04/09/2009 2:34:59 PM PDT by Tallguy ("The sh- t's chess, it ain't checkers!" -- Alonzo (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day")
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