Much, much bigger fish to fry

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 Saudi King Abdullah 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).

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3 responses to “Much, much bigger fish to fry

  1. jaxonllc

    Obama, the President of the United States and leader of the free world, bows to a Saudi King who represents a despotic regime noted for its’ human rights violations, a birthplace of terrorists, a symbol of everything that is an antithesis to our system of government, and it’s no big deal?

    I consider myself fortunate to have been born in a republic. I appreciate that as a citizen of a republic, I need not bow to any man or woman. We are all created equal, and blood lines do not make one person superior. This gesture by Obama should rankle every citizen for when Obama bowed as President of the United States, we all bowed.

    He did bow, see the video from the latest angle:

    http://www.butasforme.com/2009/04/10/i-am-a-republican-and-i-bow-to-no-man/

    • robertdcrook

      Jesus fuck, fucktard, where to begin with your bullshit?

      First of all, I have to note that in your pathetic response to my blog post you entirely ignored, very conveniently, the fact that while you and your fellow wingnuts are turning President Obama’s “bowing” to the Saudi king into a tempest in a little teacup, your beloved George W. Bush went around skipping and holding hands with the Saudi king. Are you insane or stupid or both?

      Whether or not Obama, the “leader of the free world” (cue the national anthem and bring out the bald eagle), “bowed” to the Saudi king is going to have to be left up to individual interpretation. I watched the clip numerous times and I just did not see this big display of subservience to the Saudi king that the wingnut noise machine (headed by Fox “News”) and the Repugnican Party fundraisers are drumming up. At worst, Obama was guilty of an awkward diplomatic gaffe no worse than when Michelle Obama touched the queen of England when she wasn’t supposed to.

      Further, while I don’t at all disagree that Saudi Arabia has a “despotic regime noted for its human rights violations” — and I fucking noted the double standard that the United States has, picking and choosing which nations are to “democratize” and which nations may keep their dictators (in a nutshell, if the dictators kiss U.S. ass they are allowed to remain dictators, but even if a democratically elected leader refuses to kiss U.S. ass, like Hugo Chavez does, he is falsely branded a “dictator” by the wingnuts) — just a few months ago when George W. Bush was still in office you could have used the same label for the Bush regime: a “despotic regime noted for its human rights violations.” Bush II was never legitimately elected and he committed incredible human rights violations. Do you not recall the Abu Ghraib House of Horrors, dipshit? How about the Guantanamo Bay Concentration Camp? Torture? The unelected Bush regime’s illegal, immoral, unprovoked and unjust Vietraq War resulted not only in billions and billions and billions of American taxpayers’ dollars going down the drain — yet when Obama wants to spend on the American people instead of on the war profiteers, you wingnuts go ape shit (because unless you are using the American taxpayers’ dollars to kill people and blow shit up and further widen the chasm between the rich and the poor, it’s “socialism”) — but the Vietraq War has costs tens of thousands of unnecessary lives, including the lives of more than 4,500 of our own military personnel.

      Oh, I’m confident that despot George W. Bush was responsible for far more lost lives than the Saudi king has been.

      Speaking of “blood lines,” had George W. Bush’s father not been president, there’s no way in hell he ever would have made it to the White House. Bush Jr. got as far as he did only because of his surname. We have not eliminated the problem of power being passed along blood lines in the United States. It sure gives us a warm, fuzzy, self-righteous high to assert that we have while other nations have not, however.

      “I consider myself fortunate to have been born in a republic,” blah blah blah, you dutifully parrot. You are blind to your own nation’s own shortcomings. It’s self-righteous, blind American fucktards like you who make the rest of the world hate us — and want to attack us.

      And while our nation is reeling from the damage that the unelected Bush regime inflicted upon it over the past eight years, you wingnuts want to do whatever you can to stop the necessary post-Bush reconstruction and national recovery, even with incredibly petty, stupid shit as whether or not Obama “bowed” before the Saudi king. Such obstructionism makes you fucktards traitors because you are harming the nation.

      You don’t have to help the nation recover. But when you impede those of us patriots who do want to rebuild the nation, then you need to be knocked down as any other obstruction needs to be.

      P.S. Your blog, with its juvenile, pseudo-patriotic babble, suck ass, and it’s blogs like yours that diminish good blogs like mine. You just shit and piss in the blogging pool, making it difficult and unpleasant for those of us who know how to swim.

  2. Rula

    robertdcrook.. I’m a fan 🙂

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