Thursday, April 9, 2009

Gift-gate, Grope-gate and now Bow-gate


All right, that's it! President Barry is not, repeat, not allowed to leave the country anymore! At least not until he's read a book or something on how all of this going overseas stuff and interacting with the leaders of foreign countries (who are supposed to be on our side!) is supposed to go. Maybe "Foreign Relations and Home and Abroad for Dummies" or something like that? Because I was able to overlook Gift-gate when President Barry gave Gordon Brown of the UK a bunch of DVDs (which I still think would have been fine if and only if they had been DVDs of the appropriate Region so that Gordon Brown could actually watch them. But they were the wrong region and he cannot watch them, thus rendering the gift inappropriate and wrong.) and I was totally against Grope-gate when Michelle Obama and her new BFF, the Queen of England, actually touched one another (you'd have thought they were in a tub full of Jell-O in the middle of a bar the way everyone was carrying on about it. Though I would like to see that, simply because it'd be so, so strange.). But now President Barry is teetering on the brink of "buffoonage." (Made that up. Just now!) And it has to stop. Soon. Tell me I'm overreacting. I'm not (for once)! Look, I'll spell it out for you.

For example, according to Gadling, whilst President Barry was over there in Europe and taking questions from reporters, an Austrian reporter asked "...about his impressions of European leaders." A simple enough question, right? Regardless as to your real impressions, you always, always say you liked 'em. That's easy. And President Barry pretty much went with that by saying that "...the interaction between European lawmakers was really not all that different than the way in which the US Senate operates." (He didn't say whether that was supposed to mean how the two parties of the US Senate can't get anything done or how the two parties of the US Senate are spending money like drunken sailors on leave or if it meant something completely different. I can't imagine what, however.)

In explaining that answer, he said, "...there's a lot of -- I don't know what the term is in Austrian -- wheeling and dealing -- and, you know, people are pursuing their interests, and everybody has their own particular issues and their own particular politics." He doesn't know what the term is in Austrian?! Perhaps that's because there isn't an Austrian language! ::::sigh:::: Video of Language-gate below. ::::sigh again:::::



Even though that's pretty bad, it's almost like I've come to expect these things. You know, what with 8 years of GW out there saying things that don't make sense to anyone (including himself, I have the feeling). So while I wish he had not implied that he thought Austrian was a language (I'm just glad he wasn't up in Canada, America's Hat, and implied that he thought they spoke Canadian!), there are a few other things that I wish hadn't happened on his little jaunt abroad. Like bowing to the King. Of Saudi freaking Arabia. Huh?

The whole 'to bow or not to bow' thing (and apparently there is a thing) is a tricky one. I was under the impression that all of that Declaration of Independence stuff was to get away from the subservience that accompanies royalty. Besides that, to bow in someone's presence is seen as a sign of respect. Let me just give a brief refresher course on how Saudi Arabia works with King Abdullah in charge:
  • Corporal punishment, such as lashes, for 'crimes' such as 'sexual deviance' or 'drunkenness'.
  • There's no set number for these punishments. It's up to the judges. It can range from a few dozen to several thousand.
  • They're also very behead-y over there.
  • If a woman is raped, she will can be punished for 'her part' in the rape.

Nice, eh? Those are just a few But my favorite one that shows just how bass-ackwards they are over there is that women are not allowed to drive or ride bicycles. They are, however, allowed to fly aircraft! Granted, they have to be driven to the airport, but still! WTF is that all about? Their human rights record is not all that great (that's putting it mildly) and PARADE Magazine named King Abdullah the Number Five World's Worst Dictator for 2009. So if PARADE Magazine says so, it has to be true.

The thing is, the US protocol on bowing is that we don't. So when footage was shown of President Barry allegedly bowing to King Abdullah, some people got their burkas all in a wad. (Naturally, the whole "Barack Obama is a secret Muslim" conspiracy theory reared it's head again with the emergence of this footage. He's not a Muslim!) And really, come on, President Barry! Can we not trust you to leave the White House for just a little while without causing an international stir?! You're the President of the United States! You bowed to King Abdullah as if you were inferior, as if you were subservient. I understand you're new and all, but we don't bow!

It does get worse, by the way. But not before the video. The bowing starts to come in around 0:49 through 0:59 in the video below. It's three minutes long and the commentary is in Spanish (maybe Portuguese, definitely not Austrian), so you might just want to zip ahead to the bow. Video first, then then more bad! Behold!




OK, so what could be worse that the President of the US bowing to the King of Saudi Arabia and all of his oil? If you thought George Bush holding hands with the King of Saudi Arabia as they went for a leisurely stroll, well, you'd be right, but it wasn't what I had in mind this time. But Behold! anyway.

That's lovely. They're a lovely couple. No, the part that really burns my toast is that the White House is denying that he bowed! How stupid do they think we are? VERY apparently! They're saying he didn't bow. "Didn't bow" as in "did not bow". Right. Why would you lie to us, White House? Why? Why?

Over there at Politico.com, a one Ben Smith apparently asked, "Why the bow?" and an Obama aide who would only speak on the condition of anonymity (because you never want people to know who you are when you're blatantly lying) answered with: "It wasn't a bow. He grasped his hand with two hands, and he's taller than King Abdullah." Um, no he didn't. Nor was he looking for a lost contact lens or drop his iPod or comparing shoe size with said King. He was bowing. I have proof. I swear. Behold! Proof!

