It’s a little annoying that nearly every media outlet is commenting on Obama bowing to the Japanese emperor, but it makes sense. I don’t think it’s about the bow itself as much as its about the body language and his history of using the same kind of body language in other situations.
When you watch him standing in line for photo ops with other world leaders, he looks like a scared puppy. I think the dog similarity is good to make this point: If world leaders were a pack of wild dogs, by cowering before them, apologizing for America, and otherwise being a weak and timid voice representing our country, he would NOT be the “alpha dog”. By dog-training standards, him doing that begs for another dog to step up and take charge.
At this time in our history do we want to have another world leader take charge? A lot of countries have been meeting to back away from the US dollar as a monetary standard, a lot of countries blame us for the economic crisis, and despite backing out of the war in Iraq, we are still the “leader” in that fight.
More than any other time in recent history, it is dangerous for a US president to be weak. At least “locally” I think Chavez is the leader that will step up, and that is a frightening thing.
Michelle Malkin had a good bit on Obama’s bowing complete with a pictorial showing other leaders who did not bow: