|Copy/paste from a comment I made earlier
||[Nov. 17th, 2009|10:33 pm]
Hank DeBoer, MT-BC
"Did President Obama grovel before the emperor of Japan?"
Obama's been compared to Dick Cheney meeting the same dude during his term, during which Cheney shook the hand and did not bow, therefore not "showing weakness".
Why is it always about strength or weakness? People need to accept that we currently have a president in office who has received the Nobel Peace Prize because he has shown promise for fostering worldwide peace and to improve the USA's image among other countries. If we keep going around ignoring other countries' customs, that will make us continue to appear that we think we're better than they are. It's a formula for peace to share customs and be respectful. Obama did not just bow...but he shook hands simultaneously (it is not customary to touch when bowing). Japan's tradition mixed with the USA's tradition. And all parties involved seemed to be okay with it.
I support peace. I never did and never will support fabricated bullshit that attempts to create hatred and "strength". He's not perfect, but many of the things the president's doing are making a lot of sense. Dude's got a lot on his plate.