Did Obama check his bow to Abdullah? – UPDATES!

Let me say right off the bat, I have never thought, as apparently many still do, that Barack Obama was a Muslim. Obama said he was a Christian, and – although it is difficult to believe he sat in Jeremiah Wright’s church for 20 years and never heard him utter racist or anti-American sentiments – I tend to take people at their word, until their behavior informs me otherwise.

Such is the case, here. President Obama’s own behavior has me wondering.

I don’t like this video. Spin it any way you like, Obama’s knee is bending, and the head is going very low, almost low enough to kiss a ring, but then Obama’s smooth movements become awkward and stilted, reflecting interrupted momentum – like a batter checking his swing. This looks very much like a man catching himself in mid-bow and suddenly remembering that he should not.

I recall the press making a big stink when President Bush held hands with a Saudi Prince; we were told by all the pundits that it was a “very revealing” gesture, one that “demonstrated” Bush’s fealty to the oil-producers.

I’m quite certain, however, that we’re going to hear Obama’s action – which certainly looks like a checked bow, to me – explained away, with a sniff of disdain. “Actually the president looking for something on the rug,” or “anticipating a step” (which would make no sense, given Abudullah’s height). Perhaps we’ll be told that Obama “has a head cold” and “was stifling a sneeze” or “was suppressing a cough,” or “is very, very tired, and momentarily betrayed his exhaustion; saving the world is very tiring.”

I think it was a checked bow.

What does it mean? Nothing good, I don’t think. Is Obama a Muslim? That is less important to me than whether or not he is lying about it.

The American President does not bow to a King; they are supposed to be equals. I am really reluctant to join the “Obama is a Muslim” club, but he did not help himself by betraying his inclination, here, to bow. Nor, did he dampen down those flames when he banned the press from covering his White House reception for a federation of African-American community newspapers, (including, it seems, newspapers for and by the Nation of Islam) which was giving the president an award. The swooning lapdog press – even if it whines now and then, will never ask the president about that closed meeting. They’ll never ask the president if he was bowing, either. It would be pointless to, of course, but the press won’t even ask. They’ll be too busy trying to explain it away for Obama.

After all, as Chris Matthews said, it’s their job to make straight his path, or whatever.

We saw that this morning, when the stupid, insanely biased press rolled their eyes at those in the UK who minded Michelle Obama breaking protocol and touching Queen Elizabeth. How dare those English criticize an Obama? Now that the Bush’s are out of office, don’t these people realize that anything the American President or his Spouse does is beyond critique? Hey, if it weren’t for us, they’d all be speaking German, and they’d better get with the program!

Is Barack Obama secretly a Muslim or – if not a Muslim – somehow beholden to Muslim interests? I don’t know. Still can’t say. But it’s a fair question, now. And I keep remembering this quote from a writer in the NY Daily News, which is hardly a conservative bastion:

During the campaign, a fellow journalist confided that “I know Obama is a Manchurian candidate, I just can’t figure out what for.” I laughed then, but no more.

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American Digest has the lowdown (with pics) on how those stupid, graceless Bushies gifted the Queen of England when they met:

President and Mrs. Bush gave Her Majesty a bronze statuette “High Desert Princess” with a personal inscription on the bottom of the base. It is a replica of the original life size statue that is located in front of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Ft. Worth, Texas.

President and Mrs. Bush gave The Prince Philip an exclusive sterling silver eagle box by Tiffany & Co. with personal inscription on the inside lid.

President and Mrs. Bush gave Their Majesties a leather presentation box filled with a collection of documents from the National Archives. One of the items was a copy of an original letter from President Roosevelt to her father, King George, written in 1938. There were also photos from previous royal visits and a DVD of the footage from the Queen’s visit to the United States when she was Princess Elizabeth in 1951.

Informative. Instructive. Some people project everything they are onto others. Over and over again.

Heh. Maybe the Obama’s mean to give these awful gifts they keep bestowing on our allies. Perhaps they’re sending a message. To whom? The whole world, baby. The whole world.

And if they’re not sending a message, then they really need to fire their Chief of Protocol.

UPDATE I: After watching this video by Ed Morrissey, I’m more inclined to think, yes…he bowed. He bowed deeply, to the Saudi King.

