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Obama’s botched bow – American Thinker

November 14, 2009

bowing to the emperorNovember 14, 2009

Obama’s botched bow

Thomas Lifson

Bad enough that Obama bowed down to another head of state yesterday. Even worse, he did not bother to learn how one bows in Japan, and just winged it.

I agree with Scott Johnson, Steve Gilbert, Andrew Malcom, and many others that the President of the United States should not be bowing before any head of state. But unlike these astute observers, I actually know a little something about the art of the bow in Japan, having lived in Japan four different times on a resident visa, taught East Asian Studies at Harvard, and counseled many hundreds of American, European, Middle Eastern, and Australian executives on how to work and negotiate with the Japanese — including teaching them the right way to bow.

Obama’s bow (below) violates a fundamental precept: NO TOUCHING while bowing.

via American Thinker Blog: Obama’s botched bow.

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5 Comments
  1. November 15, 2009 12:39 AM

    Did you live in Japan?
    When were you here?

    Is Obama’s bow controversial in America?
    Though his bow is wrong, I think most Japanese respect him for trying.

    http://tokyo5.wordpress.com/2009/11/14/tara-chan/

  2. Patti Dahlstrom permalink
    November 15, 2009 5:39 AM

    His bowing to show humility is humiliating to America. It is as false as he is. You notice the Japanese aren’t bowing to him!

  3. GOP permalink
    November 15, 2009 5:44 PM

    Obama hates American conservatives, and labels them as potential domestic terrorists. But he bows to foreign kings, and mirandizes jihadis. Welcome to Obamaland!

  4. rtk_51 permalink
    November 16, 2009 12:54 PM

    Notice how Obama bows to Monarchs of third world nations but doesn’t bow to Queen Elizabeth, this shows who he thinks he is superior to and who he thinks he is inferior to.

  5. zak permalink
    November 22, 2009 8:01 PM

    Since obamas soooo good at apologizing for the U.S. Maybe he can apologize for himself, He couldnt take five minutes to learn a proper greeting of such importance?

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