Friday, April 17, 2009

Zo And Crowder on Obama Bowing to the Saudi King

The embedded clips show Zo and Crowder's takes on Obama Bowing to the Saudi King. One (hopefully last) point on the bow incident from me.

Some people are trying to give Obama a pass on the bow by citing then President Bush's hand holding of the Saudi King. This demonstrates either a lack of cultural understanding on the part of the excuser, or an intentional misrepresentation of the gestures respective meanings. Hand holding is a sign of mutual respect; emphasis on the mutual. Bowing is a sign of subservience; the bower being subservient. That important difference is why anyone even slightly perturbed by Bush's actions should be really upset by what Obama did. Hand holding does not excuse a bow.

Obama should have come out when this first happened and admitted he made a mistake. He could have said that he was just trying to show respect. Instead they appeared to make up some rather lame excuse which just served to perpetuate the story.

Video embedded below. (from

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?
Berman Post: Gibbs on The 'Obama Bow' to The Saudi King

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