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Take A Bow, Mr. President


In recent months, President Obama has come under attack for observing the customs of the countries he has visited, including bowing to world leaders. The biggest tantrum came when Obama bowed to Japan’s Emperor Akihito in a show of respect – one leader to another. Last time I checked, Japan was one of our strongest allies.

But the Right acted as though President Obama had just given up the nuclear codes to Hugo Chavez. This pathological ethnocentric behavior is a hallmark of the Right, who are never Wrong. This tizzy over bowing is just more pissant criticism a la mustard on a hamburger.

This is the same crowd who confuses acting tough with being tough; who equates patriotism with wearing a flag pin or chanting “USA! USA!”; and who seems to base their entire  foreign policy on the show “24.” This is the same crowd whose own sense of patriotism seems to be not so much love of country as just disdain for all other cultures. This is the same sort of mindless nationalism that gets countries into trouble every time. They’re so afraid of appearing weak in another’s eyes. The Right, it seems, has a terminal case of Irritable Bow Syndrome.

True weakness, however, is never admitting a mistake or righting a wrong.  After 9/11 we had the goodwill of the whole world, which George W. Bush completely squandered on a Crusade for blood and treasure.   As a result of the go it alone cowboy diplomacy of Bush/Cheney, we were left with virtually only one ally: The Honorary Halliburton Employee Of The Month, Tony Blair… and about 10 guys from Poland.

One of the loudest chickenhawks to flap his feathers at this bowing incident in Japan was none other than Dick Cheney. What does Dick Cheney have against bowing anyway? He bowed out of Vietnam.

Does it bother me that my president bows to another leader? No. What really bothers me is when my president invades another country under a false pretense, declares victory in the first quarter, violates our ideals by torturing our enemies, etc. etc.  Guess I’m Old School.

Thank you President Obama for restoring our global image.  We’re glad to have rejoined the civilized world again by taking the high ground and not torturing our enemies or the English language.  Now we work with our allies and we talk to our enemies.

Finally let’s put this whole bowing business in its proper historical context with a little slide show:

Nixon bowing to Japanese Emporer Hirohito, on American soil. Yeah, the guy who ordered the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Nixon bowing to China's Chairman Mao Zedong in 1972.

G.W. Bush kissing the Saudi King.

What was President Obama supposed to do with Emperor Akihito…throw up on him?

Take a bow, Mr. President, we’ve got your back. Sane America wants you to succeed.

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  1. joe
    August 6, 2010 at 11:04 am

    You are a dumb ass if you think Obama’s bow was related to Japaness custom. I’ve lived in japan for 20 years and no gaijin is expected to bow to a Japanese – a handshake will do. And from the photo Obama is bowing low enough to kiss and spit shine the emperor’s shoes. This did not gain him any browny points with the Japanese people except with the imperialists here who want to wage war against the U.S. again someday. Japans imperialists were delighted to see an American president kow-towing to their emperor god.

    Obama has a love for deep, shoe and pinky ring kissing bows to royalty and dictators. This is very unbecoming a president of a free country. Maybe he did not read up on American history, but we fought a war with a monarch just so we would not have to kneel or bow to them again. Arlington is filled with patriots who gave their lives for this freedom – the least Obama could do is honor them and standing upright when greeting royalty and heads of state.

    • August 6, 2010 at 11:19 pm

      Seriously, dude, your email is “obamasucks@hotmail.com”? Wow, does your Mom know your on the computer? Yes, Joe, it was much better when we had a 5 deferred weasel for a Vice-President and a President who went AWOL in the Air National Guard of Texas saluting our troops. Two chickenhawks who had better things to do than serve in Vietnam. Don’t make me laugh.

  2. Evil Monkey
    July 13, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    In Japan, vomitting on someone is considered by some to be a sexual act, one that some men would pay to receive. 2 heads of state, 1 dinner party. Good thing the Emporer did not reciprocate; Bush1 would have had to register it as a gift with the State Department.

  3. July 13, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Zing! Right on the money. An excellent piece of work. May I send the link ot all my ALWAYS RIGHT friends?

  4. May 30, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    If only I had a dime for every time I came here! Great writing.

  5. The Clandestine Samurai
    May 2, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Also, that’s a…..uh…a pretty intense kiss Bush is having there.

  6. The Clandestine Samurai
    May 2, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    I think I read somewhere that Obama also managed to ease the anger Russia had towards us as well.

    Lol, their foreign policy from the show “24”! I’ll have to disagree with you there. I believe right-wing idol worship is centered on John Wayne. Probably “24” as well, along with things starring Sylvester Stallone.

    • joe
      August 6, 2010 at 11:09 am

      Best to suck up to the Russians – the birthplace of communism. The Russians are so loved by their neighbors and eastern Europe. Obama has a soft spot for dictators and bullies – yup, the world is a safer place.

  7. @Marnus3
    April 30, 2010 at 8:37 am

    Your comments hit the mark. Great read.

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