Just thought I'd try and start another fun comparison thread. [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WlqW6UCeaY]YouTube - Obama Bows to Saudi King[/ame] [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0mZfpOfQYc]YouTube - Barack Obama bows to Japan's Emperor Akihito[/ame] So lets get to the comparison, contrast, and opinions. I think he was just trying to show respect to both leaders as it is custom in both countries to bow to the royalty and emporer. That being said something about an american president Bowing to the Saudi bothers me A LOT more than him bowing to the Japanese. I think its because the japanese are our ally and act like a good friend in international matters, their actions show their alliance with us. The saudis on the other hand dont seem as helpful in anything and their country spawned the 9/11 hijackers. In the end I say both bows were appropriate but am still a little bothered by the saudi one. What say you guys and gals?