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Sunday, April 12, 2009

The President Bows to a Foreign Leader?

Since there's so much kerfluffel over the supposed Obama bow to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, I thought I would post another picture of a sitting US president bowing to a foreign leader. The president is Richard M. Nixon, the foreign leader is Japan's emperor Hirohito, and the occasion is their meeting in Alaska in 1971.


At 1:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haven't found video of this exchange yet, but I'll just wager that Hirohito bowed to Nixon first. And notice that Nixon isn't genuflecting as if he were going to shine the Emporer's shoes.

At 1:40 AM, Blogger John Schaefer said...

Hey, thanks for stopping by!

I can't tell what picture you're looking at. The one I see has both of them bowing to each other at the same time. Moreover, it looks to me as though, if the podium weren't in the way, Dick would just keep on going down--his back is bent lower than the emperor's.

At 7:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you, after i saw all the bitching about the bow, i was hoping someone would dig up a picture arguing against the masses. Look at the pic of george bush basically kissing the saudi king.

At 6:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you kidding me? Nixon so-called "bow" is practically a nod. Obama's bow to the Saudi ruler is almost a one knee-er and his bow to the Japanese emperor is a deep, deep bow. At least try to be objective!

At 9:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks to me like Nixon is just leaning over to be able to hear better what's being said to him.

At 3:59 AM, Blogger 偶像 said...

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At 4:59 AM, Blogger John Schaefer said...

Nonsense! He's maintaining eye contact, his chin is out, and his left arm is flat at his side. That's a Japanese bow, in my (very vague) understanding. His posture is identical to the emperor's.


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