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Thursday, April 2, 2009

President Obama Bows to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia - Video 4/2/09

UPDATE: Here is a better view of President Obama bowing to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. It occurs at about the 54 second mark of the video:

Here is video of President Obama at a reception for G20 leaders yesterday, where he bowed to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. Only subjects of the King are expected to bow before him. Obama bows at the 1:36 mark of the video. It does not show it for long. This video also shows Michelle Obama and Queen Elizabeth II put their arms around each other.


Anonymous,  April 2, 2009 at 12:57 PM  

It looks like a nod of greeting, not a bow.

Anonymous,  April 2, 2009 at 1:01 PM  

Oh, no -- at 1:36, that is a bow. I saw other "nods of greeting," but at that particular moment, it was a bow.

Anonymous,  April 2, 2009 at 1:02 PM  

I'm wrong -- looked at the wrong section. It certainly was a bow. Disgusting!

Harold Fowler April 2, 2009 at 1:04 PM  

Looked like a nod to me as well. I never saw a bow.


Anonymous,  April 2, 2009 at 2:58 PM  

Look again Harold. Specifically at the time you were told the bow occurred. It's very brief but it's there.

Anonymous,  April 2, 2009 at 10:58 PM  

Does this clip show him holding hands with Prince Abdullah? Oh, wait, that was a different president.

"Only subjects of the King are expcted to bow before him."

Conspiracy conservative nutjobs unite!

Anonymous,  April 3, 2009 at 6:54 AM  

I believe king Abdullah deserve this respect as his every year donate billions of dollars to the poor people and he admit a lot of sick people and complicated surgeries that cost millions for free in Saudi’s hospitals for free. Also, he did everything possible to spread peace over the word.

Many thank to President Obama

Anonymous,  April 3, 2009 at 10:45 PM  

Oh yes, It was a bow. It is right after mark 50. He bends forward from the waist about half way down in front of him. Sickning.

Anonymous,  April 3, 2009 at 11:49 PM  

Did anyone consider that he might have done this out of respect to the king's old age? I believe the king is about 84 years which is slightly less than twice of Obama.

Anonymous,  April 6, 2009 at 9:24 AM  

He bowed and kissed his hand on the first bid. The second one is a nod!

Anonymous,  April 6, 2009 at 9:26 AM  

"Does this clip show him holding hands with Prince Abdullah? Oh, wait, that was a different president."

So, because Bush held hands it's ok for PBO to bow? I am so sick of this logic. Hand holding is a sign of friendship in SA, while bowing is a clear submission. Are you insinuating Bush is gay because he held hands with another man? Are you making fun of him for doing it? Isn't this intolerance for homosexuality? Are you even a real liberal?

A.Williamson,  April 6, 2009 at 12:52 PM  

Age, deference to charitable good works, acts of friendship of previous Presidents, liberal/conservative - none of it matters. The fact is Mr. Obama is the President of the United States. International protocol does not call for Heads of State to bow or "subject" themselves to each other. As OUR representative, is he assuming we all bow, or subject ourselves to Saudi Arabia? The President of the United States does not bow to any world leader. This illustrates either his ignorance of proper protocol or his lack of patriotism and respect for his office. I hope it is the former, but given his keen intellect, unsurpassed team of advisors, and suave confidence in the public eye, I fear it is the latter. It's too easy to claim, "Conspiracy!" Open your eyes to the reality.

Anonymous April 6, 2009 at 1:42 PM  

He did not bow to The Queen who was his host in England. So why bow to King Abdullah who like him was another guest.
Perhaps he was looking at Seniority

In terms of seniority she has ruled since 1952 and Abdullah since 2005

She is a direct descendant of the first King of what became England Cerdi King of Wessex about 495AD

His first claimed ancestor is Mani' ibn Rabi'ah al-Muraydi 1446AD and his first ancestor who ruled as a King from 1744 Muhammad ibn Saud (probably more realistically 1819 by Amir Turki ibn Abdullah bin Muhammad) and certainly Abdullah’s father Abdul-Aziz in 1902.

So if you look at the most definite claim to rule a Kingdom by the Saudis in 1902 her family have ruled for 1400 years longer.

So why bow to this new King of a new Kingdom who was a guest like yourself and not bow to your host, a far more senior ruler and whose family are far more established as rulers.

Perhaps he was considering the fact that having conquered independent states in the mid 20thc (Hijaz, Asir, Najran etc) that the Al Saud now call the country after themselves ‘Saudi Arabia ‘ – Perhaps it would go down better if Britain was called Windsori Britain.

Certainly he would not have reflected on the recent conquests of the Al Saud family over much of the Arabian Peninsular while the democratic British dismantled a substantial Empire during the same period.
Britain and the US are most probably each others closest allies and The Queen is the Head of State of that close democratic country , with a democratically elected government.

Obama claims to be a Protestant Christian not a Muslim. Queen Elizabeth is head of the Protestant Church of England as her family have been for 450years.
As President of the USA there is no need for him to bow to any monarch – but why ‘KowTow’ to the Al Saud?

Anonymous,  April 7, 2009 at 11:01 AM  

If any of you would actually LOOK at the man bowing, you would see it is NOT Obama! Obama's hair is much shorter - this man had a slightly grown out afro; Obama is very thin - this man is a little chunky; Obama was wearing a tailored suit at the conference - this suit looks like it's off the rack; and Obama is a lighter skinned man - this man's skin is very dark. Those who dislike Obama will still think it's him, but if you use common sense, you'll KNOW it's not!

Anonymous,  April 7, 2009 at 1:20 PM  

If you do a print screen of the bowing man's face when it is BRIEFLY shown after the bow, paste it into Paint, or another similar program, and do an Invert Colors, you can clearly see that the man is not Obama - not only the facial features are different, but Obama has very distinctive large ears, and this man has smaller, round ears. It's not him, people!

Anonymous,  April 8, 2009 at 8:17 AM  

Less than eight years to go, and will be done with this clown.

Anonymous,  April 9, 2009 at 9:36 AM  

Screw the Arabs, all we want is their stinking oil, and double screw nobama too!

Anonymous,  April 9, 2009 at 10:48 AM  

Shame to any man who bows to another.
Unless of course you are an USURPER fraud elected by ACORN, then is ok to bow.

Anonymous,  April 10, 2009 at 11:46 AM  

You all right wing nutjob go get a life. Even if he bowed, it's not going to change my mind. I always bow to older people and sometimes bow to others I should not because it's become my attitude. That's how I show my respect to older people.

jj solari April 10, 2009 at 3:56 PM  

how come nobody puts their name on their posts? too scared? Afraid to call Obama a muslim in public? I will. Obama's a muslim. jj solari

Anonymous,  September 17, 2009 at 4:14 PM  

To you morons who think is not him, look at the group pic, you notice the only other black man is like 5 foot nothing? I think we can tell B. Hussein Obama from a short dude.

I bow before no one but God. He is my representative, how dare he bow before an earthly king.

Diogenes September 17, 2009 at 4:23 PM  

Dude, you're like six months behind the curve. Wake up!

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