The United States of America — the same nation that just simply allowed a presidential election to be stolen blatantly in 2000 and then just simply allowed the unelected White House regime to then launch a bogus war in March 2003 (based falsely upon the 2001 terrorist attack that the same regime had simply just let happen) — suddenly is all about etiquette.
Miss Manners for President 2012!
First it was “scandalous” that first lady Michelle Obama touched the queen of England at Buckingham Palace.
You don’t touch the queen of England! Everyone knows that!
(I watched the clip of the Buckingham Palace incident linked to above, and it does appear that the queen was taken back a bit that protocol was breached, but I think that she’ll probably recover.)
Then, supposedly President Barack Obama was incredibly subservient to the king of Saudi Arabia when he “bowed” before him.
I watched a video clip of Obama’s “bow.” It looked like only a quick gesture of respect and good will to me. Can you even call it a bow? It looks more like a half-bow to me. Obama did not exactly prostrate himself on the ground before the king’s feet, kissing the king’s feet and and swearing to be the king’s good little bitch boy.
And if no president or first lady should cringe before royalty, why is it that it was a “faux pas” for the first lady to have touched the crusty queen of England? The queen of England is just an old white broad, right? Our first lady should not have to suck up to the queen of England, whose nation’s ass we kicked in the Revolutionary War, right?
But suddenly it’s then a “problem” that Obama briefly half-bowed (at best) to the Saudi king?
“Bowgate” is such fucking bullshit that I wasn’t even going to write about it, but now that the Repugnicans shamelessly have exploited the non-issue in a fundraising e-mail*, I feel compelled to give it some space.
Some background on U.S.-Saudi relations:
Fifteen of the 19 hijackers on Sept. 11, 2001 were from Saudi Arabia. (And oh, yeah: 9/11 mastermind-at-large Osama bin Laden is from Saudi Arabia, too.) Not one of the 9/11 hijackers was from Iraq, the nation that the unelected Bush regime invaded and then occupied in bullshit “retaliation” for 9/11.
Saudi Arabia got off scot-free for 9/11 because the oily Saudi ruling family and the oily Bush crime family long have been closer than those two guys in “Brokeback Mountain.”
(And why is U.S.-imposed “democracy” so vitally fucking important in Iraq yet neighboring Saudi Arabia gets to remain a fucking monarchy with no pressure from the United States to democratize??? Um, yeah...)
Anyway, President Obama did not, as far as I know, hold hands with the Saudi king, as did former “President” George W. Bush (back in 2005, when the king was still the crown prince):
CBS News image
As an American, I find the hand-holding (even though it is acceptable in the Saudi culture) to have been much, much more embarrassing to our nation** than was Obama’s half-bow-at-best that isn’t even worth drawing attention to — except in incredibly hypocritical Repugnican fundraising e-mails and on wingnut blogs.
Can we Americans stop obsessing over trivia and maybe stop the slide of the American empire to the fate of the Roman Empire?
*”Symbolism and leadership are critical in matters of world affairs. So it’s stunning that just hours after he apologized to a European audience last week, and said America has been ‘arrogant’ and ‘dismissive,’ President Obama paid fealty to by bowing to him at the G-20 Summit in London,” the executive director of the National Repugnican Senatorial Committee huffs in a fundraising e-mail that I received today. (Yes, I’m on the enemy’s e-mail list in order to see what lies the enemy is telling.)
The e-mail continues: “In both instances, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that our new president would rather be accepted and befriended by his new friends abroad than preserve America’s reputation and leadership as the world’s pre-eminent superpower….”
So, if you don’t act like a frat-boy prick, like George W. Bush and his henchpeople did, then you are selling your nation out to your “new friends abroad.” That’s essentially the Repugnican/wingnut “argument.”
Gee, I thought that not being a fucking prick was called diplomacy…
**Although hand-holding between two presumably heterosexual men is acceptable in the Saudi culture, Bush could have politely explained to the Saudi king that in the American culture, it’s considered strange at best for the U.S. president to hold hands with another head of a nation (especially a male leader).