UPDATE II: No, he was not “picking something off the floor.” Nice try, but Ed demonstrates that Obama’s right hand was engaged with Abdullah’s, and his left continuously at his side. He wasn’t picking up a gum wrapper. Wasn’t looking for a contact lens. Obama was bowing. Press will ignore.

UPDATE III:
Once upon a time, the American Press – in the form of the New York Times would take a president to task for making even a quasi-bow to another foreign head. This wasn’t that long ago. The president was Clinton. Ed has more.

We know next-to nothing about this man, Barack Obama,
because the lapdog press would ask him nothing beyond, “what makes you so great?” We’ve never seen so much as a college transcript or a college essay. We only know who his friends were, and they…well, they were not great friends to America. And he bowed to the Saudi king. Deeply. And he is moving fast to control about 30% of the economy.

That, umm…almost doesn’t matter anymore. In his first 100 days, Obama will have dismantled our economy and our capitalist structure for the other model. I told you the coup would be nearly painless, and here we are.

Oh, and while Obama was in Europe, it was the 60th Anniversary of Truman signing The Marshall Plan. But no one mentioned that at the G20. The greatness and generosity of America went unremarked upon. “Submission Accomplished”. But boy, he sure does have a great smile.

**[Note - inserted there was a link to this satirical bit by Jonah Goldberg that I was remarking on, but I hit "publish" instead of "save," and just decided the hell with all that - at this point, everything seems like satire! And I'm spastic, sometimes. - admin.]

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  • kelleybee

    It is a good thing I went to Adoration today, or this video would have sent me right off the reservation.

  • roylofquist

    Nobody seems to have taken note of the Queen’s gift. It was a silver framed photograph of her and Prince Phillip. They have a small warehouse filled with these. It is the standard gift to anybody who meets the Queen – like the winners of the junior rugby championship.

    This was a studied, strong insult in response to the treatment of Mr. Brown. Ah, ’twas a wasted gesture. The Obama clown show didn’t even realize they were being dissed.

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  • waltj

    Love the “Manchurian Candidate” meme. Here in Indonesia, some of the fringe Islamic press is saying that Obama is actually–wait for it–Jewish, and is “more of a danger to Muslims” than George W. Bush ever was. Even for here, a country that loves intrigue and hidden agendas, that’s pretty far out there on the edges. Haven’t seen any of it in the English-language press yet, and it may not ever appear there, but it’s part of the fun of being able to read and speak the local language. You never know what you’ll find there. The sad thing is that some people actually believe this stuff.

    As far as Obama being beholden to the Saudis, I don’t think he is any more or any less than any other American president. Saudi Arabia, as odious as we may find its government and its hate-spreading Wahhabi missionaries, is nevertheless (and unfortunately) a key ally in the region. The Saudis are willing to use their influence with OPEC to increase oil production, they let us use their ports and military bases for our own purposes, and they serve as a check on Iranian influence in the Gulf. Would we like them better as Jeffersonian democrats? Of course. Would the the problem of Sunni extremism be more manageable if the Saudis weren’t sending tons of money to every Salafi hatemonger out there? Certainly. Would I like to see the U.S. president challenge the Saudis on the spread of their hate-filled version of Islam, on women’s rights, on their support for HAMAS, on the lack of political and religious freedoms in the Kingdom? You bet I would, but until now, the president, whoever he might have been, has decided he’s had “bigger fish to fry” with the Saudis. Picking allies is sometimes a matter of holding one’s nose, taking the bad along with the good, and finding the common ground. Stringent idealists usually end up getting shut out.

    Who is pulling Obama’s strings? I think he’s pulling most of them himself. He’s out of his depth and it shows, badly. Soros and company probably have some influence, but if Obama were a true Manchurian president, I doubt it would look so sloppy. All he’s ever done is audition, and play a few bit parts. Now, he’s got the starring role, and the world is beginning to see what a lousy actor he really is.

  • http://newine.wordpress.com ultraguy

    Work the logic the other direction. Is there anything external to Obama to suggest he is, in effect if not officially, a muslim? …and not just any ordinary muslim, either. There is.

