Friday, April 10, 2009

The President's Bow

I can't manage to get the image out of my head.

When I heard that our president had "bowed low to the king of Saudi Arabia" I thought "No, couldn't be!"

And the White House "spokesperson" then said something to the effect that this was ridiculous and it only looked that way because the president is taller than the king.

But then I saw a link to the video and watched it.

That is a full-on bow if I ever saw one. I don't know if he kissed his ring or not, can't tell about that. Hardly matters, though. Our president has bowed in the traditional mark of fealty and subservience to a foreign monarch. General Washington must be revolving in his grave at a high rate of speed. Tom Jefferson has probably dematerialized.

One other point. Even though technically illegal, slavery is still practiced in Saudi Arabia. Don't take my word for it. Go to Google and ask for "slavery saudi arabia." See what you get. So, our self-consciously "black" chief of state has made obeisance to the king of a country where they still keep slaves and, as they have for centuries, look down their noses at blacks as inferior and fit only to be servants.

I find this all very disturbing. And that's understating the case.

I'm disgusted. And ashamed for us all.


theotherryan said...

I think since they banned slavery back in 1962 (what the heck) they call it "informal indentured servitude" now.

The Hermit said...

I'm afraid that Obama kissed more of the Saudi King's anatomy than just his hand, if only figuratively. I can only feel better about this by telling myself that only half the people in this country supported Obama.