Ramirez: Bow in one direction …

posted at 10:12 am on November 17, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

For every action, according to the laws of physics, there is an equal and opposite reaction.  If Isaac Newton had gone into politics, he might have observed that every obsequious gesture has an equal and opposite meaning to someone else.  Michael Ramirez, the brilliant two-time Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist for Investors Business Daily, explains the concept concisely:

When Barack Obama travels abroad, he represents the people of the United States, not himself.  His World Apology Tour earlier this year was bad enough.  Kowtowing to foreign monarchs, especially with the ridiculously inappropriate bow to Akihito, signals Americans that Obama doesn’t think too much of our traditional idea of exceptionalism — and he doesn’t mind rubbing our noses in it on the world stage.

Ramirez has a terrific collection of his works: Everyone Has the Right to My Opinion, which covers the entire breadth of Ramirez’ career, and it gives a fascinating look at political history.  Read my review here, and watch my interviews with Ramirez here and here.  And don’t forget to check out the entire Investors.com site, which has now incorporated all of the former IBD Editorials, while individual investors still exist.


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Excellent. Just what I was thinking.

mr.blacksheep on November 16, 2009 at 11:53 PM

Political cartoonists wield the mightiest of swords; they are the Haiku of political discourse.

Joan of Argghh on November 17, 2009 at 7:15 AM

Again, Ramirez gets right to the point.

Liam on November 17, 2009 at 10:14 AM

In the next frame, Uncle Sam plants a size 12 where it is desparately needed.

james23 on November 17, 2009 at 10:15 AM

Love it.

Badger40 on November 17, 2009 at 10:16 AM

If that were the case, wouldn’t his pants be pulled down?

MarkTheGreat on November 17, 2009 at 10:17 AM

hah!!! Another great one by Ramirez.

UltimateBob on November 17, 2009 at 10:19 AM

Obama- I was greeting you!

We all realize that now.

fourdeucer on November 17, 2009 at 10:19 AM

That about sums in up.

Beaglemom on November 17, 2009 at 10:20 AM

it up –sorry

Beaglemom on November 17, 2009 at 10:20 AM

That is completely perfect.

Oink on November 17, 2009 at 10:20 AM

What I don’t understand is why none of these leaders he is bowing in front of know what he wants… C’MON GIVE THE GUY A PRAYER RUG!!!

Dire Straits on November 17, 2009 at 10:20 AM

Posted this on the “46 handshake” vid yesterday.
The left’s most elite. Shows any foreign dignitary the top of his head while similtaneously showing every american his backside.

onomo on November 16, 2009 at 10:18 AM

onomo on November 17, 2009 at 10:21 AM

If that were the case, wouldn’t his pants be pulled down?

MarkTheGreat on November 17, 2009 at 10:17 AM

It’s a family show. :)

Oink on November 17, 2009 at 10:21 AM

nice one.

there’s a double entendre with Obama’s butt in America’s face…it can be taken as an rude insult or an invitation to f**k him over. :)

excuse my vulgarity.

thinkagain on November 17, 2009 at 10:21 AM

I wonder, if you get Obama drunk, or in his most private, unguarded moments, he get’s all Michelle Obama on us and reveals that which is closest to his heart, that is, a possible, or even probable, preoccupation with the pain America has visited on blacks over the years. That would explain a lot of the bordering-on-anti-American attitude he shows.

Paul-Cincy on November 17, 2009 at 10:22 AM

In the next frame, Uncle Sam plants a size 12 where it is desparately needed.

james23 on November 17, 2009 at 10:15 AM

… with a “THIS IS SPARTA!”-esque exclamation.

That’s how I picture it anyway.

Midas on November 17, 2009 at 10:22 AM

Great ‘toon. Would love to see a follow up where Uncle Sam is kicking Obama’s ass.

TXUS on November 17, 2009 at 10:22 AM

If that were the case, wouldn’t his pants be pulled down?

MarkTheGreat on November 17, 2009 at 10:17 AM

No, Obama does that when he gets into the private meeting with the emperor, tyrant, dictator, etc.

Kafir on November 17, 2009 at 10:27 AM

Someone should run ahead and hang a copy of the US Constitution around the neck of all foreign leaders. That would fix the problem.

