White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was asked at a press conference by a CNN reporter if Obama bowed to the Saudi king. Gibbs repeated the same thing the anonymous white house aide said, that Obama was just bending over to shake the kings hand. As I said in my last post on this subject (Berman Post: White House - Obama Did Not Bow to Saudi King), I think the Obama administration would have been better served to try to ignore this and hope it goes away then to make up what by most appearances seems to be a lie.
Video embedded below. (From http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2009/04/10/gibbs_denies_obama_bowed_to_abdullah.html)
Transcript (From http://freedomeden.blogspot.com/2009/04/gibbs-lies-about-obamas-bow.html):
"DAN LOTHIAN, CNN: When the President met with King Abdullah, there was something that took place which I believe the White House explained was just the president being taller than the king. We took a look at the video, and it does appear that the president actually bowed to King Abdullah. Did he bow or didn't he?
ROBERT GIBBS: No, I think he bent over with both, to shake -- with both hands to shake his hand, so I don't--
LOTHIAN: -- one hand --
GIBBS: Well I... (laughter)
LOTHIAN: Did he bow or didn't he?
GIBBS: No. But I think this meeting was like a week ago, right?
LOTHIAN: That's right but this is something a lot of people are talking about today.
GIBBS: I can only imagine it is of great cause and concern for many people struggling with the economy."
Past related posts (oldest first):
Berman Post: White House - Obama Did Not Bow to Saudi King
Berman Post: Obama Bows to Saudi Arabian King?
Berman Post: More on Obama Bows to Saudi Arabian King
Berman Post: Bush Bowed To Saudi King Too?