Oh Brother… White House Denies Obama Bowed to Saudi King! (Video)
Bummer. It looks like the MSM will be forced to report on this now.
Team Obama says this was not a bow:
The American media, of course, ignored Obama’s obvious bow to Saudi King Abdullah.
Now they’ll be forced to report on it.
It wasn’t two-handed either.
Ben Smith reported:
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.
What’s next?… Will they claim it was a sneeze?
He dropped a contact?
He was looking at the King’s ring?