There is a difference between elected officials of countries and royalty. Cultures which have real lines of royalty generations- and centuries-long see their kings, queens, and emperors through a different lens than we here in America do.
There are three kinds of bows: the first is just about five degrees and is a greeting for friends; the second is about 10 degrees and is for a boss or senior in business; but the third one is at a full 15 degrees and is reserved for heads of state or The Emperor.
Obama's 15 degree bow to The Emperor of Japan was correct.
Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/abraham/detail??blogid=95&entry_id=51697#ixzz0XAa4eJQ8
This took place in America, not Japan. Nixon didn't bow low enough!
DeGaulle? He wasn't even royalty!
Bush isn't a Catholic; and America is not a Catholic country!
This is better than bowing in respect?
A bow or a scrape?
What is THIS?
Is THIS how American Presidents are suppposed to show respect to foreign leaders?
Maybe a President who actually understands and respects other cultures knows more
than one who thinks he is a comedian...
Your comments are welcome!
Let's start a civilized dialogue...