Conservatives are bent out of shape about the appearance of Obama bowing to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia at the G-20 meeting in London.
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.
Politico says an anonymous White House person disavows the bow. But so what if he did? It’s 55 seconds into the video: