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Thursday, April 09, 2009

Current events

This from AP this morning:
Obama declines to answer question on piracy

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has declined to answer a question about the hostage situation off the coast of Somalia.

The president was asked about the incident as he met with U.S. homeowners about refinancing mortgages. At the close of a Roosevelt Room event, the president was asked by a reporter if he were concerned about the piracy incident.

Obama responded: "Guys, we're talking about housing right now."

Reporters were then ushered out of the room as they usually are after such events.

Obama has yet to comment publicly on the incident.

Close to the last year of Jimmy Carter's presidency, 52 American diplomats were taken hostage. Jimmy couldn't do anything useful about it. The rest is history.

Now we are within 100 days of a new presidency, there is already one American cargo ship captain held hostage. The community organizer guy 66 million Americans voted had the audacity not wanting to talk about it?

Americans, if this is the change you've expected, where is the hope? Count it down, there are 1307 days until the next election.

Meanwhile, in the Amusing department:
See
See Barry

See Barry bow
BOW to that Saudi dude!


A-ha! OBOWma!

Oh no, that was not a bow, according to the White House, just a dipping forward or a plethora of different versions of lie/explanations. Well, see the video below and decide for yourself, pay special attention to the time instants 0.54-0.57 :




Now that you have seen the Obama bow, let's find out what does it mean. Since we don't usually bow, may be it's better to ask what would Japanese people think when they see it? According to wiki.answers:

The etiquette surrounding bowing, including the length and depth of bow, and the appropriate response, is exceedingly complex. For example, if the other person maintains his or her bow for longer than expected (generally about two or three seconds), it is polite to bow again, upon which one may receive another bow in return. This often leads to a long exchange of progressively lighter bows.

Generally speaking, an inferior bows longer, more deeply and more frequently than a superior. A superior addressing an inferior will generally only nod the head slightly, while some superiors may not bow at all and an inferior will bend forward slightly from the waist.

So here's what a Japanese would think: the President of the United Sates of America casts himself as an inferior bow to that l'il Saudi dude as superior who hardly even nod his head. If this does not get you outraged, I don't think there's anything in this world would outrage you and you should have absolutely no right to criticize George W. Bush from now on no matter what. GWB had never embarrassing or insulting his country and people like that!

Update:

Here's another illuminating Youtube called "A Tale of Two Bows" that shows you more clearly what this guy currently occupying the U.S. Presidency's incredible real face:


Wake up America!

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