RBMN on November 17, 2009 at 10:27 AM

great toon. And reinforces Palin’s proclamation that Obama is a 4 on a scale of one to 10 made today. I myself would give him a zero. Put then I’m not a politician

unseen on November 17, 2009 at 10:27 AM

Shouldn’t all his little Demo rat supporters, Congress Critters and Senate Scumbags be hoping up and down around his ankles ginning widely and loudly applauding as Pinnochio shoots the patriots of America the moon?

Throw all the Anti-American Bums out!

dhunter on November 17, 2009 at 10:30 AM

The second frame should show Uncle Sam taping a “KICK ME” sign to Obama’s backside.

BottomLine5 on November 17, 2009 at 10:30 AM

Awesome cartoon! Yep, that’s what’s happening, all right.

TeeDee on November 17, 2009 at 10:32 AM

As our elected head of state, when Obama does the bow and scrape, he says our country is second rate. And to the observer from behind, it’s unseemly to show his buttock line.

unclesmrgol on November 14, 2009 at 9:47 AM

Jinx Power, Mr. Ramirez!

unclesmrgol on November 17, 2009 at 10:33 AM

So how long after the filthy lying coward comes back from vacation in Asia will we get the temper tantrum that people are critical of his bowing? Will it come out as an aside when discussing critics of Obamacare? Will it come out during the faux-jobs summit?

The only thing that is certain is that the rat bastard traitor is very thin-skinned and he gets into a snit when he isn’t being adored. One way or the other he will whine that he wasn’t treated fairly. As if the bastard should be shown any respect after throwing both the FT. Hood and 9/11/01 victims and families under the bus by his love of terrorists and radical Muslims (is terroristphile a word?)

highhopes on November 17, 2009 at 10:34 AM

such a boob BO.

hawkman on November 17, 2009 at 10:35 AM

There is some of this too.

Mr. Joe on November 17, 2009 at 10:36 AM

He doesn’t believe in American exceptionalism. He sees us and our history as bad, deeply flawed and in desperate need of his transformational powers. He’s said so quite openly. America only heard the media translation.

SKYFOX on November 17, 2009 at 10:36 AM

Secretary: “Mr. Ramirez, Congressman Frank’s office is on the line.”

BigAlSouth on November 17, 2009 at 10:37 AM

Perfect.

OmahaConservative on November 17, 2009 at 10:37 AM

This could be the reason for the bow.

TeeDee on November 17, 2009 at 10:37 AM

Obozo is showing his best face forward!

grapeknutz on November 17, 2009 at 10:39 AM

great toon. And reinforces Palin’s proclamation that Obama is a 4 on a scale of one to 10 made today. I myself would give him a zero. Put then I’m not a politician

unseen on November 17, 2009 at 10:27 AM

I know that’s on the higher end of the scale to me. You’re dead on.

ProudPalinFan on November 17, 2009 at 10:40 AM

Great ‘toon. Would love to see a follow up where Uncle Sam is kicking Obama’s ass.

TXUS on November 17, 2009 at 10:22 AM

+1

Mark Boabaca on November 17, 2009 at 10:40 AM

I’d love to say that for the first time I am truly embarrassed for my country but I’m up around two hundred times for it.

jukin on November 17, 2009 at 10:40 AM

This isn’t just about showing deference to a Monarch. It was an insult to the Emperor. Certainly since Emperor Meiji foreign heads of state, be they Monarchs or Presidents, do not bow to the Emperor of Japan because they are his equal. It was a boneheaded move that any chief of protocol should have caught. There were many other ways that the One could have showed his obsequieness that would not have insulted Emperor Akihito.

jerryofva on November 17, 2009 at 10:41 AM

Secretary: “Mr. Ramirez, Congressman Frank’s office is on the line the Secret Service is here to see you.”

BigAlSouth on November 17, 2009 at 10:37 AM

FIFY–for one day down the line.

Liam on November 17, 2009 at 10:41 AM

I would love to see teapartiers in DC greeting him the same way he bestowed His Graciousness (I am your humblest, silly boy servant-attitude) by bowing 90 degrees away from the WH.

ProudPalinFan on November 17, 2009 at 10:43 AM

To the person above who said “We all understand that now” or something like that.. I disagree. There are people in this country who STILL think this man is FABBO to the extreme and everything he does is wonderful.

