Let’s cut to the chase, President Obama is in Japan, he meets the Emperor and of course bows to him, because that is what they do in Japan. Though it wasn’t a normal, everyday bow, but a deep bow at the waist; the kind you would see from your average Japanophile after buying a hot dog at the local convenient store. Not only that, but he also shook his hand at the same time, a feat of unparalleled multitasking.
As you can imagine, this pissed a lot of people off, like conservative Kristol, as he states, "I don't know why President Obama thought that was appropriate. Maybe he thought it would play well in Japan. But it's not appropriate for an American president to bow to a foreign one." This is just the tip of the iceburg when it comes to the complaints this one action has raised. "We don't defer to emperors. We don't defer to kings or emperors. The president of the United States -- this coupled with so many apologies from the United States -- is just another thing.”
Yes, the bow might have been weird and awkward and maybe a little too deep, but really who cares? That’s how people say hello in Japan, they bow! Do you want me to find the children’s book that explains this? It’s right next to the one that tells us that everyone poos. People are really thinking too deeply into this, all because the President of America bowed to an Emperor who has no power, doesn’t mean that America has a smaller penis than Japan (even though Japanese men do have small penises, but that is besides the point.)
Get over it people, there is nothing wrong with making friends.
[Via Yahoo News