The non-bow finally became subject of inquiry at the WH briefing

LOTHIAN: When the President met with King Abdullah, there was something that took place which I believe the White House explained was just the president being taller than the king. We took a look at the video, and it does appear that the president actually bowed to King Abdullah. Did he bow or didn’t he?

GIBBS: No, I think he bent over with both, to shake — with both hands to shake his hand, so I don’t–

LOTHIAN: — one hand —

At this point the “old news” strategy was attempted

LOTHIAN: Did he bow or didn’t he?

GIBBS: No. But I think this meeting was like a week ago, right?

Then the moral superiority / distraction meme was used

GIBBS: I can only imagine it is of great cause and concern for many people struggling with the economy.

Kinda like my grandmother scolding me for not eating “when babies die of hunger in Africa”. Anyway at this point I would have asked about the bow to the bankers

it’s funny how GM is being treated as a ward of the state, even though it hasn’t formally declared bankruptcy, in a way that AIG — which is 80% government-owned! — is not.

or better yet, about the war spending

President Barack Obama asked Congress Thursday for $83.4 billion in new contingency funds to maintain U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and ramp up spending in conjunction with Pakistan to counter the Taliban threat to the Afghan government.

If people struggling with the economy are so damn important.

In other news Obama, experienced enough to run a campaign and be installed as POTUS is not deemed ready for an honorary degree from ASU where he is delivering an address

“Arizona State says it has specific rules for recognizing academic achievement and Obama’s ‘body of work is yet to come.”

David Brooks has once a hilarious article like that

Obama likes to speak of the future because that’s where his accomplishments reside.

That’s what is scaring me.

P.S. One more thing: whatever Bush did or the RNC does is NOT a valid explanation/excuse for Obama’s actions.


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