Should the President of the United States ever bow before another world leader?

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    President Obama created a new presidential precedent when he bowed to the Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko Saturday.


    No president of the United States in the more than 230 years since the country was founded in 1776 had ever bowed to a member of royalty. That was until Barack Obama's presidency.

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    No.
     
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    Wrong on all counts. Also, the Emperor is a figurehead, not a world leader. So double fail.
     
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    I seem to remember Bush bowing to the Saudis.
     
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    Probably, he did everything else. Danced with them, held hands with them, kissed them. Had them at the White House.

    However, Nixon also bowed slightly when he was in office.

    The problem is that too many Americans are ignorant to customs that have been set in place for thousands of years in Asia.
     
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    Seriously? You are 1) very naive and 2) know history worse than I do.

    So ... then should the other world leaders shake our president's hand or should we wage when they kiss him?
     
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    It's not just that obama bowed, it's the depth of the bow.
     
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    You're not referring to that 15 degree crap are you?
     
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    not sure what that is. I was in Jamaica for six days and heard about this incident last night on the phone at the Atlanta airport.
     
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    Jamaica? Nice.

    The people are complaining that Obama bowed too deeply. However, you are suppose to bow deeply when it comes to elders. There are three different bows, two originally. Informal Bow, Formal Bow, and Bow with a handshake. Obama did the last two combined.

    Informal Bow is 15 degrees, Formal Bow is lower, and the third is obvious.
     

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