We Didn’t See The Obama Bow We Saw

US President Barack Obama bows to King Abdullah of Saudi ArabiaNow, either almost everyone who saw it was delusional, or we truly have an arrogant lot in The White House that believes they can change reality just because they say so.

The White House is denying that the president bowed to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia at a G-20 meeting in London, a scene that drew criticism on the right and praise from some Arab outlets. “It wasn’t a bow. He grasped his hand with two hands, and he’s taller than King Abdullah,” said an Obama aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

As Chris Rock cited a wife who caught her husband cheating, “You know you did it. Just admit it.!”

The Washington Times called the alleged bow a “shocking display of fealty to a foreign potentate” and said it violated centuries of American tradition of not deferring to royalty. The Weekly Standard, meanwhile, noted that American protocol apparently rules out bowing, or at least it reportedly did on the occasion of a Clinton “near-bow” to the emperor of Japan.

Interestingly, a columnist in the Saudi-backed Arabic paper Asharq Alawsat also took the gesture as a bow and appreciated the move.

So I guess the Pittsburgh Steelers will not have won the Super Bowl (despite the fact we all saw it on television) if The White House said it didn’t happen. Is that how it works now?

9 Responses

  1. The Machine

    “He grasped his hand with two hands, and he’s taller than King Abdullah,” said an Obama aide…”

    Watch the video.

    Obama has one of his hands down on his leg while he grasps hand with the other and BOWS.

    This is too easy.

  2. fboiteau

    Ok, if on this picture the man who bows wasn’t Obama and was…let’s say… Shaq, in that case I’d have nothing to say because the man’s so tall he’d HAVE to bow like this to shake the saudi king’s hand. But Obama isn’t 7 feet 9 inches either…

    Gonna have a field day with this one…

  3. Kaoul

    It’s clear that Obama was sizing up the king for a ‘rough and tumble’ shoulder tackle, but then at the last minute remembered that he is the POTUS and resumed normal posture…

  4. chrisbg99

    Unless the guy’s hand was near the floor, they are full of crap.

  5. OldnyFirefighter

    If it wasn’t a bow, it must have been a nipple nibble – just about the correct height. Videos don’t lie unless it is edited by Obamabots.

  6. Ilion

    Douglas Wilson: Sins Are Like Grapes — while that little essay is directly about children and parents, it’s also about human beings in general; the idea is that the reason people so resist admiting to what everyone *saw* is that the admission may act as a “breach in the dam:” the admission of this known and obvious thing might well lead to the admission of unknownor not so obvious things.

  7. Ilion

    We’ve seen not only the picture, but the video: that was a bow.

  8. Nick

    what’s next? will they say “pay no attention to the man behind the curtain” ?

  9. IT Nerd

    Richard Pryor said it best:

    “Who you gonna believe? Me or your lyin eyes?”


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