Obama: A Humble Leader Worthy of His Great Nation: Al-Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Was it a bow or just good manners? The blogosphere is bursting with debate over whether President Obama diminished his stature by appearing to bow to the King of Saudi Arabia at the G20 summit. As for the Saudis, the act was just another reflection of President Obama’s well-earned respect.

According to this op-ed article from Saudi Arabia’s Al-Riyadh newspaper, Obama’s act of respect to someone older than he reflects not only his policy of breaking with the prior administration’s ‘pattern of diplomatic false pride,’ it shows that he is worthy of leading the greatest nation on earth.

For Al-Riyadh, Yusuf Al Kuwayleet writes in part:

“He has shown a sense of national duty that reflects the true image of America – an America that seeks to settle its differences with the world and develop cooperation and partnership without arrogance and talk of the use of force.”

“His diplomacy is an attempt to bring people together and provide transparency to diplomacy, rather than seeing the world as hostile until proven otherwise, or accepting as friends and allies only those who are blind and frightened followers. … Perhaps the bow at his meeting with the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah, was incorrectly explained, but the act did nothing to diminish his standing as president of the most important nation.”

By Yusuf Al Kuwayleet

Translated By Nicolas Dagher

April 7, 2009

Saudi Arabia – Al Riyadh – Original Article (Arabic)
Barack Obama is a new American phenomenon. He hasn’t violated or failed to abide by even a single protocol. Not overwhelmed by pride over post World War II America or its global dominance after the demise of the Soviet Union, he is the new face. He has shown a sense of national duty that reflects the true image of America – an America that seeks to settle its differences with the world and develop cooperation and partnership without arrogance and talk of the use of force. We have seen this in the renewal of Europe’s alliance with the superpower, the nurturing of ties with Asia and the Islamic World, and the pride felt in Africa over the character of a man of their race, who has reached the most powerful position in the world. All of these qualities have won President Obama admiration, rather than the suspicion that destroyed America’s reputation during the two terms of Bush the younger.

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  1. Obama’s act of respect to someone older than he reflects not only his policy of breaking with the prior administration’s ‘pattern of diplomatic false pride,’ it shows that he is worthy of leading the greatest nation on earth

    I am speechless. The lunacy of those who became George W. Bush's opponents in the name of something I dont even reckonize anymore is beyond words anymore. The extents that they are going to these days as their president wipes his ass with the constitution daily by hiring and firing private citizens is mindboggling.

    Mindboggling.

  2. He may have bowed, but when he stood back up again he was a head taller than those men, and they know it.

    When you're packing the US military in your back pocket, you don't have to go around being a drunken cowboy with pistols drawn and a red face everywhere you go.

    Showing respect is the mark of power, not weakness; a gentle and quiet power. In fact, it's common knowledge than men who thump their chests and use hostile body language are afraid and on the defense.

    So Obama, once again, has shown a cool head and his quiet humble power, and it's winning friends.

    Now wait for the right to jump in and tell us this means “the end of America as we know it”…lol..those crazy lovable lunatics.

  3. you don't have to go around being a drunken cowboy with pistols drawn and a red face everywhere you go.

    Fallacy to deface Bush. Bush stretched the constitution to keep people alive. Obama is breaking his oath to protect and defend the constitution by hiring and firing anyone who accepts federal money. A sheer and unadulterated breech of the seperation of powers and something that no where in the constitution is he granted this authority.

    Whats good for the goose is good for the gander. Obama is making Bush look like Marshall Dillion while Obama and company are jesse james and the hole in the wall gang when it comes to trampling on our constitution.

  4. Braindead said:

    “stretched the constitution”?!

    You must've been living in a different dimension than I was the last 8 years. Yet, Obama has broken his oath because he persuaded 1 incompetent CEO to resign from his near-bankrupt company in order to get more Federal money? Either it's April Fool's Day again, your handle is oddly apropos or you're a brilliant snarker impersonating a Bush disciple…I still haven't determined which of those is correct.

  5. Obama is the leader of our nation as such he is recommended to show courtesy
    (Well-mannered behavior toward others). This is a guild line not a requirement however and bowing of knee and showing deference (obedience, compliance) to another is absolutely against all we as a nation stand for. We constantly hear those saying how proud we are of our service men and women who have given all but then we see our President humble himself to a monarch. We as a people lost 27,500 souls during our revolution to obtain our freedom from a monarch so insure that our children never every had to bend a knee to another person ever again now we have a President does not respect those loses. I am angered by this false man.

  6. I like the word “snarker”…lol…

    Obama bowed because that is the custom of muslims to show deference to an elder man. I think that was the reason stated. If that's the case, he was sending a message that “americans don't hate or denigrate you muslims” and that is true, we don't.

    When your in someone else's house, you take off your shoes as a precaution in case they really don't care for people soiling their nice carpets. It's called courtesy. Like I said, Obama is packing the US military, he doesn't need to flex. In fact, if strategy called for it he could even opt to roll around on the floor and piss on himself. Ultimately foreign dignitaries know what backs him up. And so, like a gentleman, he bowed.

