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Obama Bows To The King Of Saudi Arabia

From the Associated Press:

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US President Barack Obama, center, back to camera, greets King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, center, before the official G20 leaders group photo with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II at London’s Buckingham Palace, Wednesday, April 1, 2009.

Remember the grief Mr. Bush got for ‘holding hands’ with this same potentate?

By the way, in case anybody says that this was just an accident of the way Mr. Obama appears in the above photo – this YouTube clip shows otherwise:

Indeed, he did bow.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, April 2nd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

62 Responses to “Obama Bows To The King Of Saudi Arabia”

  1. arb says:

    “This flag dips to no earthly king.”

    While Obama stands for absolutely nothing.

  2. U NO HOO says:

    I just thought of Monica L.

    • Celina says:

      I was thinking that between this and his wife breaking protocol and touching the Queen, maybe the next thing is a friendly hind end slapping.

  3. Consilience says:

    Steve, Is this unprecedented? I’ve never seen such a thing…what a disgrace, bowing down to anyone…this guy is a loser…

  4. AConcernedCitizen says:

    Please tell me that he’s looking for a lost contact…

  5. Warmonger Infidel says:

    Just his muslim roots showing for all to see. Probably learned this move from his mother’s baby daddy. Shameful.

  6. proreason says:

    He is absolutely determined to destroy everything our country stands for.

  7. U NO HOO says:

    Movin on down to the mideast side…The Jeffersons theme song

  8. eaglewingz08 says:

    There you conservatives go again, trying to make it appear that our beloved President is bowing and scrape-ing before a 7th Century barbarian king whose family was installed by the British Government in WWI.
    What really happened is that when Mr. Obama met the King, the King said to Obama, ‘Your shoelaces are untied’. Obama innocently looked down, being the GQ Fashion plate that he is, to make sure that nothing was amiss in his impeccable appearance, and that is when some right wing rethuglican photographer, decided to snap a photo to make it appear that Mr. Obama was giving more genuflection to an arab muslim barbarian than he did to the Queen of Great Britain. For shame. /sarc

  9. catie says:

    Rush is talking about this now just as I clicked on this story. Did he bow to Queen Elizabeth?
    Well we know what he feels; the United States is subservient to Saudi Arabia. Up next for Fashion Week in the Fall: Burkas.

  10. BigBad says:

    Obama thinks the term “War on Terror” causes more terrorism. How does he think this will pan out? This picture will feed the “America is weak” crowd in the middle east.

  11. Reality Bytes says:

    Kneel Before ZOD!

    “Who is this Superman?!”

    He’s in Wyoming probably fly fishing you A )*( sshole!!! Big Time!


  12. Howard Roark says:

    This is what happens when you’ve never taken the pain and sacrifice to defend our great, exceptional, country. Barry isn’t proud to be an American. He sees himself only as a “citizen of the world”.

    The irony is that despite his genuflecting to this king, the muslim “peace-loving” jihadists in Saudi Arabia laugh and scoff at TCO. When Barry ushers them into our gates to do their damage, the first throat to be slashed will be his, because even these stone age lunatics treasure nationalism and patriotism, and will rightfully wonder, “If Obama will sell out his own country, why keep him?”

  13. Kilmeny says:

    I can’t help but think of one of my ancestors, killed at Bunker Hill, who died for the principle that we should bow to no man, no title, no crown.


  14. Colonel1961 says:

    Simultaneously bowing to the ‘king’ and showing us his ass – an Obama two-fer.

  15. GuppyNblue says:

    Alexander the Great began adopting eastern customs late in his campaigning. But when he asked his men to bow before him (the act of proskynesis) they were outraged. Free men didn’t bow to another because it symbolized oriental servility.

    Other politicians serve the Arabs in exchange for money but Obama may be doing it out of genuine affection. The Obama’s couldn’t observe proper etiquette when greeting the Queen (initiating physical contact, no curtsy from Michelle, etc.) but then go overboard to show respect for King Abdullah.

  16. Liberals Demise says:

    Looks to me as if 2 dogs are starting the ‘sniffing’ of each others ass routine.
    btw…..the coward always goes first.

  17. jd4life says:

    looks like Eaglewingz08 has a thought, the King played an April Fools joke by telling Obama his shoe string was untied, Ha, good one!

  18. ptat says:

    “Hello, I am the President of the United States. May I kiss your ass?”

