This from Andrew Malcolm of the LA Times, "How low will he go?":
How low will the new American president go for the world's royalty?
This photo will get Democrat President Obama a lot of approving nods in Japan this weekend, especially among the older generation of Japanese who still pay attention to the royal family living in its downtown castle. Very low bows like this are a sign of great respect and deference to a superior.
To some in the United States, however, an upright handshake might have looked better. Remember Michelle Obama casually patting Britain's Queen Elizabeth on the back during their Buckingham Palace visit? America's royalty tends to make movies and get bad reviews and lots of money as a sign of respect.
Obama could receive some frowns back home as he did for his not-quite-this-low-or-maybe-about-the-same-bow to the Saudi king not so long ago.
Remember this when Obama didn't bow to the Saudi king? What will the White House say about the Japan incident? Oh, slow my beating heart!
And, the Queen of England got a hand shake, head bob, and a pat on the back.
General Douglas MacArthur demonstrated how to bow before the Emperor of Japan in 1945. The photo credits at the end of the article, the LA Times printed:
Photo: Mandel Ngan / AFP / Getty; Reuters (Obama bows to the king of Saudi Arabia earlier this year); U.S. Army Archives (Gen. Douglas MacArthur not bowing to Emperor Hirohito after World War II).
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