Nov 17, 2009
Criticism of President Obama reaches a new height of pettiness
Just when you thought the criticism of President Obama can’t get any more petty and ridiculous, right-wingers go out and surprise you.
The irrational hatred of the President knows no bounds, and something as simple as urging students to stay in school and achieve is suspect.
Now, the teabaggers are upset with the way President Obama greeted Japanese Emperor Akihito on the President’s Asia trip. Former weatherman and current rightwing tool Steve Doocy on “fox and friends” claimed that "dating back to the very founding of this Republic, American leaders do not bow to leaders of other countries,” and he called it “unprecedented.”
Like every other thing on the propaganda arm of the GOP, that is simply false, and the fact is several past Presidents have bowed while greeting foreign leaders.
Former President Richard Nixon bowed while meeting the Japanese Emperor in 1971 in Alaska at the first visit of a Japanese Emperor to America.
Former President Dwight Eisenhower bowed to French President Charles De Gaulle, as shown by a September 2, 1959 Associated Press photo.
The bow was apparently done incorrectly, but it was neither “unprecedented” nor a sign of weakness.