President Obama clearly bowed to Japanese Emperor Akihito as Empress Michiko looks on. And some have said that this sign of deference was completely inappropriate for a President of the United States. I, for one, totally disagree. I believe that this sign of respect shows strength and confidence of America power rather than its decline.
There is always a question regarding how responsive any American leader should be to a foreign dignitary. Or about how culturally sensitivity they should be. A veil over the head? Covering of the arms? The holding of hands? Kissing on the cheek? These are all done, or not done, in various places around the world. Should we care about that? I say we should!
One of the problems that we have had is the arrogance that we have shown around the world. Somehow, we have decided that we should not bend, or bow, and everybody else . . . should. Really?
Would it not be better, and smarter, to find some place in the middle or to at least acknowledge each other's differences? Isn't this exactly what President Obama did?
Congratulations, Mr. President. You make me proud!