Yes, this is the President of the United States bowing to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. He was the only world leader to do so as only a monarch’s subjects are expected to bow. Do not think he just tripped and was mid-fall when the photo was taken. You can actually see this on video and when you watch it you realize that not only does he do a deep bow at the waste, he also bends his knee!
Why must he take actions that demean the office of the presidency? The President of the United States does not grant interviews to Sunday morning news shows much less late night talk shows. The President of the United States does not grant legitimacy to terrorists by entering into a dialogue with them. The President of the United States does not sign book deals as he prepares to move into the White House.
Few people know that in the eight years of his presidency, Ronald Reagan never entered the Oval Office without a coat and tie. From the beginning, he set out to show America once again “how a President should present his stature and office to the world”. He believed it was incumbent upon him to reflect the seriousness and respect he saw in the honor of his post.
A mere five years later, we would see Bill Clinton in his sweat suit behind the desk in the oval office. If only that had been the most inappropriate behavior Clinton decided to do in there…