I have to share something about a picture I have seen in the news (not the main stream news) which makes me uneasy. I had a weird dream about it last night. It is a picture taken at the G20, President Obama bows down to the Saudi king with bowed head and bended knee. You might think, ‘hey, he just likes the Saudi king’ or ‘he just pays respect to a monarch’.
But considering protocol, a leader or civilian does not bow to foreign monarchs, because that act signified the monarch's power over his subjects. It is not fitting for an American president to bow down to any monarch. Saudi Arabia is not a democracy, doesn’t stand for human rights and many other things which is far from American standard and values. All the attendances of the G20 shacked hands and the American president bows down, full, for the Saudi king. He greeted the English Queen quite informal, so it is not a misunderstanding on about how to address a monarch….
It makes me weary… Is there really something significant changing in this world? What do Americans think about this?
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