Judge for yourself
Libelblogger Charles Johnson of the once-worthwhile site Little Green Footballs, careless with the facts as ever, has claimed that Bush also bowed to the Islamic supremacist monarch. In reality, Bush didn’t. But it is certainly true that Obama is not the first U.S. President to kowtow to the masters of our energy fortunes, and over the years we criticized Bush here many times for doing so.
Still, there is enormous symbolic value in bowing to the King, as even the Obama administration is apparently aware — because now they are denying what plainly happened:
“White House: No bow to Saudi,” by Ben Smith at Politico, April 8 (thanks to Doc Washburn):
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.
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….