Sigh: Obama bows to Chinese leader

posted at 8:58 pm on April 12, 2010 by Allahpundit

Drudge has it red-fonted, which means it’s officially outrageous outrage time. I don’t know if I’ve gotten used to him doing this or if it’s a small relief to see him not go quite as perpendicular as he did for the Japanese emperor, but my heart-ache isn’t as pronounced as it was in the past. I’m curious, actually: What does one have to do to merit a show of deference from The One? Is it a debt thing? That would certainly explain the bows to China and Japan, but what about the one to the Saudi king? Maybe it’s an age thing, as the Saudi and Japanese rulers are both elderly — but then what about Hu, who’s only 67? Is it more subjective, where sometimes the mood strikes for no rhyme or reason? What’s the policy here, champ?

If you want to work your outrage muscle, I recommend this Foreign Policy piece in lieu of the Hu photo. Quote:

“In connection with the OSCE, the presidents had a very lengthy discussion of issues of democracy and human rights,” NSC senior director Mike McFaul said on a conference call with reporters Sunday. “Both presidents agreed that you don’t ever reach democracy; you always have to work at it. And in particular, President Obama reminded his Kazakh counterpart that we, too, are working to improve our democracy.”

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman asked McFaul to clarify.

“You seemed to be suggesting there was some equivalence between their issues of democracy and the United States’ issues, when you said that President Obama assured him that we, too, are working on our democracy,” Weisman said. “Is there equivalence between the problems that President Nazarbayev is confronting and the state of democracy in the United States?”

“Absolutely not … There was no equivalence meant whatsoever,” McFaul said. “[Obama’s] taken, I think, rather historic steps to improve our own democracy since coming to office here in the United States.”

Follow the link for details on what “democracy” means in Kazakhstan. Why The One feels compelled to remind foreign leaders of our imperfections, I don’t know; presumably he thinks Nazarbayev will be more receptive to human rights criticism from America if we don’t come off as being high-handed. Or maybe there was something he wanted from Nazarbayev and thought a little humility might help him get it. If so, mission accomplished.

Exit question: What “historic steps” has he taken to improve democracy since he’s been in office?

Update: More dividends from the humble approach: China suddenly sounds open to joining Iran sanctions. Maybe if we can get Obama to bow to Ahmadinejad, they’ll take their reactors offline.


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Sigh: Obama bows to Chinese leader

Yes, but was it a bow-bow? /

To be serious for a moment, this was definitely no check-out-the-nifty-pattern-on-the-Persian-rug Saudi bow, that’s fer sure.

RD on April 13, 2010 at 1:46 AM

shazbat on April 13, 2010 at 12:08 AM

+100. Spot on.

aquaviva on April 13, 2010 at 1:47 AM

Maybe he’s just being, erm, polite and respectful? Alien to your way of thinking, I know, but it’s worth considering, eh? Only in American can a bow be seen as a sign of weakness.

Grow Fins on April 12, 2010 at 10:46 PM

Interesting that the people he’s bowing to out of respect (in your flaccid mind) never seem to return the bow, eh?

If it was protocol or routine or tradition, it’d be mutual.

STFU idiot.

Midas on April 13, 2010 at 1:50 AM

Hey, it’s not like the Chinese know how to use a simple picture as propaganda to a billion or so people or anything …

/

Seven Percent Solution on April 13, 2010 at 4:25 AM

Only in American can a bow be seen as a sign of weakness.

Grow Fins on April 12, 2010 at 10

:46 PM

Er … in China one bows to one’s superior.

I didn’t notice him bowing to the queen of England. Or sarkozy, or Merkel. He just bows to non-democratic dictators.

European heads of states don’t bow to each other because they are equals.

Hope on April 13, 2010 at 5:06 AM

Maybe he’s just being, erm, polite and respectful? Alien to your way of thinking, I know, but it’s worth considering, eh? Only in American can a bow be seen as a sign of weakness.

