Friday, April 3, 2009


bowing down to Islamist monarch


Back in the primary season there was a lot of
speculation as to whether or not
Barack Hussein Obama
is a Muslim.
It is a fact that his father, Barack, Sr., a Muslim
from Kenya was a Muslim
and it is a fact that his step-father, Lolo Sotero,
was a Muslim.
It is also a fact that during the time he lived in
Indonesia he attended a madrassa school of religion
in the local mosque.
It is also a fact that he did not begin to attend the
church of the notorious Pastor Jeremiah Wright
until he decided to run for State Legislator in Illinois.
It is a fact that many of his friends and mentors
during his Chicago, Columbia and Harvard years
were Muslims.
Surely is reasonable to wonder if he is a
stealth Muslim.


Yesterday, in London, at the reception for the
heads of state of the various nations participating
in the G-20 Conference,
His bow was not a simple bow of the head such as the
one he gave to Queen Elizabeth of England the day before.
His bow to the King of Saudi Arabia was a
profound bow from the waist.

Barack Hussein Obama is the
to bow before a foreign head of state.

What could possibly be the explanation
except that his life-long reverence
for Mecca and Medina
flowing from his Muslim
faith overcame his
awareness of his
dignity as


Has anyone ever seen Barack Obama publicly bow and bend his knee when meeting someone prior to yesterday? I don't recall any photos of such a gesture of greeting, but I would be very happy if some of the President's defenders on the left could provide such evidence that his striking body language yesterday before the monarch of Saudi Arabia and custodian of the holy cities of Mecca and Medina was simply a habitual gesture of warmth.

(See also: Obama bows down to Saudi King)

When meeting the Saudi King for the first time at a reception in London, the President of the United States unmistakably
bowed deeply and even bent his knee. (at 1:37 in the following video)

The American mainstream media apparently paid no heed, and instead focused on Michelle Obama causally touching the Queen of England when introduced to the United Kingdom's monarch. If anyone has seen MSM paying attention to this signal event, a traditional acknowledgement of fealty, please let me know.

If it was not a gesture of subordination, why did the Saudi King fail to respond with a similar bow?

The left wing blogs are doing their best to ridicule reaction to those who reacted in horror to body language conveying subordination and fealty. A self-identified "community college professor" on the left wing site Firedoglake uses a lot of Anglo-Saxonisms in ridiculing conservative reaction:

The wingnut attention span just isn't that long, usually, and even by these cretins' standards this "story" is pretty thin drool.

"Thin drool" is priceless, isn't it? The expression is "thin gruel", but I guess this "professor" has good reason to write under a pseudonym. There's nothing more ridiculous than an illiterate calling others cretins.

Another lefty blog, Whiskey Fire is even more pathetic:

...note that Obama is about a foot taller than Abdullah, and so had to kind of contort himself to get into any sort of position to shake the sheikh's hand. (Ha ha that is a joke, shake the sheikh's hand.)

Prior to the bow to the Saudi monarch, lefty blogs were celebrating the First Couple's expected casual attitude toward the Queen. Democratic Underground wrote: (hat tip: Powerline):

Before the Kennedy's first state visit to England, Jacqueline Kennedy asked Duke whether she should curtsy to the Queen. He told her no because she was the wife of the head of state and heads of state and their wives do not go around bowing and curtsying to one another.

Three years later, after her husband's funeral, Mrs. Kennedy received guests in the White House family quarters. When Prince Philip greeted her, she curtsied to him. Duke was surprised because Mrs. Kennedy was a stickler for protocol and had a steel trap memory for such things. Noting his surprise, Mrs. Kennedy whispered to him:

"Angie, I'm no longer the wife of a head of state."

Duke said he immediately left the room and wept.

So, don't be surprised if Mrs. Obama does not curtsy to the Queen.

Yes, it is true that George W. Bush held the Saudi monarch's hand and kissed his cheek. But hand holding by men is a common gesture of friendship, not subservience, in Arab culture, as is kissing of the cheek. And yes, Dick Cheney was awarded a medal by the Saudi monarch, and lowered his head so that medal could be draped from his neck on a ribbon. And receiving an honor is not the same as an immediate unreciprocated bow upon meeting a monarch for the first time.

There is no question that an unreciprocated bow is a gesture of subservience. Bowing is a very serious matter in many cultures. I have counseled hundreds of Western executives on the intricacies of bowing when dealing with Japanese business executives, stressing that an unreciprocated bow is a rude gesture of dominance. The body language is clear and unmistakable in all cultures.

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 the demi-prostration of the American leader carrying the name Hussein to the guardian of Islam's holiest cities.

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.

Thomas Lifson is editor and publisher of American Thinker.


Would Abe Lincoln bow down to a slave-keeping Arab king?

James Lewis
Step aside, Queen Elizabeth dearie, and allow us to poke you in the ribs on Larry King. What a gag! And to you, imperialist swine Gordon Brown, we give you a well-considered diplomatic slap in the face. Take those cheap DVDs and shove them. As for that Churchill bust, get it outta here. I am the Egg of Change.

As for King Abdullah bin Saud, I, a free-born Black man, bow down to you in the ancient gesture of slave submission --- even though the Saudis no longer welcome bowing to a mere human being, but only to Allah. That low bow and that series of "Up yours!" gestures to the Brits, who are still helping us militarily in Afghanistan, are carefully scripted gestures. They are meant to be seen by you and me -- imperialistic monsters -- and by the famous Arab street, who understand bowing and submission quite nicely. Even though the Arab League just applauded the indicted little Hitler of the Sudan, a regime still deeply enmeshed in criminal genocide and Black slavery -- raiding, killing, and forcible conversion of native African peoples to Islam.

What would Abraham Lincoln say? Would he turn red with shame at the sight of an American president kowtowing to a slave-keeping Arab royal? Would he laugh, and turn it into one of his famous stories? My bet is on laughing, but we'll never know.

We do know that an Illinois frontier lawyer never bows down to anybody. Except maybe to sucker the local Indian Chief into moving off another piece of land. Because Obama's gesture is just that, a mere gesture, and therefore tinged with the contempt Mr. Obama really harbors toward everybody in the world, most of all his own people. I do not think he is a Muslim, because he is bowing toward a human being, not Allah. Obama's father was a socialist atheist, and so is Obama. Which all the Arab regimes know perfectly well.

When we see him going on hajj in a white sheet, we'll know different. Right now this is just Obama grand PR at another level -- like those Greek Styrofoam columns, the Axelrod rock-star campaign aimed at the twitterhead masses who voted him in -- two to one for the under-thirties, with the over-thirties split right down the middle. That's why the twitters still worship him, and will until the day he fades from the scene.

As for that trillion-dollar vow to the Third World, guess who is going to pay it -- and who won't? Right. That's how it always happens with Uncle Sucker at the UN. So it looks like Obama is really a post-colonial revanchist -- one who is intent on taking revenge, psychological and material for the perceived slights of the past.

Next: A trip to Africa to apologize for the slave trade that was stopped by the British Navy and American Republicans, like Abe Lincoln, 150 years ago. A well-rehearsed ancient grievance like slavery, the sins of the great-great-great-grandfathers, can always be used to guilt-trip white folks today into giving more of their money.

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