    Also, it’s worth asking: Why would he continue to spend time and money opposing efforts to release the vault copy of his birth certificate? If he were foreign born, it is doubtful, at this point, with a Democrat Congress, a split SCOTUS and a public that still believes the big lie, that he would or could be removed.

    Yet if it revealed his religious affiliation and with it, his true identity, then that’s a problem for him. Not on the timetable. Too early. That revelation will come, and with a vengeance; just not now… though very soon.

    You are astute to read these small signs, Anchoress. Look at who and what he opposes. Don’t let the world’s frameworks for analyzing it all compel you to ignore your instincts. You are onto something larger than you can possibly imagine.

  • http://vita-nostra-in-ecclesia.blogspot.com/ Bender B. Rodriguez

    Is Barack Obama secretly a Muslim or – if not a Muslim – somehow beholden to Muslim interests? I don’t know. Still can’t say. But it’s a fair question, now.

    I would say that he is more probably a dhimmi.
    Those on the left are all too eager to bow down in fealty before despots. Now the Saudi king is no Ahmadinejad, but because he is from an uber-Islamic country, the same impulse to ingratiate himself is there.

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  • mrp

    Paging Dick Cheney! Paging Dick Cheney!

  • http://americandigest.org vanderleun

    Well, I’ve got a photograph of the bowing moment taken from behind over at my place and by my lights he’s kow towing.

    Check it out

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  • rcareaga

    I wish my fellow commentators here, and our good hostess, the joy of these transient distractions. Time spent musing on hallucinations is time unavailable for actual mischief.

    [Aw, Rand...mischief is always the province of the left! As to hallucinations, well...that's pretty much the province of the left, too! ;-) -admin]

  • http://superherohistorians.com Jason Pie

    He bowed. I, for one, could care less if he’s Muslim. As with any religion there are the good and the bad. Of course, the bad Muslim is some of the worst. But there are good Muslims who are kind people. I don’t think it’s a big deal. There is no religious test in this country. Unfortunately, people are obsessed with it and maybe that’s why we aren’t being captained on the Good Ship Romney right now. SIGH. However, I do care if he lies about it. Look, this isn’t complicated. Obama grew up with socialist ideas. He graduated and studied them in his work after school by reading Alinsky. He hangs out with radicals. Obama is no different than any kid who reads Animal Farm and thinks socialilsm is cool. Obama just never grew out of it. He has no wisdom. He may be intelligent, but has no wisdom. He has no thoughts of his own. They are all a mishmash of people he has read or hung out with. I don’t think he’s a Manchurian Candidate. He is what he is, a socialist who buys into all that garbage despite all the evidence contrary to it. Why? Because he doesn’t and has never lived in the real world that usually shatters those stupid ideals. He tried the real world for a bit, couldn’t hack it, so he went to go work as a community organizer. He’s also a narcissist who obviously has nobody to check him. Nobody to say, “Dude, an iPod?”

  • Alia

    Yesterday I turned on CNN when I got home and they had a reporter on talking about how it was okay that the Obamas didn’t follow protocol regarding not touching the Queen because they were young and fresh and hip and something different, so that made it okay. But Bush winks at the Queen and it’s practically an international crisis in the eyes of the left. I quickly changed the channel.

    And I don’t know if Obama is secretly a Muslim or not, nor do I really care at this point. I have just gotten to the point that I think that he’s lying whenever his lips move. It’s going to be a really long four years.

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  • rcareaga

    We need not quibble over terms. I am happy to see the partisans of the old regime transfixed by shiny objects, and dazzled by, yet somehow reconciling, the twin visions of Obama as sinister Madrassan Candidate and oafish naif falling short of his predecessor’s gravitas. I’m fairly confident that for precisely as long as and to the extent to which his opponents are preoccupied by these bagatelles, the President may devote that much more attention to matters of state as opposed to political chess, and for this I thank all of you. Oh, and alia (#15), who says “it’s going to be a really long four years” — the eight years lately concluded felt pretty durned long for, apparently, a majority of the electorate this November past. I could say “suck it up” but will merely counsel patience instead.

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  • ewetender

    This is off subject but does anyone know what the O’s gave Prince Philip?
    Maybe a boxed set of Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr’s videos.

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