So here is the lame defense that the Obama aides have come up with to explain away to Ben Smith of Politico what anyone can tell was a bow.
"It wasn't a bow. He grasped his hand with two hands, and he's taller than King Abdullah," said an Obama aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.Ed Morrissey took the words right out of my mouth when he wrote on Hot Air, "Who you gonna believe — Obama or your lyin’ eyes?"
As Morrissey points out, President Obama is even taller than Queen Elizabeth, but he didn't feel the need to bow to her. You can view the contrasting videos of his greetings to the two monarchs at Hot Air. Clearly, Obama bowed and it wasn't because of the height difference. When someone is a few inches shorter than you, it is not necessary to bend so deeply so that your head is about even with the guy's own waist in order to greet him. But what is the aide going to say? Obama bowed and there is no nice way to explain it away.
It all makes me wonder who is handling protocol for Obama's interactions with foreign leaders. First there were all the missteps when Gordon Brown came here. Then this. Isn't someone briefing the President on how to greet foreign monarchs? And what gifts to get a visiting head of government? Or is that an office that is unfilled as the posts in Tim Geithner's Treasury?
Given the quiet in the MSM over the Obama bow, it seems that when given the choice of believing an obvious fudging excuse from an Obama aide or their own lying eyes, they have chosen the fudging excuse.