  19. TheChicagoWay says:

    Speaking of A** kissing, how come the only video available is from a foreign news service? This was the “meet and greet” of the leaders of the 20 largest economies in the world….The MSM was not videotaping this event? Why do we have to rely on foreigners to provide video of OUR president? ….I’m sure any foreign “sources” will soon dry up once their access to “Chairman (sham)WOW” is threatened…..

  20. jobeth says:

    I notice while he is nearly kissing the King’s feet, he couldn’t even muster the common courtesy of a head NOD for the Queen of England….One of our ALLIES!

    Not hard to see through all that “I’m not a Muslim…I promise”

    He’s an embarrassment to every American….at least half of us..the rest can go to H— with him!

  21. Barbie says:

    Obama is a dolt. He is an embarrassment to this country.

  22. MinnesotaRush says:

    In view of his earlier astronomically arrogant comment about coming to the summit “to listen and not lecture” .. I’m shocked he hadn’t looked for bows and genuflections from his greeters. His bow to the king must have been heartfelt and sincere (coming from such a pompous jock).

    The pair of them (the o-blah-blah’s) are disgusting. Low class yuppies.

  23. woodmanthered says:

    This man will go out of his way to embarass every american patriot is this country. I’m sure the drive-by media thought this was just lovely. Can’t wait to get there spin. That’s if I can stomack sitting through it.

  24. notsoyoungjim says:

    Not only is he bowing, his knee is flexed and it looks like Dumbo is kissing the hand of the Saudi King.

    The following is from The Traditions of ISLAM, An Introduction to the study of the Hadith Literature By Alfred Guillaume, M.A.

    “A necessary preliminary to the installation of the Caliph is the bai’a or oath of allegiance tendered in the name of the Muslim people. He who makes the bai’a recognizes the rights of the Caliph over the Muslims, and undertakes to obey all his orders whether they are agreeable to his own interests or not. . . The bai’a now consists of a salutation modeled on the court of Kosroes: one must kiss the ground, the hand, foot, or hem of the monarch’s garment. Bai’a has thus lost its earlier meaning, though it still contains the idea of promising obedience by a compact: the essential idea of joining hands has been lost, the humble posture of the subject being a necessary concession to court etiquette and the dignity of the sovereign. So general has this form of bai’a become that it must be regarded as valid. ”

    Appendix A: 164


    • preparing4theworst says:

      No one will notice because no one noticible (MSM) will note the betrayal of this country or what it will ultimately mean. The sensitivity training by the MSM is ongoing. Remember the muslim world is not bad, only misunderstood………..and I do mean misunderstood, because no one is willing to clearly and publicly explain and define the ultimate goal of islam (global domination) or the true meaning of jihad (kill all infidels and let allah sort them out). Sad, but true….

  25. TwilightZoned says:

    Next thing you know, we’ll be dipping our flag during the Olympics.

  26. pdsand says:

    What’s that I heard, a baritone barely whispered ‘As-Salamu Alaykum’?

  27. Reality Bytes says:

    I’ll spot him the double grab with QE. BUT WHAT IS THE MOTIVATION 4 BOWING &, SCRAPING BEFORE THE SUNNI KING?!!! PAY BACK?!!!!

    Yes I’m Yelling (again)!!!

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      True colors.

    • texaspsue says:

      I feel the same way, RB.

    • Reality Bytes says:

      TexasP! I got this for ya! “The Country of Texas” Enjoy!

      Please note that Texas is the only state with a legal right to secede from the Union. (Reference the Texas-American Annexation Treaty of 1848.)

      We Texans love y’all, but we’ll probably have to take action since B. Hussein Obama won the election. We’ll miss you too.

      Here is what can happen:

      #1: Barack Hussein Obama becomes President of the United States, Texas immediately secedes from the Union.

      #2: Ross Perot will become the President of the Republic of Texas.

      So what does Texas have to do to survive as a Republic?

      1. NASA is just south of Houston, Texas. We will control the space industry.

      2. We refine over 85% of the gasoline in the United States.

      3. Defense Industry–we have over 65% of it. The term “Don’t mess with Texas,” will take on a whole new meaning.

      4. Oil – we can supply all the oil that the Republic of Texas will need for the next 300 years. Yankee states? Sorry about that.