As this man does everything he can to get the 9/11 guys released, he’s over in Asia doing everything BUT licking Chinese boots and proving to the world he’s nothing more than a limp noodle who was so unqualified for the job he’s been given he can’t even make a decision to follow his own general’s advice.

Despite even these few instances, the press and the hard left of this country STILL maintains he’s “moving us past those evil Bush years.” That does not sound to me like everyone realizes he’s giving us the two-cheek salute. It sounds to me like business as usual: Lefty’s are keepin’ those blinders on as tight as they can and conservatives are called racist and wrong.

I hope someone or something sounds an alarm bell that actually wakes folks up before we wind up watching news footage of MORE Americans sacrificed to political correctness and willful ignorance.

Mad Mad Monica on November 17, 2009 at 10:43 AM

TeeDee on November 17, 2009 at 10:37 AM

Priceless!

Josiah on November 17, 2009 at 10:44 AM

Question?
Anyone know where the archived Ramirez’s cartoons went?
I can’t find it on Investor’s Daily.

lilium on November 17, 2009 at 10:44 AM

Perfect.

conservative pilgrim on November 17, 2009 at 10:45 AM

When Barack Obama travels abroad, he represents the people of the United States, not himself.

He obviously didn’t get the memo.

vcferlita on November 17, 2009 at 10:48 AM

I am so ashamed that this guy is running around acting as our representative to the world. Oh well,with a little effort on our part he will be a lame duck after next November.

Dukehoopsfan on November 17, 2009 at 10:50 AM

Mad Mad Monica on November 17, 2009 at 10:43 AM

The Left will never wake up. Look around here and see how they operate, finding every possible argument no matter how insane to avoid seeing the truth. A building could fall on one of them and still that person wouldn’t have a change of mind, let alone heart.

This cartoon, spot-on like others Ramirez, endorses the conservative view and might change the minds of what remaining indies the Dems retain. Lefties will see it as only another ‘racist slander’ against their guy in the White House.

Liam on November 17, 2009 at 10:50 AM

Great ‘toon. Would love to see a follow up where Uncle Sam is kicking Obama’s ass.

TXUS on November 17, 2009 at 10:22 AM

Wait until November 2010.

trigon on November 17, 2009 at 10:56 AM

Michael Ramirez is a flippin’ genius.

S. Weasel on November 17, 2009 at 10:57 AM

Our president is a half-black Jim Carrey.

Star20 on November 17, 2009 at 10:58 AM

BHOICA

Christien on November 17, 2009 at 10:58 AM

Our president is a half-black Jim CarreyJimmney Carter.

Star20 on November 17, 2009 at 10:58 AM

dhunter on November 17, 2009 at 11:00 AM

lilium on November 17, 2009 at 10:44 AM

Go over to http://comics.com/michael_ramirez/

All the good editorial cartoons are over there.

unclesmrgol on November 17, 2009 at 11:02 AM

Impersonating Sam Kinneson:

“KICK IT!!! KICK IT!!! KICK IT!!!”

Sapwolf on November 17, 2009 at 11:14 AM

Obama bows because he does not believe in American exceptionalism.

He learned this from his “Marxist professors” and his Weather Underground trainers. A quote from Bill Ayers’ communist manifesto:

American exceptionalism is the assumption that for one reason or another -US “technological superiority,” the “system of democracy,” our “advanced consciousness”- our revolutionary struggle is not subject to the same general conditions and the same general necessities as others.

American superiority… a kind of cultural chauvinism.

As a people we are saturated with the myth of American
superiority. As a revolutionary people, we must take our place in the human community resolutely opposed to all expressions of arrogance.

faraway on November 17, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Wait for the photo of him hanging onto the legs of the Chinese president and kissing his shoes begging for money. This Puke of the United States makes me sick just to look at him.

jistincase on November 17, 2009 at 11:36 AM

I would love to see teapartiers in DC greeting him the same way he bestowed His Graciousness (I am your humblest, silly boy servant-attitude) by bowing 90 degrees away from the WH.

ProudPalinFan on November 17, 2009 at 10:43 AM

Beautiful. This has to catch on. Mock the sucker, by bowing to him and to the other socialist pols as well–pelousi, reid, shrillary, holder.

james23 on November 17, 2009 at 11:40 AM

faraway on November 17, 2009 at 11:18 AM

I appreciated this reference as it brought to mind the notion of the “ugly American” meme postulated during the cold war.
It got me thinking. Where did such a label arise? It certainly could not be based on the European theater exposure to our GI’s saving that continent. They were heralded as heros then and now.