Here he is starting to go in.

Here he is grasping at the hand which holds all of our fuel in it's oily grasp.



And here he is in the middle of his 'two hand' handshake due to the striking height difference between the two, whatever that means. OH, but what's that?! Why, it's his other hand! It's going to be a bit hard to perform the "two hand handshake" with one of your hands not shaking because you're really bowing!



And there it is again in plainer sight. The uncooperative second hand of Barack Obama. (Is this the part where I get to say "Liar, liar, pants on fire!"? I hope so! I've been dying to say that to someone. Preferably someone I don't know. This works.)


The Washington Times called the bow a "shocking display of fealty to a foreign potentate." Wow. I'm glad the Washington Times is getting plenty of use out of their thesaurus! Now I need a dictionary. Fealty?(Intense fidelity.) Potentate? (One who has great power or sway.) They also said that "...it violated centuries of American tradition of not deferring to royalty." And it apparently started a new American tradition of lying to the public about something that is blatantly obvious. They say it's protocol to not bow, but he bowed! They're protocol liars,.that's what they are!


Can someone please inform him of the rules around there? I know that's someone's job. Who's Secretary of State? Oh, that's right. I forgot. It's her. Hillary. :::deep breath::: OK, I never thought I'd say this, but where's Hillary when you need her?

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7 comments:

Alice Amplified said...

America. We are huggers. Welcome.

He not only bowed, but he came damned close to kissing his feet. No ofense, but that was the worst bow I have ever seen. Bend at the waist man, at the waist!!!

Ugh, he looked awful....so subservient. Someone buy that man a book. And for the record, quit saying UHHH and UMMMM too.

Ruth@VS said...

Weird bow! And why? The strange thing is that bowing is not a muslim thing anyway. Maybe he fell over?

Look, it could be worse. You could have GW back, or you could have our PM, who managed to meet someone important in the US (I forget who) with one trouser leg (Pants to you I think) stuck in his sock, and who can't speak a sentence without doing a weird jaw movement, and he told everyone in the UK he saved the world. Now that's embarrassment.

Anonymous said...

He's definitely not a secret muslim. As Ruth said Muslims only bow to God, so I'm not sure what that is about, but it is kinda funny.

When he came here to Canada, the big "Bruhaha" (Gotta love a word like Bruhaha) was that he bought 2 maple leaf shaped cookies 4 his kids with Canadian (aka monopoly money). Who gives a crap. Dude can afford 2 pay 4 2 cookies made 4 tourists.

At least u have a leader that the world knows. The borderline redneck ruling Canada was in the US and walking the streets of Manhattan and no 1 even knew who he was or that he was there. Dude is a total tool. Invisible total tool who just lives to raise taxes. Also, runs the country like a dictator.

I'm not sure what the Barry Bowing incident is about but it is funny. I've been to Saudi. They were relatively nice people but it's very screwed up society. It is so socially repressed. Huge drinking and drug problem but it's not acknowledged. So many gay men there and gay women for that matter. People cheating on their spouses...same social issues everywhere else but the government is in denial.

Huge amount of poverty there as well. Now that was shocking but it was there. No different from the homeless you see in any inner city in the States. All that damn oil and the money it generates does NOT filter down to the rest of the Saudi citizens.

So Barry Bowing to the chunky King is annoying, but if they just buy him a copy of Miss Manners that he can read while on Airforce 1...I'm sure these incidents will be minimized. Saw the movie W btw...OMG Josh Brolin deserved an oscar...he sounded, walked and even talked like him...Georgie was comical.

La Belle Canadienne said...

Oops Mare...don't know why I clicked anonymous...I'm still asleep i think despite having the day off...mais cherie c'est moi...La Belle Canadienne!

grannyann said...

You know he bowed and they are covering up just like they do on everything. Just imagine 3 1/2 more years of this stuff.

Alice Amplified said...

I just realized the BOW (from the waist) and BOW (as in Aretha's) are spelled the same. This is confusing, who do I speak to in the Word Department? I need a word nerd.

Oh look, there's one.

Mare said...

Alice, will be sure to pass long the dislike of the anticapatory pauses President Barry inserts into everything he says. It takes him like..um...what....like...uh...FOREVER to get out..a...sentence?

Oh, Ruth, he's NOT a Muslim. He's not even a seekret Muslim. He's just President Barry who needs to read a book on "How To Win Foreign Friends and Influence Policy." I looked for the incident in which you described with the Prime Pantleg stuck in his sock and found more than one example of that. I'm sorry. How much longer are you stuck with him? We had 8 years of GW.

La Belle, I thought that sounded like you! You have a point about the world knowing our leader, as when you mentioned the Canadian Grand Poobah being able to walk about with no one recognizing him, I had to stop and think who the top dog was in Canada. (Harper?) And Josh Brolin was excellent as GW, I agree!

GrannyAnn, yes, I do know he bowed. I find it troubling that the White House is flat out lying by saying he did not bow. They might as well tell us the sky is green and expect us to believe that as well. I can only hope there isn't 3 1/2 more yrs of being looked at and lied to.

And Alice again, your uncanny ability to spot the word nerd in the wild is truly amazing and accurate. Now, if President Barry had put on Aretha's BOW before meeting King Abdullah, THAT would have been harder for the White House to lie about. So what say we leave the two BOW's spelled the same for now and hope that he does don the hat in the future?

~ Mare