posted on Nov, 14 2009 @ 05:00 PM
Bowing is intrinsically tied into Japanese culture. One bows to another out of respect to a person. There is nothing wrong with that gesture given the
cultural context to that particular form of endearment. Now, the President bowing to the King of Saudi Arabia or the Queen of England, that is another
story, because I feel it has no bearing in terms of gestures with those particular royals, but Japan, perhaps? I bet even Obama removed his shoes
before entering their residence, because you do not want to enter a Japanese person's home without removing your shoes. Big sign of disrespect! I can
affirm that premise, from personal experience, because my sister-in-law is Japanese and there was an occasion I forgot to remove my shoes, and she
made sure I never made that mistake again. However, that is another story.
Essentially, it is up to the President, whether it be the current sitting President or another down the road how they choose to greet world leaders.
As long is it not perceived as being subservient to a particular monarch or world leader, and that it is in context with the cultural norms of the
given country being visited, I see no problem. In terms of Japan, it is acceptable given their history with such a gesture. Anyway, we have other
things to toil our minds over at present, besides the President, and his greetings the world over. Just my two cents on the story.
[edit on 14-11-2009 by Jakes51]