Was it a theme pushed by the USSR/Kruchev/KGB? Quite possibly. But, the real answer may be closer to who these Europeans were exposed to following the defeat of the Nazi’s.
Who were the arrogant, snobbish, “intellectual” elitists that were spending much time and beau-coup dollars during this time?
Me thinks it was the Bill Ayers and John Kerry’s, the Kennedy’s, the Ivy leaguers and the other blue bloods that traveled extensively there.
These were who Europe was exposed to, not the salt of the earth types, the middle Americans that have never stepped foot on the continent.
Now realize they are the ones that must make remediations to the stereotype. After all, they created it by way of Whorywood support.

OkieDoc on November 17, 2009 at 11:55 AM

That cartoon makes me want to where my boots.

shick on November 17, 2009 at 11:56 AM

where=wear

shick on November 17, 2009 at 11:57 AM

If Isaac Newton had gone into politics, he might have observed that every obsequious gesture has an equal and opposite meaning to someone else.

Newton did go into politics – he was a member of Parliament representing Cambridge University.

needtoknow on November 17, 2009 at 11:57 AM

Odumbo cannot seem to get anything right. What a buffoon.

rjoco1 on November 17, 2009 at 12:01 PM

Its a rare species called,

ObamaBendisOverakbackwards!!

canopfor on November 17, 2009 at 12:04 PM

At least he’s not giving us his trademark “middle finger cheek scratch”.

sgtstogie on November 17, 2009 at 12:40 PM

hahahahahahahahahahaha!

Nice job.

cs89 on November 17, 2009 at 12:48 PM

It’s true, every time you bow to something, you just end up showing your ass to somebody…

Wyznowski on November 17, 2009 at 1:11 PM

Obama’s foreign policy motto:

“Face down, ass up.”

Roc on November 17, 2009 at 1:14 PM

VIDEO: I think he just bowed to a Chinese official!

Urban Infidel on November 17, 2009 at 1:19 PM

Now we know why Mr. Obama stunned everyone with an earlier similar bow to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, only the bow to the Japanese emperor was far more flamboyant, a sign of a really deep sense of inferiority.

Schadenfreude on November 17, 2009 at 1:50 PM

Obama is lucky that emperor didn’t yell “Kirisute gomen, you fool.” And whack him a good one.

Lily on November 17, 2009 at 4:29 PM

Hey, Ramirez stole my joke!

Daemonocracy on November 17, 2009 at 5:25 PM

On the down-low?

What?

I learned about that from Oprah, I did.

father on November 17, 2009 at 5:35 PM

A$$ kisser in chief.May he be buried in a pig carcass.

Farfed on November 17, 2009 at 6:30 PM

When an American travels abroad and wishes to follow the customs of the country he is in he should first learn the procedure and symbolism of the custom he is attempting to imitate. In Japan there are many kinds of bows, each having its own meaning — none of them including a handshake, which would be considered weird or even gauche. They indicate the relationship of the bower to the one being bowed to and do not symbolize respect. Japanese society was, and in some ways still is, very class conscious. A slight nod of the head, followed by a return nod, indicates equality. The deeper the bow, the lower the status. Obama’s bow, translated from the Japanese into Americanese, would read as: “Yasir Massa! Right away, Massa!” No wonder the Japanese were astonished by the gesture!

donbury on November 17, 2009 at 6:32 PM

The deeper the bow, the lower the status. Obama’s bow, translated from the Japanese into Americanese, would read as: “Yasir Massa! Right away, Massa!” No wonder the Japanese were astonished by the gesture!

donbury on November 17, 2009 at 6:32 PM

Absolutely dead on. I can just hear one Japanese turning to another shrugging and saying quizzically, “I guess American black people can’t stop acting like slaves?”

Lily on November 17, 2009 at 8:00 PM

Throw out your hands!!
Stick out your tush!!
Hands on your hips
Give them a push!!
You’ll be surprised
You’re doing the French Mistake!!
VOILA!!

pilamaye on November 17, 2009 at 8:01 PM

Ramirez nails it again! bama’s nothing but an ass, or better said, an anal pore.

jgdp on November 17, 2009 at 8:49 PM