Despite the White House denials, it is clear from this video that The Teleprompted One was bowing to the Saudi King. Check out just how low he goes at the 5 second mark of this video.
“It wasn’t a bow. He grasped his hand with two hands, and he’s taller than King Abdullah,” said an Obama aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Go ahead and pause that video at the 5 second mark and you’ll see for yourself what a lie that is. You can see Obama’s head wayyyyy down low and his left hand was still at his side and is visible in that video frame.
So, how does this fit in with custom and protocol?
The Washington Times called the alleged bow a “shocking display of fealty to a foreign potentate” and said it violated centuries of American tradition of not deferring to royalty. The Weekly Standard, meanwhile, noted that American protocol apparently rules out bowing, or at least it reportedly did on the occasion of a Clinton “near-bow” to the emperor of Japan.
Obviously, between this and the various lame gifts that Obama has given to British leaders, there is no one at home in the protocol office at the White House. A bow has distinct connotations and is generally viewed as a sign of not only respect but of subservience. An American president should bow before no leader of another nation.