WTF is it with this guy???

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US President Barack Obama shakes the hand of AND bows to Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao…

 

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5 Responses to “WTF is it with this guy???”

  1. T.S. Nunya Says:

    That’s hilarious

  2. gina Says:

    its called a culteral exchange, cul-ter-ul, as in other countries customs, should he have insulted them instead?

    • curtislowe Says:

      First of all, it’s spelled cultural, cul-tur-al. Secondly, you used the word “exchange.” I do not think it means what you think it means. An “exhange” would indicate a reciprocation of the bow. In not ONE picture have I seen the president of China, the Premier of China, the Emperor of Japan or the King of Saudi Arabia return the bow.

      In Asian cultures, the bow is a sign of deference and supplication. For that reason alone, the President of the sovereign United States of America does not, and until now has not ever, bowed to the head of another country. It is customary (and cultural) for one to bow in front of the royaly of Britain, but you don’t see US Presidents doing that do you?

      And your little straw-man argument of “should he have insulted them instead?” is disingenuous. A choice between a bow and an insult were not the only two courses available. A simple handshake would have suffficed, as it has for over 200 years.

      You need to educate yourself a little more on “culture,” history and world affairs before dropping in here and self-righteously sniffling on things about which you are clearly ignorant.

  3. stevec Says:

    Well, gina, there are lots of “culteral” differences that are not endorsed or reciprocated by American Presidents. Bowing to foreign heads of state is one of them. Similarly, the U.S. flag is not dipped to salute foreign dignitaries (or heads of state for that matter). In Asian cultures, a reciprocal bow (i.e. of equal degree, length, etc.) can customarily be exchanged between equals. Unfortunately, that was not what occurred in Japan. Rather the POTUS initiated a subservient bow before a foreign head of state. The same thing happened with the ChiCom Premier (see picture above). The same thing happened when he met the King of Saudi Arabia (n.b. bowing in Arab cultures is never between equals in the manner in can be in Asian cultures, rather it is ALWAYS a sign of subservience). Obama has established a pattern of showing subservience to foreign heads of state (with the notable exception of the Queen of England…I suppose he has just enough backbone to stand up to octogenarian figureheads…). Moreover, Obama has numerous advisors who experts on the cultures of the various countries he visits. It defies belief that he could act as he has in total ignorance of the significance of his actions (if he actually was ignorant, then he’s too incompetent to have the job he holds, but that’s a story for another day).

  4. Joe Says:

    Since I can’t add much to what Curt and Steve have already said, maybe Gina I can make you understand why they are right and you are horribly mistaken.

    We are all former marines and on top of that, really crazy smart ones at that. You see we all speak various languages on top of our native English and although this is not the proper forum to discuss what our primary duties were, we were all trained extensively in the cultures of the countries were our languages are spoken. So, on top of our prmary duties we were always relied upon to do translation work for high level meetings, training and lots of other crap. We were usually involved in helping avoid mis-understandings and calming overwrought egos. So we do in fact know full well WHY it is improper for an American President to NOT bow to a foreign head of state as the people he is bowing to see such a gesture as a sign of weakness not respect. Notice he doesn’t bow to the heads of states that we normally consider friends (England, Austrailia, Canada, New Zealand, France etc). Only those that have interest in doing us harm either physically or financially. You ask, would you rather him insult them? Well, he is insulting his own nation and embarassing us and himself when he does it.

    Maybe you should go learn some culture before you open your misinformed suck again.

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