Grow Fins on April 12, 2010 at 10:46 PM

Only in America are young people so complacent, myopic, and ignorant to the ways of the world that they are allowed–nay, even encouraged–to whine about every facet of life in the best, most industrious, innovative, and freedom-loving country in the history of the world. They are allowed to opine to the point of conjecturing that a bow from our leader might just be *sigh* respect and manners rather than untoward deference. And oh, isn’t that just so enlightened of our Dear Leader in the eyes of young Americans?

Yep. This next generation is shaping up to be quite the doozy, are they not? Revered from the time they were in diapers, fluffed over for making wee-wee in the potty, thanked profusely for raising their hand in school, given huge trophies for “participation”, their powers of reasoning and rational discourse seem to be lacking, yet they suffer no lack of self-esteem. They are free to enter opposing-view message boards and lecture elders on the benefits of “respect”.

Grace_is_sufficient on April 13, 2010 at 6:03 AM

Humble Stupid.

Fixed

NoFanofLibs on April 13, 2010 at 6:55 AM

can’t sigh anymore….this makes me mad, dear leader treats our country with such disdain…

cmsinaz on April 13, 2010 at 7:25 AM

If Obama is going to keep up this bowing nonsense, then the next time he is with a world leader, he might as well as turn around and bow while the world leader goes and….

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 April 13, 2010 at 7:39 AM

One commie bowing to another commie.

Dave R. on April 13, 2010 at 7:41 AM

Cue Lefties saying all this bow criticizng is racist or something and bringing up something Bush did 10 years ago to justify it.

Speedwagon82 on April 13, 2010 at 8:02 AM

Maybe he’s just being, erm, polite and respectful? Alien to your way of thinking, I know, but it’s worth considering, eh? Only in American can a bow be seen as a sign of weakness.

Grow Fins on April 12, 2010 at 10:46 PM

It is a sign of weakness, you dipstick.

The President of the United States bows to no one.

If you can’t see that the United States of America is the best country in the world, and the most powerful, and the only stopgap between a world completely ruled by tyrannical dictators, then you are more stupid than I first imagined.

You libs need to wake up and wake up quick.

davidk on April 13, 2010 at 8:21 AM

This next generation is shaping up to be quite the doozy, are they not? Revered from the time they were in diapers, fluffed over for making wee-wee in the potty, thanked profusely for raising their hand in school, given huge trophies for “participation”, their powers of reasoning and rational discourse seem to be lacking, yet they suffer no lack of self-esteem. They are free to enter opposing-view message boards and lecture elders on the benefits of “respect”.

Grace_is_sufficient on April 13, 2010 at 6:03 AM

Well stated.

davidk on April 13, 2010 at 8:23 AM

So; Who’s the REAL child in the White House?

Cybergeezer on April 13, 2010 at 8:26 AM

Maybe he’s just being, erm, polite and respectful? Alien to your way of thinking, I know, but it’s worth considering, eh? Only in American can a bow be seen as a sign of weakness.

Grow Fins on April 12, 2010 at 10:46 PM

Funny that the same libtards who went apes$*T when Bush held hands with the Saudi king now think bowing by the THE ONE is a-ok.

Liberal. Mental. Disease.

angryed on April 13, 2010 at 8:38 AM

Er … in China one bows to one’s superior.
—-
Hope on April 13, 2010 at 5:06 AM

No in china no one Bows after cultural revolution. In Japan and Korea they still bow. The one giving more respect bows lower. A worker would bow lower than boss. In business we both bow some with a hand shake. BUT PRESIDENT SHOULD NEVER BOW. IT IS DISRESPECTFUL TO USA. World leaders and people who our friends want a strong America as it keeps world safe.
He is using old salesman hand shake tricks. In this case his hand is turn down putting the other person off balance and is coming into their space. The other thing he dose sometimes is tilt hand upwards pulling the person into his space and put hand on shoulder, its used to make you feel like your are old friends. I true hand shake should be on equal terms both hands turned down small amount. He thinks he is being smart but these guys know these things and are offended by his actions. He is also showing this guy hey am taller than you and have to come down to your level because your a child. He is such a fake piece of S#1t.