      5. Natural Gas – again we have all we need and it’s too bad about those Northern States. John Kerry will have to figure out a way to keep them warm….

      6. Computer Industry – we currently lead the nation in producing computer chips and communications–small companies like Texas Instruments, Dell Computer, EDS, Raytheon, National Semiconductor, Motorola, Intel, AMD, Atmel, Applied Materials, Ball Miconductor, Dallas Semiconductor, Delphi, Nortel, Alcatel, etc, etc. The list goes on and on.

      7. Medical Care – We have the largest research centers for cancer research, the best burn centers and the top trauma units in the world, as well as other large health centers. Dallas and Houston have some of the best hospitals in the United States .

      8. We have enough colleges to keep us going: University of Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Rice, SMU, University of Houston , Baylor, UNT (University of North Texas), Texas Women’s University, etc. Ivy grows better in the South anyway.

      9. We have a ready supply of workers. We could just open the border when we need some more.

      10. We have essential control of the paper industry, plastics, insurance, etc.

      11. In case of a foreign invasion, we have the Texas National Guard and the Texas Air National Guard. We don’t have an Army, but since everybody down here has at least six rifles and a pile of ammo, we can raise an Army in 24 hours if we need one. If the situation really gets bad, we can always call the Department of Public Safety and ask them to send over Chuck Norris and a couple of Texas Rangers.

      12. We are totally self-sufficient in beef, poultry, hogs, and several types of grain, fruit and vegetables, and let’s not forget seafood from the Gulf. Also, everybody down here knows how to cook them so that they taste good. Don’t need any food.

      This just names a few of the items that will keep the Republic of Texas in good shape. There isn’t a thing out there that we need and don’t have.

      Now to the rest of the United States under President Obama:
      Since you won’t have the refineries to get gas for your cars, only President Obama will be able to drive around in his big 9 mpg SUV. The rest of the United States will have to walk or ride bikes.

      You won’t have any TV as the Space Center in Houston will cut off satellite communications.

      You won’t have any natural gas to heat your homes, but since Mr. Obama has predicted global warming, you will not need the gas as long as you survive the 2000 years it will take to get enough heat from Global Warming.

      Signed, The People of Texas

  28. xdannyh says:

    Merely a spontaneous show of gratitude for all those internet/individual $5 donations, aggregating to many millions,which buys a lot of ACORN votes. Simple as: he who pays the piper;calls the tune. I mean how much did he get from the Queen? This angry man is incapable of humility in regards to protocol.

  29. joeblough says:

    Occams razor would lead one to simply accept the evidence of one’s eyes in this matter … it is what it looks like, a gross breach of normal head of state protocol in order to show deference to a foreign monarch.

    This should go some way to clarifying the nature of Obama’s values, priorities and intentions.


    PS I’m with U NO HOO above. It is immediately reminiscent of Monica Lewinsky.

    Although I feel a little guilty making the comparison. Monica was innocent by comparison. She could at least claim to have been a young girl dazzled and smitten by a man of power.

    For B.O. it is just a disgusting act of self abasement.

  30. canary says:

    Idiot. You bow to the Asian’s. You prosterate yourself to the Middle-Easterns, and chant. Notice the bow wasn’t even returned. oOllah didn’t even put his hand on his heart during the pledge of allegance as loyality to America. Actions speak louder than words.

  31. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Well, once again, it becomes clear to even the most casual observer that Barry is waaayyyy out of his element. I used to think in younger years that that was a good thing…that is, to be a “regular guy” being the president but the wisdom that can come with a few years has taught me that being adroit at political protocol is essential.

    Reagan, in his years as president, would be pondering and discussing with his cabinet before and on the trip over, as to how he would greet each foreign leader and what he would say. Perhaps as a well-practiced actor, he could carry off each one without any obvious mistakes.

    But, giving Oblabby the benefit of the doubt, even, it is doubtful to me that his (perhaps) well-intentioned maneuver was well thought out. He’s an impulsive human-being. If George W Bush was fallible in the eyes of the public, this guy, Obama is downright pedestrian.

    In short, he’s not the guy who needs to be president right now.

    • Barbie says:

      I don’t understand why Obama would not understand protocol before he went to visit with foreign leaders. This truly does not make sense – anyone with an ounce of IQ would prepare themselves so they avoid obvious cultural gaffes. Obama either doesn’t care or he is so much a ghetto rube that it doesn’t cross his little mind. Or, he’s doing his best to defile the heretofore esteemed office of the President of the United States – which I think is his real intent.

