Why is this man bowing? (Because he hates America…???)
Power Line ^ | November 14, 2009 | Scott Johnson
Posted on Saturday, November 14, 2009 9:17:28 AM by yoe
(We criticized) Barack Obama when he bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia. Americans do not bow to royalty. When the royal is the ruling tyrant of a despotic regime, the wrong is compounded. Obama’s bowing to the King was deeply offensive.
When the story emerged from the shadows of the Internet,(Ben Smith) ran an item on Politico with the White House denying the bow. “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. Bill O’Reilly ran a bemused segment on it once the White House denied what Obama had done.
A reporter asked Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs about the bow. Under his own name and on the record, (Gibbs denied) what any fool could see. Indeed, one astute observer (commented on CNN) that “Ray Charles could see that he bowed.”
Obama has now done it again. Andrew Malcolm asks (and reports): (: “How low will he go? Obama gives Japan’s Emperor Akihito a wow bow.”)
Obama’s breach of protocol is of a piece with the substance of his foreign policy. He means to teach Americans to bow before monarchs. He embodies the ideological multiculturalism that sets the United States on the same plane as other regimes based on tribal privilege and royal bloodlines. He gives expressive form to the idea that the United States now willingly prostrates itself before the rest of the world. He declares that the United States is a country like any other, only worse, because we have so much for which to apologize.
In the photo above, retrieved by Malcolm from Army archives for his post on Obama’s bow, Douglas Macarthur is pictured with Emperor Hirohito. Malcolm observes that Macarthur “treated Emperor Hirohito respectfully but, as his body language in this black and white postwar photo demonstrates, was not particularly deferential.”
Macarthur was a faithful representative of the only country in history founded on the proposition that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” When Macarthur stood beside the Emperor, he did so as a representative of the Untied States. Macarthur not only believed in the proposition that all men are created equal, he sought to teach it to others. Japan was a case in point.
Malcolm thus misses the difference between Macarthur and Obama. Obama is not particularly deferential either. Obama is a man of extraordinary arrogance. He seeks fundamentally to transform the United States. With him, a new age begins.