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[–] Alpha_Voat_Protecter 0 points 49 points (+49|-0) ago 

Obama's bow would be expected in Japanese culture if it was some low-ranking plebian randomly being granted an audience with a top-ranking official that they heavily respected.

Trump's stance is much more applicable for two leaders who both respect the other's country while loving their own.

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[–] Norm85 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago 

Bows by a person of inferior status are deeper, longer, and more frequent than bows by a superior. A superior addresses an inferior generally with a slight nod of the head; some others may not bow back at all. Apologetic bows tend to be deeper and longer than all the other kinds of bow. The back is bent for about 45 degrees, the bow lasts for more than three seconds, and the head is lowered.

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[–] Apathy 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago 

Obama looks like he's giving it 110% going for that 20 degree bow.

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[–] Alpha_Voat_Protecter 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

So even by Japanese standards, Obama's 90 degree bow was beyond excessive. Confirms that he only wanted to run around and become the entire world's bitch.

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[–] Sm4sh 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I'd buy the argument that it's an expected bow if and only if Shinto Abe bowed to Obama too. Abe didn't bow to him. That was just Obama being a pussy yet again. If anything, Trump's slight nod is almost exactly the same thing Shinto Abe did to Obama.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0mZfpOfQYc

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[–] Alpha_Voat_Protecter 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Never said Obama's bow was expected, just using my limited understanding of that aspect of their culture to show off why it made no goddamn sense for the leader of a 1st-world nation to bow that low to the Japanese leaders.

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[–] Titus-of-Voat 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I thought she got up late and didn't get a chance to change out of her pajamas.

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[–] con77 1 points 26 points (+27|-1) ago 

God! I fucking hate obama so much!

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[–] hels 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

Handshake + Bow = Stupid Tourist Demeanor.

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[–] WhiteRonin 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

  1. True but thought as courteous if done properly.

  2. Yes and no in this situation. Many world leaders wear those Indonesian shirts.

  3. That Obama bow is even lower than Hirohito's when the US bombed the fuck out of them. Obama's bow did make the emperor smile upon him like he was in kindergarten.

  4. Wrong. Today's etiquette is bow business card exchange and for a foreigner a handahake. To the emperor ... Hmmm ... As a foreigner a hand shake and bow is ok .... I would only hand shake in this shandshake. Also only hand shake at all state levels would be best. To kiss ass I'd bow out of respect. This is an art to nail correctly and multiple calculations are used.

Obama was 9000 levels of dog licking balls weak here.

He did makenthe emperor giggle which is impressive in a bad way.

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[–] Buff_Awesome 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

If he wanted to bow, that's fine, but you don't bow that far down. You look like a clueless tourist.

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[–] TheWheelofTime 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

Was Michelle standing behind Obama when he was sticking his ass up in the air like that? Head down ass up that's the way we like to...you get the idea.

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[–] Maroonsaint 3 points -3 points (+0|-3) ago 

Rape children

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[–] bourbonexpert 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

love this pic! it speaks 1000 words

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[–] BurnItAll 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

That rampant cultural appropriation by Obama. Fucking racist.

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