Skip to comments.PRUDEN: Obama bows, the nation cringes
Posted on 11/17/2009 4:29:50 PM PST by EvilAgenda
Some of the president's critics are giving him a hard time, and it's true that this president seems never to have studied much American history. Not bowing to foreign potentates was what 1776 was all about. His predecessors learned with no difficulty that the essence of America is that all men stand equal and are entitled to look even a king, maybe particularly a king, straight in the eye. Can anyone imagine George Washington, John Adams or Thomas Jefferson making a similar gesture of servile submission? Or Harry Truman? Or FDR, who famously served the lowly hot dog, with ballpark mustard, to the king and queen of England? John F. Kennedy, on the eve of a trip to London, sharply warned Jackie not to curtsy to the queen.
Douglas MacArthur, who ranked above mere heads of state in his own mind, once invented his own protocol on greeting Emperor Hirohito. The emperor, the father of Akihito, wanted to meet MacArthur soon after he arrived to become the military regent of Japan in 1945, perhaps to thank him for saving the throne at the end of World War II. When the emperor invited MacArthur to call on him, the general sent word that the emperor should call on him - speaking of breaches of custom - and the two men were photographed together, astonishing the Japanese. The emperor arrived in full formal dress, cutaway coat and all, and MacArthur received him in summer khakis, sans tie, with his hands stuffed casually in his back pockets. Further astonishing the Japanese, he towered over the diminutive emperor.
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The obamster should bow. He’s inferior to any human.
No President should.
The smile on Akihito’s face in the photo with Obama is priceless.
“What a shame that my father didn’t live to see THIS!”
for the first time in my life i am ASHAMED of my president.
all i can say is the next president better have respect for this country and all that it has meant to the world and its people!
In times like these we need to look on the positive side of things: at least Nobama isn’t wearing one of his wife’s belts.
Shoot, Anne, I’ve been saying that since Jan. 20 12:01 pm.