For all of the sneering from the coastal classes about what an imbecile and an embarrassment President Bush was overseas, a bumbling cowboy, what we are finding now is that our current President seems to be a bit over his head when dealing with world leaders. The gift of DVDs that won’t play in Britain, the unseemly greeting of Queen Elizabeth, the gift of an iPod to her (an iPod?!). Now we have a video that is causing quite a stir, the President of the United States of America, the sole remaining super power, the beacon of freedom for the world BOWING to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. Check about 55 seconds in...
There is also a good picture of just how deep he bowed here.
First, this is not a mere inclination of the head or even a slight bow at the waist. This is a full out, submissive bow.
Second, the President of the United States should never bow to anyone like that. This nation was founded after overthrowing the rule of a despotic monarch and it is a disgrace to kowtow to such a man.
Third, no one who loves freedom should bow to a man who runs a nation like Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is a noted violator of human rights and is one of the most repressive regimes in the world when it comes to religious liberty.
I am not sure what President Obama was thinking, bowing and scrapping before King Abdullah. Perhaps it is just a matter of him bowing deeper than he planned, or not being properly prepped by his protocol people. Or perhaps it is just indicative of our nation’s new foreign policy, bow first and ask how we can of service later. Maybe if we grovel and simper in front of the leaders of lesser countries, they will like us, really, really like us!