Sunday, November 15, 2009

No, he didn't!

Yes, he did. He bowed to the emperor of Japan.



When I was a young lieutenant I had a buddy on the General's staff. Her job was protocol officer and she did all manner of things, like make sure the seating was right when the General gave a dinner and made sure that The General was briefed on social niceties before each event. Basically, to make sure that The General didn't look like a buffoon at events where the press or photographers might be present.

Does not The President have a protocol officer? Someone to tell him that Americans don't bow to anyone? It doesn't seem so, does it? And, our President is not accustomed to being an American, so he's not sure how he should act. It's embarrassing.

6 comments:

Windy Wilson said...

Americans bow to no one!
Therefore A Fortiori, the President of the United States bows to no one!
Hell, the American Flag doesn't even dip as it passes the reviewing stand as a sign of respect to any head of state -- anywhere in the world-- The President's @#$%^&* protocol officer should check the @#$%^&* Flag Code (or better still, ask any Tenderfoot-ranked Boy Scout!!!!!

Michael "Traitor" Moore accused Bush 41 and Bush 43 of being Presidents for the Saudis, first, but considering the unseemly and improper obeisance, ol' 44 is the president for the Saudis.

Bob said...

I am glad my father and uncles all of whom went through a bery long war in the South Pacific are not alive to se this.

J said...

He's simply showing respect for the emperor the way his protocal officer probably told him to do it. You people are making a mountain from a molehill.

Rivrdog said...

"J", in case you haven't looked it up lately, protocol IS all about making mountains out of molehills, and always was.

If Obama wants to change that protocol, he's probably entitled to do that, but as a follower of protocol (all military officers are REQUIRED to be), I think he owes the world an explanation of what the new protocols ARE.

Not giving an explanation means that he has broken the OLD protocols (as mentioned above, because the old protocols are in place until they are formally changed), so YES, there is a protocol failure here.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, Rivrdog, but I didn't know the proper presidential protocol was to insult the emperor of an ally. I guess the president should have slapped the old man on the back and said, "How's yo' momma 'n 'em? Got any watermellon?"

Termite said...

J said...
He's simply showing respect for the emperor the way his protocal officer probably told him to do it. You people are making a mountain from a molehill.



I'm certainly not an expert on Japanese protocol, and the Japanese bow to each other all the time. This may be one case where a slight bow is proper protocol.

HOWEVER,
BHO knelt before the Saudi king. That is just going too far. Heads of states DO NOT kneel before each other, unless they are offering submission.

And J,
It's not any single thing that BHO has done, it's more the sum of them all.