Conservatives Say President Obama Bent Protocol By Bowing

04.09.09 | FL News Team

Was it a bow or a bend? That is the question buzzing about President Obama's extend-from-the-waist greeting for Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah at the G-20 summit last week. It came as heads of state were lining up for a class photo with Queen Elizabeth.

An anonymous presidential aide told Politico.com there was no bow. The aide said Obama, "grasped his hand with two hands, and he's taller than King Abdullah." Nonsense, say conservative pundits. They saw a bow, period.

The Washington Times made a point of noting that, "Such an act is a traditional obeisance befitting a king's subjects, not his peer."