Take a bow Mr. President…or not

2 Apr

obamabowOne of my favorite scences from the Lord of the Rings Trilogy comes at the end after Aragorn is crowned king. He is greeting the crowd and he comes upon Frodo and his three hobbit friends. They begin to bow to their friend and newly crowned king.

Aragorn stops them and says “My friends, you bow to no one.”

Protocol would dictate that they kneel before the king, but these were extraordinary circumstances.

No so when President Obama committed his latest breach of protocol by bowing to the King of Saudi Arabia.

Obama bows down to Saudi King
American Thinker

I am quite certain that this is not the protocol, and is most unbecoming a President of the United States.
Read more.

American Thinker provides the video and links to protocol references.

Obama bows to Saudi king
Greeting called ‘most unbecoming for president of the United States’
World Net Daily

President Obama greeted the king of Saudi Arabia with a full bow from the waist yesterday, a move one commentator described as a violation of protocol and not worthy of the office he holds.
Read more.

Maybe the President could ask Hector Elizondo to reprise his role as an impromptu etiquette coach in Pretty Woman.

Maybe the President could ask Hector Elizondo to reprise his role as an impromptu etiquette coach in Pretty Woman.

My copy of the White House Protocol is long out of date and long boxed away (I was given one by an acquaintance who worked in the Reagan White House), but I’m pretty sure if I could find it it would say heads of state do not bow to heads of state.

You know, yesterday I suggested that it was the President’s Chief of Protocol who was letting him down on this. But on a foreign visit, protocol is handled by the State Department.

And who is the Secretary of State?

I’m just sayin’…

4 Responses to “Take a bow Mr. President…or not”

  1. Baker April 2, 2009 at 10:40 pm #

    I wonder if it’s worthy of a president to hold his hand and take long windy walks through the garden.

  2. Michael April 3, 2009 at 7:40 am #

    You miss the point. Being polite, and even friendly is one thing (and whether the garden thing was appropriate is a whole different post).

    This was an act of submission.

  3. mark brady April 3, 2009 at 6:26 pm #

    Read “How to win friends and influence people.” It will likely improve your geopolitical commentary skeelz.

  4. Michael April 3, 2009 at 7:06 pm #

    Mr. Brady, since I spent 8 years in DC dealing with matters of protocol between state legislators, the White House, foreign Ambassadors and members of the European Parliament, I think my “skeelz” are sharp enough to recognize a breach in protocol.

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