Here he goes again following the student town hall meeting in Shanghai, yesterday, watch around the 1:00 mark as he makes several small bows, and one deep one:
Hat tip: Weasel Zippers
But White House aides say the approach is deliberate — part of Obama’s determination to deliver on his campaign promise of directly engaging friends and enemies alike, giving America a less belligerent posture abroad.*****
Downplaying bald assertions of American self-interest, Obama in his speeches has emphasized the pursuit of enlightened shared interests with other nations. The approach also invests deep faith in the power of Obama’s personal presence—a belief that a calm and reasonable style will summon calm and reasonable responses around the world.
White House senior adviser David Axelrod, who is accompanying the president on his four-nation, nine-day trip, told POLITICO that Obama is “governing in just the way that he said he would” during his campaign.
“He believes in vigorous engagement around the world — in strong alliances, in confronting our adversaries and standing up for human rights by making these points in a very public way,” Axelrod said. “He is confident. He’s someone who’s leading from strength and a deep belief in who America is and what we stand for. That confidence is reflected in the way he conducts himself on the world stage.”
Ace commenting on the Obamabow blog fodder:
Now, all that said, all that acknowledgement that maybe this is a “blog issue,” as Greg Gutfeld said, let me note again something that makes it not just a “blog issue” at all: Obama lied. Gibbs lied. White House sources lie. They all denied down the line that they were offering a sycophantic servility — bowing like an inferior — to royalty, and they now are forced to admit it was a lie all along.
They were deliberately bowing to royalty, and just lying about it to the American public. Because, I guess, sometimes a lie is “diplomatic.”
So it seems while foreign royalty gets deep bows, the American public gets lies and fast-talk about it.
Actually… also taking it out of the realm of “blog issue” is that any symbolic act stands for something concrete and real. And Obama isn’t just showing the symbolism of deference, weakness, and appeasement; he’s actually practicing deference, weakness, and appeasement. His symbolic gesture then is simply confirmation of objective reality.
Here’s the bow to the Chinese Premier,
See HotAirPundit for all three Obamabows from his trip to Asia.