Shame Does Not Exist In This Dojo, Does It? No, Sensei!

Over at ABC, Jake Tapper blogs about President Obama’s inappropriate and so-stupid-it’s-insulting bow to Japanese Emperor Akihito.

Tapper quotes a friend of his, an academic with knowledge of Japanese customs, and a supporter of Obama:

“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.

It’s good to see that even the Japanese press is covering for him by not running the picture.

Hot Air has more.

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