Ed Laskie on April 13, 2010 at 8:52 AM

Hey, Oh-Oh the Bow-faced Boy: your time’s up… resign… NOW

ya2daup on April 13, 2010 at 8:53 AM

If you think this bow is bad, you should see the classified photos of The One backstage on his knees giving the Chinese leader a hummer.

olesparkie on April 13, 2010 at 9:11 AM

I want to see someone start bowing to Zero…

PatriotRider on April 13, 2010 at 9:18 AM

This is not humility, it is narcissism.

“Look how superiorly humble I am! More humbler than anyone else! No one can stop me from prostrating America before dictators and figureheads! I’m the man!”

This is one sick %#*&.

Akzed on April 13, 2010 at 9:18 AM

Maybe he’s just being, erm, polite and respectful? Alien to your way of thinking, I know, but it’s worth considering, eh? Only in American can a bow be seen as a sign of weakness. Grow Fins on April 12, 2010 at 10:46 PM

Like any other thoughtless liberal, you think that your part of a debate entails merely saying anything, then pretending it makes sense.

You don’t deserve the time of day, but this is for anyone reading this who isn’t a complete moron but wonders whether you might have a point: heads of state do not bow to one another. Have you not noticed this? Have you not noticed that no other head of state has bowed to Obooba?

Akzed on April 13, 2010 at 9:23 AM

He’s doing the bow as another cryptic, finger, to the American people. He knows that Americans detest our President bowing to foreigners. He doesn’t care. It’s just more juvenile passive aggressive behavior from Obama-mao. This guy is a piece of work…

Nozzle on April 13, 2010 at 9:41 AM

He is totally doing this on purpose now. He is sticking it to the American people.I am so proud of our dictator-in- cheif!

sweet92169 on April 13, 2010 at 9:50 AM

This was the I-better-not-go-too-low-or-I’ll-get-heat-bow

crazywater on April 13, 2010 at 9:57 AM

Abbott: “Did you hear who Obama bowed to now?”

Costello: “Who?”

Abbott: “That’s right.”

Costello: “What do you mean “that’s right’?”

Abbott: “He bowed to Hu”

Costello: “If you don’t know, why are you asking me?”

Abbott: “I do know…He bowed to Hu”

Costello: “Let’s try this another way. Obama bowed…’

Abbott: “Right….”

Costello: “And he bowed to who?”

Abbott: “Right.”

Costello: “No….Who is person he bowed to,,,”

Abbott: “Right”

Costello: “Aaaagh. Let’s try again. When the President bowed, , he was bowing to someone and that person was…?”

Abbott: “President Hu.”

Costello: “President Obama you nitwit. Obama was bowing to who?”

Abbott: “That’s right. He was bowing to the president!”

Costello: “The president was bowing to himself?”

Abbott: “To President Hu..”

Costello: “President Obama you moron. Good Grief. Let’s try something else…When did this happen?”

Abbott: “What?”

Costello: “Obama bowing…..When?”

Abbott: “Wen? Heck no. The Prime Minister wasn’t even there!”

Kasper Hauser on April 13, 2010 at 9:59 AM

What I want to know is every time he does this and the usual suspects come out and blather on about ‘respect’, ‘big deal’ blah…blah…blah…

Why does Gibbs come out and deny that President PantLoad did it at all???

BigWyo on April 13, 2010 at 10:02 AM

His judgement is making up for his lack of experience./snark

shick on April 13, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Has he ever thought of not bowing? He’s done it a hundred times, and there’s really no point to it. SNL could have a field day with this, but they’re too busy doing bad jokes about Sarah Palin. Maybe Saturday Night Live should be called Obama’s Sycophant Night Love or something lame like that, hmmmm?

