Ok. I finally took the initiative and watched the infamous video in which President Obama, according to the White House, did not bow to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. Having viewed the evidence myself, I don’t see how anyone could possibly call it anything else but a bow.
Barack Obama, at least at this point, is the single most powerful individual on the planet. Militarily and financially despite America’s current economic situation. Regardless of whether I agree with his political views (I don’t) and whether I voted for him or not (I didn’t), the President of the most powerful, prosperous, benevolent, and free country in the world shouldn’t bow to anyone.
That’s not to say he shouldn’t respect leaders of others countries. He should. But to bow to the King of a country that doesn’t allow religious freedom, where Christians are persecuted by “religious police”, women don’t have equal rights to men, and the men and women who serve in our military and protect this country aren’t allowed to have a Bible is asinine, to say the least. Let’s not forget that the majority of the 9/11 hijackers were from the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
This apology tour, as some have dubbed it, has been disheartening. I’ve heard it said that never in the history of our world has there been a country with so much power that exercised such restraint. We have, on more than one occasion, fought in wars that had we lost would have completely altered life as we know it, and we did it willingly. With a heavy, heavy cost. All in the name of freedom for men everywhere. And for my president to bow to a king who tramples on the very liberties that countless men and women, American men and women, have died to preserve is insulting and a slap square in the face. Not to mention their families and every man and woman serving now. It may seem trivial to some but to me it is an absolute shame.