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Out of his depth

Does Obama’s handshake/bow to the Japanese emperor remind anyone else of a high school kid clowning for the camera in a yearbook picture?



My first thought was that as a left-liberal he’s demonstrating his reverence for the exotic other.

But your interpretation is funnier.

It’s the protocol/foreign policy equivalent of those CNN reporters that over-pronounce Spanish words. It’s ridiculous. He really hates his country and loves driving it off the cliff.

It’s like making a big show of overpronouncing a foreign word in the middle of a public ceremony when you don’t have the slightest idea how the word’s pronounced and no interest in finding out. That does seem like some variety of juvenile clowning.

Rem tene, verba sequentur.