NathanG on April 13, 2010 at 10:32 AM

Drudge has a picture up of Obama pointing a finger at Canadian PM Harper. Dear lord, what is that about? He isn’t pissing off Canada now, is he?

journeyintothewhirlwind on April 13, 2010 at 10:36 AM

Some day after our current Appeaser-in-Chief is mercifully uprooted from his current position, the president of this great country might once again be a real defender of America who shakes hands with chest out and chin up and resists any urge to show even the faintest deferential head tilt to any foreign woman or man.

Edouard on April 13, 2010 at 10:40 AM

Drudge has a picture up of Obama pointing a finger at Canadian PM Harper. Dear lord, what is that about? He isn’t pissing off Canada now, is he?

journeyintothewhirlwind on April 13, 2010 at 10:36 AM

Hope and change baby! Not only did Julio make VP at McDonalds, detroit got tons of Obama money, mortgages and gas tanks paid for…

This democrat juggernaut Obama salves all pains, he is the great equalizer, he is justice, he makes right all wrongs.

Keep voting democrat!

Inanemergencydial on April 13, 2010 at 10:58 AM

I have zero knowledge of diplomatic etiquette, but I found the bowing less offensive than the giddy, ear-to-ear smile he wore when embracing Hugo Chavez.

GW on April 13, 2010 at 11:11 AM

In Asian countries people bow instead of handshaking. Why waste time on stuff like this?

Chekote on April 13, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Obama’s idiotic behavior is seen in all that he does. But this out of place bowing shtick looks as if he has a chip implant that automates the bow whether Obama means to or not. His puppet-masters are certainly enjoying pulling the strings, watching Obama bob for apples as it were, all wet and stuck on stupid.

maverick muse on April 13, 2010 at 11:25 AM

Elephant in the room:

What no one is willing to observe – the only leaders that Obama will bow to AREN’T WHITE and the ones who he basically spits in their faces with his attitude all ARE WHITE (which includes white Jews like Bibi).

That this is the measure of his attitude of who is worthy of respect should speak volumes.

babylonandon on April 13, 2010 at 11:26 AM

Chekote on April 13, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Only Obama is bowing, so you’re off the mark there.

Besides, in China and Japan, you never take your eyes off each other during a greeting of mutual respect bow.

Look eye. Always look eye!

maverick muse on April 13, 2010 at 11:31 AM

Looking at the floor has always been a sign of subjugation, as in the China Emperor’s presence, his subject-servants were never allowed to look at his face or turn their back, but keep their head down and their body either bowed or postrate.

maverick muse on April 13, 2010 at 11:34 AM

In Asian countries people bow instead of handshaking. Why waste time on stuff like this?

Chekote on April 13, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Look more closely.

Does Hu bow to Obama even one inch?

Will he ever bow to Obama? Of course he doesn’t and he won’t, because heads of state do not bow to each other.

Read Akzed on April 13, 2010 at 9:23 AM above — he is 100% correct. Heads of State do not bow to each other, sorry. The only reason to do so is to signal subservience.

Edouard on April 13, 2010 at 11:34 AM

Only Obama is bowing, so you’re off the mark there.

Bush held hands with Saudi king. I guess he was gay.

Chekote on April 13, 2010 at 11:59 AM

In Asian countries people bow instead of handshaking. Why waste time on stuff like this?

Uhmm… No Chekote. No they don’t.

They bow in Japan..not China. The Chinese view bowing as distinctly Japanese and do not do it. In China, they shake hands and to demonstrate deference or respect, one shakes the other’s hand more softly, perhaps covering the right “shaking” hand with the left. One may nod, but never, ever do they bow.

Obama is showing a lack of experience and judgment.

