Powerline Blog takes President Obama to task for bowing to world leaders, including, most recently, Emperor Akihito of Japan.
Personally, I don’t find President Obama bowing to be particularly offensive — I know he’s trying to show he appreciates the culture. Good on him for that: I haven’t read what the Japanese are saying about it, but I’m sure it went over well. Assuming he bows like that to Lee Myung-bak, I’m guessing it will play well here, too (caveat: this is NOT always the case). Whether, as the leader of what most people would agree is the senior partner in a bilateral alliance, he should be bowing is another issue.
UPDATE: At American Thinker, Thomas Lifson notes that Obama really could have used a crash course on Japanese bowing. He also links to photos of other world leaders greeting Emperor Akihito sans bow, including our very own President Lee Myung-bak.