Thursday, 26 November 2009

Much a bow about bowing

After his recent Asia trip, there's been a lot made and much brouhaha (at least in the US) about this display of Obama simply following international protocol and offering a formal bow to Japan's Emperor Akihito. Critics claimed the sign of deference went against US State Department protocol, which decrees, somewhat arrogantly, that presidents bow to no one.

I just see it as Obama acknowledging a man wearing a superiorly tailored suit - no doubt Saville Row of London.



  1. OH how refreshing to see a US president with an understanding of international protocol. Way to go Obama!

  2. Cosmic Navel Lint27 November 2009 at 09:59

    Agreed Anne, and it's certainly a step up from his predecessor, who's only grasp of world geography came through invading it.

  3. And whose most publicised moment was spelling potato incorrectly............ hardly a natural Asian ambassador...!!!

  4. Cosmic Navel Lint27 November 2009 at 20:11

    Dan "Potatoe" Quayle - apparently, when he was VP to Bush Snr, if anything happened to Bush, the CIA were under strict orders to shoot Quayle, just in case he became president.

    Of course I could be lying... ;)


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