Obama Bows to Emperor

Critics on the right already weighing in
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 14, 2009 10:03 AM CST
President Obama bows as he is greeted by Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo Saturday.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – Prepare for another bowing controversy. A photo of President Obama bowing to Japanese Emperor Akihito has surfaced, and it's likely to set off critics on the right—as happened when Obama maybe sorta bowed to the king of Saudi Arabia in April. This time, there's no question about it: It's a deep, deferential bow to the 76-year-old Akihito and his wife, notes the LA Times.

Drudge is playing it prominently, and a blogger at Power Line is on the case: The bow "is of a piece with the substance of his foreign policy. He means to teach Americans to bow before monarchs and tyrants. ... He gives expressive form to the idea that the United States now willingly prostrates itself before the rest of the world."