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    Obama Bows, others are not pleased

    US President Barack Obama (L) bows as he shakes hands with Japanese Emperor Akihito (C) and as Empress Michiko (R) looks on upon Obama's arrival at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on November 14, 2009. News photos of Obama bowing to Japan's emperor have incensed critics here, who said the US leader should stand tall when representing America overseas. Obama on Monday was in China, having wrapped up the Japan leg of his Asia trip two days earlier. But Washington's punditocracy was still weighing whether or not the US president had disgraced his country two days earlier by having taken a deep bow at the waist while meeting Japan's Emperor Akihito. Political talk shows have played and replayed the moment from the second day of Obama's week-long Asia tour, which set the blogosphere on fire and chat show tongues wagging.

    Obama greeted Emperor Akihito, whose father ruled when Japan bombed Pearl Harbour in 1941, with a simultaneous handshake and nearly 90-degree bow, sparking furious online commentary, much of it negative.
    Obama's gesture on Saturday was not without precedent, however. Neither was the outrage.

    According to a Washington Times report, Obama has established a new precedent for how American presidents should pay obeisance to kings, emperors, monarchs, sovereigns and assorted other authentic man-made masters of the universe.

    According to Wesley Prudent,editor emeritus of The Washington, Obama "stopped just this side of the full grovel to the emperor of Japan, risking a painful genuflection if his forehead had hit the floor with a nasty bump, which it almost did. No president before him so abused custom, traditions, protocol (and the country he represents)."
    Several Internet sites have published a rogue's gallery showing how other national leaders have greeted Emperor Akihito with a friendly handshake and an ever-so-slight but respectful nod, and sometimes not even that.

    US presidents from both political parties often have been criticised for attempts at culturally sensitive greetings to high-ranking foreigners.

    Former President George W. Bush, a Republican, was mocked for holding Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah's hand, a traditional sign of friendship in the Middle East, as they strolled together in 2005.

    In 1994, former Democratic President Bill Clinton was criticised for almost bowing to Akihito. The resulting image, The New York Times wrote, was of "an obsequent president and the emperor of Japan."

    Obama's awkward encounter with Akihito -- bows are not meant to accompany physical contact -- is not even the first time the president, a Democrat in office less than a year, has been criticised for his greeting of a foreign leader: Critics accused him of genuflecting to Saudi King Abdullah at a world economic summit this year.

    Obama bows to Emperor, America howls in protest - 1 - International News – News – MSN India

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    Man give respect where respect is due. If the shoe were on the other foot and America had a traditional custom we would want that to be practiced by all.

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    So he should be crucified of being respectful of other cultures?
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    the clowns who are displeased havent a clue about international diplomacy or international relations!

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    maybe they thinking he's making america look weak...LOL


    silly i say

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miss T.C View Post
    the clowns who are displeased havent a clue about international diplomacy or international relations!
    NONE!!!

    My lord... what next would they look for to make noise about?/

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    Some people got issues oui...

    Why is it that they are makin' a big fuckin' deal out of this...

    Worst things are happening right now and they're not talkin' bout it...
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    How dare the President respect the customs of other cultures??? Doesn't he know that we, the United States...are the center of the universe?

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    Just one of many reasons why the rest of the world is highly annoyed by Americans.
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    And this is news because

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yankee Doodle View Post
    And this is news because
    its Obama.

    I wonder the same ting bout lots of other threads, dont fight it banna, let it flow
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    its news because its news...

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    I'm glad he did that cause it shows not all Americans are assholes.

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