When I first saw this photo on Yahoo news, my first impression was how proud I was of President Obama to greet the emperor and empress in such a kind and respectful gesture of friendship. Then I saw that the article was titled Outcry Over Obama's Bow.
Here's what I read.
"WASHINGTON (AFP) – News photos of President Barack Obama bowing to Japan's emperor have incensed critics here, who said the US leader should stand tall when representing America overseas.
Obama on Monday was in China, having wrapped up the Japan leg of his Asia trip two days earlier. But Washington's punditocracy was still weighing whether or not the US president had disgraced his country two days earlier by having taken a deep bow at the waist while meeting Japan's Emperor Akihito."
The president greeted the emperor and empress as is custom there. Conservatives felt he should have just shaken hands as Cheney did. Do you really want our president copying Cheney? I guess we want the president to be respectful of other countries' customs but not too respectful. After all, we don't want to tarnish our image of being all powerful, do we?
I'm really tired.
I'm going to go take a nap.