“IF I see another king, I think I shall bite him,” Teddy Roosevelt once growled. Offered that opportunity with the Japanese equivalent last week, Bill Clinton turned out to have had quite something else in mind.
It wasn’t a bow, exactly. But Mr. Clinton came close. He inclined his head and shoulders forward, he pressed his hands together. It lasted no longer than a snapshot, but the image on the South Lawn was indelible: an obsequent President, and the Emperor of Japan.
Waiting for Little Green Footballs to find a screen shot of Bush bowing to the Emperor.
And Robert Gibbs to deny it was a bow.
And the nutroots to say it’s all good.
Update: Some more on the photo, from The Purple Center.