    Get over it.

  7. You are not coherent. I need a translator to figure out what it is you are trying to say.

  8. This whole flap cracks me up. We have bowed down and outright worshiped at the shrine of petroleum for decades, since Reagan took down the solar panels on the Whitehouse and trashed Carter's fuel efficiency standards, which if they had remained in force would have eliminated our need for ANY Middle East oil decades and many billions of dollars ago.

    So now the “right” (whatever the hell that is) rails against Obama for, well anything they can. But Obama has spoken eloquently about our need to reduce dependence on foreign oil and his policies reflect that. Whatever the *appearance* of his demeanor toward other world leaders, his *actions* are taking us in exactly the opposite direction of our past acceptance of the USA as a supplicant to foreign oil interests.

    Braindead, you're not much of a capitalist, are you? We the people are now the major shareholder in some auto companies. It is our right to replace nonperforming leadership in those companies to protect our investment. Obama is our representative now. What part of shareholder rights and responsibilities don't you understand? I'll try to explain it.

    And Bush, by the way, is responsible for more American dead than bin Laden. By over 150% to date, plus tens of thousands maimed, suicidal or otherwise damaged. All for a war of choice based on premeditated lies (see Downing St memo).

  9. >>Either it's April Fool's Day again, your handle is oddly apropos or you're a brilliant snarker impersonating a Bush disciple…I still haven't determined which of those is correct.<<

    I've started to come to that conclusion as well. Brain dead's arguments are so nonsensical and over-the-top that about the only logical conclusion is that someone is trying to pull our collective legs with a parody persona. If you read everything he writes realizing he's not serious, and that it's all supposed to be taken as a joke, then it makes so much more sense.

  10. Sil, your comment that began, “He may have bowed, but when he stood back up again he was a head taller than those men, and they know it….”

    Great observations and comments. I always thought Bush had some insecurity to overcome and had to put on a swagger and attitude as a cover-up.

    True power (and the true respect that follows) does not need to beat people over the head, or hide behind secrets. When a country (or person) is powerful they act responsibly. Not like some common school yard bully or thug like Bush.

  11. Plenty of ways to show respect without resorting to bowing before a foreign King. It was a mistake but not a big deal if it doesn't happen again.

  12. Anna so in your world its okay to just piss on the constitution a few times if you agree with what the president did?

    See thats how politics works. If you guy is the one pissing on the constitution its “OH MY GAWD” we must deflect it to BUSH so that people dont really see that our guy is doing the same thing that their guy did.

    The number of things Obama has already done that violates the constitution is already remarkable. The only difference is that its “YOUR” guy doing it. Therefore its okay.

    Now quick…….throw out some trash on Bush to hide the fact that Obama is wiping his butt with the constitution. Quick…….Blame Bush now. Quick.

  13. Bush walked through the blue-bonnets holding hands with, and even kissing, (as is the custom in the Middle East) the very same monarch to whom Obama politely bowed—as is the custom also.

    However, drawing any further inferences as to Obama's motives, his patriotism, his respect for America, or anything similar would be akin to calling Bush gay for his handholding and kissing.

    And before you angrily tap those keyboards, this is nothing against gays or lesbians—you have seen my strong defense for gays and lesbians.

    It is just meant to illustrate a point.

  14. “Showing respect is the mark of power, not weakness; a gentle and quiet power.”

    Very well said, Sil.

  15. Alright Braindead….I'll bite.

    Please list here for all to see how you think “Obama is wiping his butt with the constitution” other than the GM CEO resignation. Maybe airing your grievances will make you feel better. Is it alright to have the airing of grievances when it's not Festivus? ;-) (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Festivus)

  16. braindead either can't read or ignores points that don't support his twisted worldview. Obama has done nothing unconstitutional. As I pointed out above:

    “We the people are now the major shareholder in some auto companies. It is our right to replace nonperforming leadership in those companies to protect our investment. Obama is our representative now. What part of shareholder rights and responsibilities don't you understand?”

    Let me emphasize that for you BD. GM has a market cap (share price X number of outstanding shares) of $1.25 billion. GM asked for $26 billion, far far more than the value of all their stock. We have every right to call some shots and hold them accountable for their pathetic mismanagement.

     Add to that the FACT that Obama didn't fire anyone. He convinced the CEO to resign. Anyone, anytime, anywhere in America has the right to convince another to do or not to do something.

    I know I won't convince you, and don't care. For others reading this thread, “Braindead” is just plain wrong about this issue and looking like a real financial noob and worse than weak on constitutional law.

  17. wow!! the president of the united states bowing down to The House of Saud Monachy and to Mecca. I guess the women,children,mothers,fathers,husbands,wifes,infants are resting in peace under 60 feet of dirt in their graves in the world trade center thanking Obama for finally asking the forgivness of the house of Saud and Islam and also the magificent 19 plane hijackers who were all saudis.
    Now Obama needs to make america and look towards MECCA. The queen of england got a nod and House of Saud got a DEEEP Bow and respect. Pity the USA

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