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.
Interestingly, a columnist in the Saudi-backed Arabic paper Asharq Alawsat also took the gesture as a bow and appreciated the move.
Give me a break! If he bowed any lower he could have given Abdullah a BJ. Saudi Arabia occupies a region of the world that produces Islamic terrorists like assembly-line parts and has contributed its fair share to conflict and wars. On that note, Obama is contributing $900 million to Hamas as part of the 'stimulus' package. The bow to Abdullah was just another sign of allegiance to hostile enemies of the United States.