Re: Calling Names
- From: Bill Baka <bbaka@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2009 07:21:02 -0700
Norma, I am surprised that you feel so strongly about a silly social faux pas like that. But you are of course, entitled to your own feelings about it.
I certainly don't think Obama meant to appear to be genuflecting, or anything like it. I think he was being simply being respectful to the source of nearly ALL our oil, and reaching out to shake the hand of a shorter man than he is. I have watched the clip a couple of times and I just don't 'get' the fuss.
It seems to me that Americans and westerners in general are overly sensitive about bowing. In Asia, one bows to ones teacher, grandparent, religious teacher, even a friend or business acquaintance. It is a nice gesture. It is about as big a deal as the kisses the French bestow on both cheeks.
They need to be reminded of the phrase "When in Rome, do as the Romans do." If he is in their country the rules are theirs, if they are in our country they should defer to our rules.
I think that Obama shows humility and genuineness wherever he goes. We had a nearly despotic former president and the world knows it. We have lost face in the eyes of the world NOT from Obama's social actions, but from 8 years of horrible governance and total lack of diplomatic presence.
Right on the money. It took Bush II 8 years to screw up the whole world economy and Obama can't turn it around in only 3 months. If we are in the same situation 4 years down the road, that would be a sign of either missing the point or that Bush has done irreparable damage.
It is pretty obvious the Republicans are sore losers, since they would rather trash Obama than fix the economy. I don't think Obama had a clue about just how nasty Republicans can be.
The man is doing a damned good job in such a short time. He has the proverbial "tough row to hoe" having inherited not only a diplomatic nightmare, but a fiscal one as well. We are STILL embroiled in two unpopular wars to boot.
He is drawing on the best minds in the country, trying his best to fix it all at once.
We are a country that is famous for devouring its icons. We tear them to shreds in the media, and everybody is a critic. I find it a less than admirable trait. We dig and delve into their personal lives and rake them over the coals for every perceived faux pas.
Let the guy live for heaven's sake. We elected him fair and square and he is doing a damned decent job...... trying to plug up all the leaks of this ship of state,.... all at once.
I wish him luck, because this is a Republican made mess.
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