Kasper Hauser on April 13, 2010 at 12:04 PM

Is this what the conservative movement about these days? Fretting over a picture frame? As long as we waste our time on this nonsense we are not fit to lead the country.

Chekote on April 13, 2010 at 12:07 PM

Good grief! Not again! Well, gag me with a maggot.

GrannyDee on April 13, 2010 at 12:18 PM

Is this what the conservative movement about these days? Fretting over a picture frame? As long as we waste our time on this nonsense we are not fit to lead the country.

Chekote on April 13, 2010 at 12:07 PM

Oh look, a disingenuous liberal troll! (Are there any other kind of liberal trolls?)

I’m guessing that disinterest in dignified head-of-state protocol must stem from liberal love for a subservient diplomacy and foreign-policy weakness from their president.

Why is such weakness so acceptable and indeed so beloved by liberals?

Because it brings America down a few pegs to serve the liberal mantra that Americans should be no stronger than anyone else.

Edouard on April 13, 2010 at 12:35 PM

Is this what the conservative movement about these days? Fretting over a picture frame? As long as we waste our time on this nonsense we are not fit to lead the country.

Chekote on April 13, 2010 at 12:07 PM

That’s right. Listen to her. What if this sparsely documented individual is trying to turn our Free Republic into a third-rate Democratic Socialist state? Nothing to see here. More along.///

kingsjester on April 13, 2010 at 12:37 PM

Did Nixon bow?

Christien on April 13, 2010 at 12:41 PM

This next generation is shaping up to be quite the doozy, are they not? Revered from the time they were in diapers, fluffed over for making wee-wee in the potty, thanked profusely for raising their hand in school, given huge trophies for “participation”, their powers of reasoning and rational discourse seem to be lacking, yet they suffer no lack of self-esteem. They are free to enter opposing-view message boards and lecture elders on the benefits of “respect”.

Grace_is_sufficient on April 13, 2010

I just got here and I’m not sure to which generation you refer. If you are talking about 18 to 24 year olds, please consider the thousands now serving in uniform, fighting and dying for the freedom of the rest of us, as well as the freedom of people whose customs, religion and speech they may not understand. I would rather have them define their generation and not the coddled, carping do-nothings gathering dust in ivy league classrooms around this country.
If you weren’t talking about them, then please excuse my comments.

Extrafishy on April 13, 2010 at 12:44 PM

That’s right. Listen to her. What if this sparsely documented individual is trying to turn our Free Republic into a third-rate Democratic Socialist state? Nothing to see here. More along.///

And fretting over a picture frame helps your cause how? And please stop with the talk show word salad.

Chekote on April 13, 2010 at 1:01 PM

Why is such weakness so acceptable and indeed so beloved by liberals?

Was Bush weak when he held the hand of the Saudi King? Really stop.

Chekote on April 13, 2010 at 1:02 PM

And fretting over a picture frame helps your cause how? And please stop with the talk show word salad.

Chekote on April 13, 2010 at 1:01 PM

LOL. So says Miss Democratic/Liberal Talking Points herself.

kingsjester on April 13, 2010 at 1:13 PM

One thing Obama is successful at; DESTABILIZING THE PLANET EARTH.
The economy and security of planet earth is, and has been, reliant on the stability of the United States for more than a century.
The next administration will have a monumental task of repairing the economic and physical security of many countries, including the United States.
With any luck, we shall make it to the next administration without an intercontinental war.

Cybergeezer on April 13, 2010 at 1:30 PM

Maybe he’s just being, erm, polite and respectful? Alien to your way of thinking, I know, but it’s worth considering, eh? Only in American can a bow be seen as a sign of weakness.

Grow Fins on April 12, 2010 at 10:46 PM

And, as we all know, the American ideological left has been noted for its polite respect to all communist thugs and fascist dictators.

Your idol treats human rights abusers with far more deference than our close allies. You’ve failed so hard here that the raw force of it ought to go back in time and sterilize your parents.

