He should have that looked at…

1 Feb
AP Photo/Edmund Fountain

Maybe it’s an old back injury.

This photo from last week shows President Obama bowing to Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio last Thursday.  This follows on last years stories of the President bowing to Saudi King Abdullah and Japanese Emperor Akihito.

While greetings differ, protocol does not dictate that the President bow to other heads of state.  That’s the story here.

Sure there’s the message of hopey-changeyness thats says we can all get along if we just play nice.  But I don’t think even President Obama is saying that the United States is bowing to the Saudis, or the Japanese, or even the City of Tampa.

I think someone in his protocol office, perhaps the same person that suggested he give an iPod to the Queen of England, needs to get up to speed.

In other words, this is a non-story.  One that can distract from the real issue of defeating Obama care, or the real issue of the President’s proposed budget of $3.8 trillion budget for fiscal 2011 that projects the deficit will shoot up to a record $1.6 trillion this year.


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