Outrage in Washington over Obama's Japan bow
by Stephanie Griffith Stephanie Griffith – Mon Nov 16, 11:24 am ET
WASHINGTON (AFP) – News photos of President Barack Obama bowing to Japan's emperor have incensed critics here, who said the US leader should stand tall when representing America overseas.
Obama on Monday was in China, having wrapped up the Japan leg of his Asia trip two days earlier. But Washington's punditocracy was still weighing whether or not the US president had disgraced his country two days earlier by having taken a deep bow at the waist while meeting Japan's Emperor Akihito.
Political talk shows have played and replayed the moment from the second day of Obama's week-long Asia tour, which set the blogosphere on fire and chat show tongues wagging.
"I don't know why President Obama thought that was appropriate. Maybe he thought it would play well in Japan. But it's not appropriate for an American president to bow to a foreign one," said conservative pundit William Kristol speaking on the Fox News Sunday program, adding that the gesture bespoke a United States that has become weak and overly-deferential under Obama.
Another conservative voice, Bill Bennett, said on CNN's "State of the Union" program: "It's ugly. I don't want to see it."
I get so tired of this kind of shit. This is the same mentality that kept people enslaved in this country for centuries. It's the same mentality that committed genocide against a people and culture who had attained a balance with the Earth unknown before or since. This is the same mentality that gave rise to the Nazi regime in the mid 20th Century.
I was contemplating recently the tradition of protocol back in the mid 19th Century. There were elaborate rules and procedures for meeting and greeting. Failure to adhere to these protocols resulted in international scandals and sometimes war.
I was thinking of how juvenile and silly all that was, but at the same time thinking of what shame it was that we've totally abandoned all that pomp and tradition. There is something about it that causes people to stop and assess one another and pause before plunging a knife or dropping a bomb.
So, I was glad to see President Obama showing respect and honor for the emperor of Japan who, until a few decades back was thought of as a deity in Japan. Would the president not bow before the Queen of England?
So one would think that conservative people who claim to honor and respect tradition would be supportive of such acts. No, these days, white superiority and racism reign supreme among these right wing corpo-fascist ass suckers.
I can only hope that soon, clear thinking, honorable and patriotic Americans will begin condemning these extremist and labeling them exactly what they are when they weigh in on things like this. We must not let this shit pass. IF we ever what this country to be united in a common purpose again, this sort of extremist shit slinging can't not be tolerated. Let's be liberal, let's be conservative and let's be moderate, but let's come out from those isolated corners of extremism that causes people to condemn every move and step the "other side" takes.
Oh, and Bill Kristol; catch up on some history before making dumbass ignorant statements like that. And Bill Bennett; YOU are fucking ugly we're tired of seeing YOU for the past three decades!!