TheUnrepentantGeek on April 13, 2010 at 1:31 PM

A picture is worth a thousand words.

Christien on April 13, 2010 at 1:33 PM

http://twitter.com/JaneaneGarofal

minutes ago on twitter

Sometimes it’s good to bow to other world leaders. It shows respect. Our president knows what’s best for our country, so suck it up racist. — Janeane Garofalo

Americannodash on April 13, 2010 at 2:12 PM

Was Bush weak when he held the hand of the Saudi King? Really stop.

Chekote on April 13, 2010 at 1:02 PM

Oh no doubt, that was a mistake by Bush. That was not an image he should have projected.

But if Bush’s hand-holding is a sore point with you, why are Obama’s multiple subservient bows just fine and dandy? Let’s not conveniently forget that Obama’s own bow to the Saudi king was so servile, and so low and deep that he practically could have sniffed cocaine off the floor.

Edouard on April 13, 2010 at 2:21 PM

As for the picture of Obama and Harper:

Obama: I’m going to show I’m tough, watch me lecture the Canadian!

Harper: I’ll be happy to sell our oil to China or India, I suppose, you jackass.

Karthanon on April 13, 2010 at 2:29 PM

Obama is a tool! I feel better now.

MCGIRV on April 13, 2010 at 2:53 PM

Maybe he’s just being, erm, polite and respectful? Alien to your way of thinking, I know, but it’s worth considering, eh? Only in American [sic] can a bow be seen as a sign of weakness.

Grow Fins on April 12, 2010 at 10:46 PM

So, what was your reaction when the Chinese leader didn’t show the same ‘respect’ or ‘politeness’ to the American leader? Was the Chinese leader showing weakness? Is he a racist because he didn’t bow to Obama? What conclusions are to be drawn from your conjecture, exactly?

RD on April 13, 2010 at 3:15 PM

There is no way… he can be this stupid, so many times…

Obama, your “Blame America ’09” tour was crap you pompous idiot!

Razgriez on April 13, 2010 at 3:37 PM

In Asian countries people bow instead of handshaking. Why waste time on stuff like this?
Chekote on April 13, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Looks like you forgot the /”all-Asians-are-the-same”-style-bigot closing tag. And if Obama’s bow to a world leader is such a “waste of time”, why bother commenting on it, then?

And was Akzed wasting his time by casually deflating your “all-Asians-are-the-same-(at-least-when-it-comes-to-etiquette)” embarrassment of an argument? I notice you wasted your time in responding, not with a direct reply, mind you, but with yet another admonition not to “waste our time”, laced yet again with the fatuous “we”:

Is this what the conservative movement [sic] about these days? Fretting over a picture frame? As long as we waste our time on this nonsense we are not fit to lead the country.

Chekote on April 13, 2010 at 12:07 PM

If “we” refers to commenters like you, then you’re not fit to lead the country, period. You needed to post on HotAir in order to figure that out?

RD on April 13, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Humble.

Bumble.

Tumble.

Crumble.

seejanemom on April 13, 2010 at 4:25 PM

AllahPundit really does like Pres. Obama, doesn’t he? What a little bowing will do for your foreign policy. I suspect more American politicians should start by to all foreign dignitaries from now on. I mean, the President is overseeing the demise of American supremacy so well, we all ought to join the bandwagon and get with the program. Especially when it comes to China since they pretty much own us and our workforce anyway.

On another note, why don’t we just let these foreign dignitaries spark up on airplanes? I mean, that might go along way to promote foreign policy advances as well.

/sarc

Sultry Beauty on April 13, 2010 at 4:28 PM

Add “bowing” to the above. It is so antithesis to my American psyche, I can’t even write it when I’m being sarcastic.

Sultry Beauty on April 13, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Only in American can a bow be seen as a sign of weakness.

Grow Fins on April 12, 2010 at 10

One head of state doesn’t bow to another…unless it is customary in their related cultures to bow to one another.

