Jack Tapper reports on Barack Obama's awkward, inappropriate bow to Emperor Akihito of Japan:
"Obama's handshake/forward lurch was so jarring and inappropriate it recalls Bush's back-rub of Merkel.
"Kyodo News is running his appropriate and reciprocated nod and shake with the Empress, certainly to show the president as dignified, and not in the form of a first year English teacher trying to impress with Karate Kid-level knowledge of Japanese customs.
"The bow as he performed did not just display weakness in Red State terms, but evoked weakness in Japanese terms....The last thing the Japanese want or need is a weak looking American president and, again, in all ways, he unintentionally played that part"
How dare the Japanese interpret his bow thusly? Have they ever lived "overseas" the way Barack Obama has? Are they African-America, did they overcome the hardships he has in order to become The One?
Personally, I think Obama was hoping for a bow in return. All this fainting in college auditoriums is nice, but it's not the same as having a world leader lower himself before you....