  32. Liberals Demise says:

    Didn’t this group of sheet wearing “marys” called him the “houseboy”?
    I swear I remember them calling our Boobala a houseboy!!

    Barry could have won back some of my lost respect for him if he’d have slapped the little boy smell of the Kings face!!

    Now I really loathe this impostor and its’ bow legged Iron worker.

    • jobeth says:

      Getting harder and harder to believe he’s not a closet muslim isn’t it?

      Not that I EVER believed he was a Christian

      Seems I remember him saying sometime that he would make sure that the muslims would be “taken care of”. I wish I could remember when he said that, but I swear I remember him saying it.

      Fits the bowing to the enemy tho.

  33. proreason says:

    The Moron is talking a lot lately about “humility”.

    In my world, humility is the private appreciation of the gift of living in a country and system that allows people to manage their own lives and succeed or fail based on their own abilities.

    In Obamy’s world, humility is publicly trashing the one country the whole world envies, and making us subservient to people who want to destroy the system that makes their own failures so obvious.

  34. pdsand says:

    The criticism here and in the NYT article that BigBad posted is based on the idea that Americans don’t have to bow to anyone because Americans fought a revolution against the crown and won. We now live in a country without nobility and title, and bow to no one. That is an argument based on American exceptionalism, which is something the left and Obama I’m sure loathes.
    I’m sure this gesture was indeed well thought out and planned. Remember that Obama wants to reduce America to ‘just another country at the world table’, and that he came to G-20 ‘to listen’. In that context, the fact that Obama would bow to the Saudi king seems to be perfectly in line with the protocol he wants to set.

  35. proreason says:

    American Thinker sheds some light on the message behind bowing and scraping:

    “Abe Greenwald of Commentary understands the symbolism:

    Among Muslim democrats and human rights advocates, utter dejection that the “leader of the Free World” has offered himself as a “subject” of the Saudi monarch; among Islamists, bliss over America’s seeming prostration before Salafist Islam; among international bad actors, assurance that America poses no threat; and among our allies, depression about the new systemic instability of the most dependable superpower in history.

    The old saying that one picture is worth a thousand words is actually amplified when it comes to cross-cultural communication. I have little doubt that the Muslim world’s media will not be as circumspect as their American mainstream colleagues in displaying demi-prostration of the American leader carrying the name Hussein.

    Until evidence is produced that Barack Obama habitually bows and bends his knew before others, I will have to assume that he meant this gesture to carry meaning. It is simply amazing to me that our media will not even present this image to the American public.”


  36. texaspsue says:

    “Yes, he did bow.”

    Did BO also kiss the King’s hand? (He’s NOT the Pope.) This is disgusting!

    “The old saying that one picture is worth a thousand words is actually amplified….”

    No kidding. This is suppose to improve our image with the rest of the World? Judging by the reactions from others in the photo, I don’t think that we are the only ones shocked and repulsed by this display.

  37. Eagle334th says:

    Anyone else notice what all was going on before Pres Obama showed up on the video?

    It almost resembled a scene out of a cheesy ’80’s movie.. the stood-up prom date (King Abdullah), was standing around.. no one to talk to.. completely ignored and becoming embarassed, all the while, the ‘jocks’ (leaders of other nations) were jostling around, shaking hands, patting each other on their backs and giving him the cold shoulder.. then.. Pres Obama walks in. King Abdullah says, “Thank Allah (PBUH)! There is finally someone to talk to and dance with!!”

    Very interesting dynamics going on in that few moments!

    Oh, and who was the guy that grasped Pres Obama and King Abdullah’s hands together? Watch closely and you’ll see who I’m talking about..

  38. preparing4theworst says:

    Reply for Reality B., I have recently come to the conclusion that perhaps a campaign of this sort should begin (I am in New Mexico and know all about the Texas option…and approve!).
    This campaign should invite folks who want to preserve some of what this country is, was and has stood for to move to and hold the central corridor (Texas, NM, Ariz., Okla, Colo, Utah, Id, Mont. perhaps even Kansas and Neb for the farmland) and in doing so we would control the bulk of this country’s resources. We would of course have to get some arms manufacturers to move out from the east but freedom can be a powerful motivation. I have told my wife that Mr. O has the chance to preside over a magnificant recovery or a total collapse with very little between. By the way..yes there is still some good family land in the panhandle and if Texas goes, than I shall probably be over the state line within a week. Long live the Republic (of Texas).
    PSIt has long been my thought that Mr.O is not only an economic but also a geopolitical moron and time seems to be proving me right…..dammit!