The President of the United States does not bow to anyone, nor does the First Lady curtsy.

Now, if another head of state or dignitary bowed, and the President did not one to offend, then I could accept that but not little more than a nod of the head. Maybe placing the left hand on their right hands while shaking and extend the hand shake for a time would be a good way to compensate for not actually bowing.

When the President of the United States bows, in effect that means the entire nation is bowing.

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 13, 2010 at 4:59 PM

Hey, while we’re at it…

A TALE OF 3 PHOTO OPS:

1. As shown in this thread, Pres. Obama bows to the President of China, the leader of the Communist Party.

2. He hugs the President of Brazil, the leader of the Socialist “Workers’ Party”.

3. He sticks his finger in the face of the Canadian PM, who is the leader of the Conservative Party.

Enough said.

Sultry Beauty on April 13, 2010 at 5:02 PM

While I’m at it, let me address our recent Leftist Troll who thinks it’s not a big deal for a President to bow. Why not get a nicer view of this bow! NOTICE HOW THE PRESIDENT OF CHINA DOESN’T BOW TO HIM BUT LOOKS AT THE TOP OF THE U.S. PRESIDENT’S HEAD! It’s obviously not a PRIORITY for the Chinese President to do the customary cultural effort of tilting one’s head.

Sultry Beauty on April 13, 2010 at 5:08 PM

That Janeane Garofalo – what a charmer.

Philly on April 13, 2010 at 5:57 PM

Blame Canada.

Philly on April 13, 2010 at 5:59 PM

I noticed precedent Osama is poking Bebe Netanyahu in the chest and standing really close to him, but he gets on all fours and bows and genuflects to the saudi barbarian clown. Barry is a jihadi who hates Jews.

Jerricho68 on April 13, 2010 at 7:24 PM

The next time he bows to another despot, especially a Muslim despot, I hope he blows out lower vertabrae L4, L5 and L6 so that he will be painfully, spasmodically reminded every moment of the rest of his life of his treachery and incompetence.

CatchAll on April 13, 2010 at 10:18 PM

The ChinaCom may as well bare his ass too for O to kiss it.

johnnyU on April 13, 2010 at 10:44 PM

It’s to show Americans that they are not exceptional. He got this idea from where he gets all his insight into international politics, Hollywood. It’s another battle in his ongoing war against American Excpetionalism. In effect, he’s saying, “Look I may be the leader of the United States of American but that’s nothing speical.”

Fred 2 on April 14, 2010 at 12:22 AM

@Kasper Hauser,
Thank you for the new Abbot and Costello routine – twas funny !

And for all those idiots who think that ALL ASIANS bow, you only show how deeply ignorant you are…thereby effectively strengthening the stereotype of how Americans are ignorant of other cultures and tend to lump similar looking people together.

It works both ways – others are not aware of American culture either. But they dont try to pretend that they do – which is exactly what Obama is doing here.

Mr.Pretend President.

nagee76 on April 14, 2010 at 2:35 AM

NOTICE HOW THE PRESIDENT OF CHINA DOESN’T BOW TO HIM BUT LOOKS AT THE TOP OF THE U.S. PRESIDENT’S HEAD! I
Well, people see only what they want to see, I suppose.

Its all the evil Bush’s fault anyways ! Bush has made Obama bow ! There, i said it. Happy libtrolls?

nagee76 on April 14, 2010 at 2:38 AM

It astonishes me, frankly, that otherwise sentient beings are gazing at their navels and trying to ascribe deep meaning to the ongoing abasement of their country by its “leader.”

Wake up, kids. Obama’s not clever enough to come up with this onslaught of wrong moves on his own.

warbaby on April 14, 2010 at 9:57 AM

But…what to do with this….HEAD ASPLODE!!!!!!!!

Constant Parrhesia on April 14, 2010 at 3:02 PM