Bearman Cartoon: Obama bows to Emperor

It seems the masses are all in an uproar about President Barack Obama bowing a greeting to Japanese Emperor Akihito.  So I have gathered the top 5 reasons Obama did this so you people can get over it.   The last reason is todays editorial cartoon.

  1. He is so tall and Akihito so short, that he HAD to bend down to reach Akihito’s hand.
  2. He got confused by the famous international etiquette book Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands that he tried to do all three at once.
  3. He made the Emperor feel superior on purpose.  How many of you wouldn’t grovel to someone you want to lend money to you or invest in your business(es)?
  4. Friday’s basketball game with the White House motor pool caused his back to go out.

11 17 09 Bearman Cartoon Obama Akihito

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  1. Susi Spice says:


    “upon closer inzpection… this are loafers..”

    oh well its about time the US bent over and took it like it has been giving to other countries for decades… lol

  2. “inzpection” “this are loafers”

    This is exactly why you need us in the drivers seat.

  3. jammer5 says:

    (Might not show up)

  4. nursemyra says:

    Mrs Akihito has pigeon droppings on her shoulders

  5. John K says:

    That people are actually on am uproar about this blows my mind, I mean less folks cared when bush one puked at the emeoror!

    • But alot of people got on Bush 2 for kissing to Saudi Prince. So it goes both ways and they both need to get over it.

      Ha…I totally forgot about Bush 1. Hilarious

  6. George says:

    I thought it was common Japanese practice to bow while meeting someone. Social standing dictates this rule also? This is just as picky as Michelle touching Queen Elizabeth. I would’a given the Emperor some dap and a pound myself and maybe some soul-fist action.

  7. frigginloon says:

    Having lived in Japan for two years it took me forever to stop friggin bowing. Damn catchy habit 🙂

  8. tannerleah says:

    I bow when I am about to rip a huge one. It wouldn’t be the same without some theatrics. And, to be fair, I heard that Barry first asked him to pull his finger but he wouldn’t do it.

  9. Bo Lumpkin says:

    I think you nailed it in the cartoon. You know what a great sense of humor those Japanese have. I’m no Obama fan but even I think they need to give him some slack.

  10. jynksie says:

    A nice sucker punch to the groin always gives the illusion of a proper bow, no?!?

  11. Bowing to the current unelected leader of a country you went some way to nuking to oblivion just over 60 years ago seems bizarre, IMHO.

  12. spilledinkguy says:

    Is there ever a time when custom dictates that the chief executive should stick his/her right foot in, stick his/her right foot out, stick his/her right foot in and then … like … shake it all about?! Just curious. 🙂

  13. Tony says:

    I can’t see the big deal about all of this. Anyway I am thinking that maybe it wasn’t a bow, maybe he just bent down to whisper in his ear something about nuking them into oblivion again if they try & accuse him of bowing.

  14. Sheila Deeth says:

    When in Rome, tie your shoelaces?

  15. Susi Spice says:

    number 7 of why Obama looked like he was bowing to the emeperor of Japan:
    he was checking to see his fly was done up

  16. I’m not bowing. I’m doubled over in laughter!

  17. Danica says:

    Haha! Nice one!

  18. Nice. Its another nontroversy.

  19. bschooled says:

    HAHA! Hilarious Bearman…

    I would have just high-fived him. Seriously, who doesn’t love a high-five?

  20. Doesn’t the media have something better to do? Guess not 🙁

  21. Nef says:

    I agree with bschooled. High five and a quick spank on the left cheek… oh, wait, not that, because he would still have to BOW to reach the emperor’s buttocks.

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