  39. canary says:

    Abama was fluent in speaking and praying in Arabic. Reminded me of that American Kenyan al-quaida terrorist in Kenya that blew up the embassy killing all those Americans. Wadih El-Hage. I hope he’s still in prison, and doesn’t get a pardon, do to having roots or something in common with Abama. Ya know, one of those 9/11 terrorists actually came here in on a visa to go to college, and never showed up for classes. I just don’t understand with everything this country has given Obama, why he thinks America is such a bad country. Two muslim father’s, yet it was America that raised him. And the news Yet, we still don’t do checks on muslims, inspite of them being of every nation, race, color, sex. If someone loves America enough to come here, without even having to serve the country, they should be willing for a little sacrifice.

  40. Landshark says:

    I would have bowed before the man who funded my college scholarship (back then, it was more money than I could imagine anyone giving) had I thought to do so.

    I don’t know why obama should be any different.

  41. To hell with the Obama Bobble HEADS which wiggle the top, lets see the new Obama Bobble Torso. perfect for the dash boards of potentates, anarchists and cop killers.

  42. proreason says:

    According to O’Reilly last night, The Moron’s toadies are claiming it’s a height thing.

    He didn’t bow, but rather out of politeness, he bent down to say hello to the former goat herder.


  43. mybrotherkeeper says:

    I think O is trying to destroy what makes America great because that is what his puppet masters want him to do. Believing that surely helps me not get so mad at him anymore.
    I mean, of course he knows it is not polite to act so and so with England’s royalty, and then kiss the butts of Muslim royalty; but to destroy this country’s independence he has to attack its Christian roots. Who cares about Islam’s influence-it has not done anything for America. Christianity is what has made this country great.

  44. catie says:

    I was following this on LGF (where I rarely go anymore) and old Charles said there was no such thing. I think I’ll head back over there and see if he wants to change his statement. Doubt it though.

  45. qemi says:

    I guess you guys didn’t notice when Bush was walking around the rose garden with this king, holding hands and kissing?

    • proreason says:

      We noticed, and we hated it, just like we hate the President obsequiously bowing to a former goat herder.

  46. qemi says:

    Who cares? Pull yourselves up out of this paranoid obsession and go doing something loving for your brothers and sisters. Fill your hears with love.

    • mybrotherkeeper says:

      To QEMI:
      The difference is holding hands is a custom the Middle Easterners have where PEERS of the same sex even kiss and dance sometimes, without any homosexual overtones–it is simply a cultural thing. Just as in Europe men often kiss each other on the cheek when greeting.
      What Obama did here was to show SUBSERVIENCE to a superior, not behave as towards a PEER.
      Even bigger than this is the Cover-Up!! Yeah, it is not as important as out-and-out surrendering, let’s say, to terrorism; but I just can’t stand the lack of the most basic truthfulness!! If YOU can stand that…well, I am just saying it’s not Good and Normal. It’s pretty sad when people think there is no such thing as truth…denying what everybody can see…well, you ought to just poke your eyes out…they are not doing you any good! I am not saying YOU deny the bow, it’s just that so many deny it…how can one discuss anything with such a one, if the most basic witness, EYEwitness, is denied?

    • proreason says:

      Obviously, people such as yourself, qemi, who think The Moron can do no wrong don’t care.

      But people who respect the traditions the United States has had for 200+ years care.

      Personally, I think that in this instance, the child-man just slipped up and did what comes naturally to him, which is to act subservient to an older Muslim man…..so I don’t put much credence in it. I already knew that about him. Anyway, if he wasn’t so pitifully stupid, he wouldn’t have done it, because he certainly doesn’t want the gried it has caused him.

      The more interesting issue is the in-your-face lying about the incident.

      It is very significant that this criminal administration is so contemptuous of American citizens that they are willing to lie so publicly and blatantly about something that is so easily proven or disproven. And that probably means that they are extremely confident that people like you, qemi, are so brainwashed that you wouldn’t object even when faced with a lie that a 3-year old child could detect.

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