A senior Whitehouse official defending President Barack Obama claimed he was observing protocol when he bowed to Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko upon arriving at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Saturday.

I guess the other leaders of the world failed to “observe protocol.”

Pictures speak louder than 1000 words: Was Obama Simply Following Protocol? You Decide.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert

King of Morrocco

King of Morrocco

Dick Cheney

Dick Cheney

Prime Minister of Slovenia

Prime Minister of Slovenia

President South Korea

President South Korea

President Kazakhistan

President Kazakhistan

Prime Minister India

Prime Minister India

Vladimir Putin of Russia

Vladimir Putin of Russia

President Obama

President Obama

President Barack Obama’s bow to the Japanese emperor Saturday following his bow to the Saudi Arabian monarch in April is creating a humiliating new precedent. Until Obama, no president of the United States in the more than 230 years since the country was founded in 1776 had ever bowed to a member of royalty.

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