Nov 16 2009
Japan expert to ABC: Yes, Obama’s bow made him look like an idiot!
So much of an idiot, in fact, that according to Tapper’s source, at least one Japanese paper isn’t running the photo out of embarrassment. This tool actually groveled himself into a minor international incident.
“Kyodo News is running his appropriate and reciprocated nod and shake with the Empress, certainly to show the president as dignified, and not in the form of a first year English teacher trying to impress with Karate Kid-level knowledge of Japanese customs.
“The bow as he performed did not just display weakness in Red State terms, butevoked weakness in Japanese terms….The last thing the Japanese want or need is a weak looking American president and, again, in all ways, he unintentionally played that part. HOT AIR
BNI’S ORIGINAL POST:
In the photo below, notice how low Obama is bowing to the Emperor, yet the Emperor is NOT bowing back. In Japan, this signifies that the Emperor (whose father surrendered to the U.S. in WWII) now has higher status than the President. He who bows lower in Japan is the lesser man, lesser in status, standing, or position in life. Also, in Japan, one never bows AND shakes hands at the same time. And NEVER EVER looks at the floor rather than in the other person’s eyes. Who the hell is advising this Idiot-in-Chief? LINK