Here’s the caption that Associated Press applied to the above photograph (credit, JOHN STILLWELL/AFP/Getty Images):
US President Barack Obama, center, back to camera, greets King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, center, before the official G20 leaders group photo with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II at London’s Buckingham Palace, Wednesday, April 1, 2009.
And here’s what Getty Images has applied to the same photograph (which is theirs):
US President Barack Obama (3rd L) bows to Saudi Arabia King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud (2nd R) as French President Nicolas Sarkozy (3rd R) and South Korean President Lee Myung -Bak (L) look on before a family picture with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II (not pictured) at Buckingham Palace, in London, on April 1, 2009. World leaders wrangled Wednesday on how a London summit could fix the global economy as demonstrators attacked a bank in an anti-capitalist riot in the British capital. Demonstrators laid siege to the Bank of England and smashed the windows of a nearby bank that has become a symbol of the financial crisis rescue carried out by the British government which will be discussed at Thursday’s Group of 20 summit in the city. AFP PHOTO/John Stillwell/WPA POOL (Photo credit should read JOHN STILLWELL/AFP/Getty Images)
Barack Obama’s rendition of the U.S. Presidency — an Office that represents the nation — is to dip on down to the Saudi King. Which explains moreso why it is that Obama had issues with wearing an American flag pin on his lapel and in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. flag (on several occasions).
There is quite a bit of intelligent information to be read in the comments section of the following article, so I encourage anyone interested to read through those comments at the following link:
I’ve read elsewhere that some people attempt to rationalize this bow-to-the-Saudi-King by Barack Obama as Obama somehow participating in “another country’s protocol” — which is rubbish given the Office that Barack Obama holds (the President of the United States of America bows to no other country, no ruler, to no one — this represents our nation, the U.S.A., as a sovereign nation subservient to no one else, no ruler, no other nation, our nation as a republic unto itself).
Posted by: Lex – Apr 02, 11:52 AM
What he is doing: snubbing the Queen of England (and offending the other parts of Great Britain by omitting reference to them); as well as snubbing Gordon Brown, and snubbing other allies who MAY defend the US in case of trouble. (Crappy gifts, returning the Churchill bust, Michelle O. visiting the QUEEN wearing a tank top, faux-pas “touching” of the Queen…)
And to bow to the Saudi (King): indicates he (Saudi King) is of higher place than the US presidency. (Emphasis added.)
This is not just stupidity or accidental.
Note: Obama did not bow before Queen Elizabeth of England (nor should he have); and, the “snubbing of Brown” that the comments above refer to are Obama’s having been “too tired” to politely, properly, respectfully receive and exchange with Gordon Brown when he visited the White House weeks ago.
The following comments, however, summarize this dreadful happening very well:
osted by: Prospero – Apr 02, 10:36 AM
It can’t be understated what an insult this is to the American People, Sovereign (whether any individual Citizen understands this, flees from the responsibility for this or would change this) over their nation and its government. It is a betrayal, and may, indeed, be treasonous.
It is appropriate that Obama has, in bowing to a foreign potentate in this picture, shown his ass to the American People; an act that would have been a capital offense had his position been reversed. It would have been inappropriate for him to genuflect before the British monarch, no matter how many neo-Tories there may be among us.
This particular potentate has, among his titles, acknowledgment of his status as keeper of the Holy Places of Islam, and thus singling out Abdullah of the Saudis for such a sign of respect should disturb, deeply, any American left who understands the United States and its history.
It strains credibility to believe someone representing State didn’t tell Obama what constituted a proper stance. He much have overruled that advice, and singled out this particular potentate for this gesture.
Something else I discovered while reading the American Thinker’s post was that it’s ONLY a custom among Muslims (the Saudi King is a Muslim) to not bow before any other man — they bow only before one who they deem is their “Allah” or figure representing Allah to them.
So this bow — a deep bow, not a slight head nod, not even a minor bow but an extensively deep bow way down to the Saudi King’s waistline by Obama — this bow is entirely unacceptable for any U.S. President. Despite whatever “protocol” Saudi Arabia and it’s King as their monarch may have as to their “subjects,” their subjects are not the United States, U.S. citizens and certainly not the U.S. President. Barack Obama, a freely operating individual, could engage in such bows at his whim but he’s not an ordinary, “freely operating individual” as long as he’s in the U.S. Presidency, he’s more than that, he’s the Office, the position itself.
The only context that the bow makes any behavioral and intentional sense is if Barack Obama is offering up a religious honor to the Saudi King AS Obama’s “Allah” — in other words, as a Muslim being received by an Islam cleric of particular, extreme authority.
Other great posts about this awful scene:
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