Right or Wrong: Obama Bowing
Hoboken411 reader MidnightRacer was wondering what it meant when President Obama bowed down to the Saudis…
What does this mean?
Should one head of state deeply bow down to another? And if one bows and the other only wanted to shake hands, what does that communicate?
I’m not sure if you saw the video of the group photo during the G20 summit, but before the 20 leaders of nations sat down for the snap shot, they socialized as the cameras rolled. In the following clip, Obama and the King of Saudi Arabia see and walk towards each other. The King of Saudi Arabia raises his hand out in front as they approach to shake Obama’s hand (protocol for equal leaders of nations), but Obama instead bowed deeply, all the way to waist level in front of the Saudi King.
This begins at 0:50 (see far left of screen), and the bow happens at 0:54 in the clip.
All U.S. Presidents are told protocol before every meeting, so no confusion there. Is this even allowed in the U.S. Constitution, to bow down deeply to another leader of another nation? Lower staff maybe, but not heads of states.
The bowing down goes along with his disparagement of the U.S. to the leaders and Europe, while asying that Europe are the leaders of the world. Sometimes I have to wonder if this guy really doesn’t like America. Recall the campaign and his mentors. Also, there’s a link between who paid for Obama’s Columbia University education (Havard?) which the Saudi’s prefered not be made public years ago for fear of it being taken the wrong way.