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Old 08-19-2016, 12:06 PM
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He is briefed on protocol, but he's respectful in his own way. It's classy all the way.
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Old 08-19-2016, 06:18 PM
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I honestly don't understand the big deal about President Obama bowing to Japan and Saudi Arabia. I mean, certainly it was a gaffe in protocol, but he has always been utterly respectful and classy when he meets with foreign heads of state. I would much rather my president err on the side of respect than to insult someone.

QEII slipped her arm about Michelle Obama's waist when they were first introduced. Was that a disgraceful thing for HM to do?

Would it have been okay if President Obama had bowed low to...say... King Haakon of Norway instead of to the Arab or Japanese royalty?

President Bush was photographed walking around his ranch in Crawford Texas holding hands with an Arab sheik for crying out loud.

I think Obama would probably face impeachment if he had been spotted strolling around the Rose Garden doing that.

I agree with Dman. President Obama is a gracious classy man and was unaware of proper protocol. He should have been better coached by the State Dept or his Chief of Protocol.
The people complaining are Americans who think their president bowing to Anyone, is subservient not respectful. For people who think Obama is President of 90 countries (so called self-proclaimed leaders of the free world ) it is confusing.

Now who is making it about race He shook hands with a sheikh?? So???

I guess Obama has been impeached. He has shaken hands with plenty

Not rose gardens but Camp David (CP of Saudi Arabia)
Obama Arab Summit.JPEG-04b5f.jpg - Washington Times

Better get impeaching, here he goes again
Obama vows to 'stand by' Gulf allies amid concern over Iran threat | Reuters


The difference, a handshake, hug, nod are acknowledgement to equals. A bow is a sign of obedience.

Not saying I Agree, simply understand why some find their president bowing to royal unnerving.

Our PM, who she is his superior directly, only nods
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Old 08-19-2016, 06:54 PM
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Interesting conversation here. This is some information that I've dug up pertaining to Obama's bowing to the Emperor Akihito in 2009. Comes as a quote from the Office of the Chief of Protocol.

"The Office of the Chief of Protocol, working closely with the White House, provides advice on protocol matters for Presidential travel abroad. Protocol, in general, is about respecting the customs and traditions of a host country. The President was simply showing respect."

There is a breach of etiquette in this photo though and no one has noticed it.

"So did President Obama violate protocol? Well, yes, but not by bowing. He made the mistake of both shaking hands and bowing at the same time, a big breach of etiquette. The truth was that he was supposed to choose one or the other."

http://www.politico.com/blogs/laurar...n_the_bow.html

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2...evisited/?_r=0
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Old 08-19-2016, 07:11 PM
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That's all he's done, show respect to other countries traditions and customs. I would do the same.
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Old 08-20-2016, 11:53 AM
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The President knows about protocol, Pranter. He's advised on this stuff on a regular bases. If there was a real problem with him doing it, he wouldn't be doing it. He's simply paying homage to the customs of the country he's visiting. He doesn't not have to do it, but that's the kind of guy he is. The man has too much class for people to understand.

I may not be President, but if I ever met The Queen, I will bow my head. I would even bow my head before the President. It's all about showing some respect for a Head of State in your own personal way.

There are people who curtsey before the President and some who bow. There some who even hug, kiss him and sometimes pick him up.

Of course he knows protocol. That is not the issue here. The issue is he knows it and ignores it.

It really doesn't matter what you, private citizen, does when you might meet a head of state. What matters is when the leader of the country (and those who work for him) do when they meet them.

I don't see how it is 'classy' to ignore protocol and just do whatever you want.

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Old 08-20-2016, 12:15 PM
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I'm going to stray off topic and just say that I think this discussion has reached the point where people are not convincing one another of anything and are going to continue to disagree. It's a lively and deep discussion but it now is treading water.
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In the Scrabble dictionary the definition of "curtsy" is "to bow politely."


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Old 08-22-2016, 12:03 AM
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Of course he knows protocol. That is not the issue here. The issue is he knows it and ignores it.

It really doesn't matter what you, private citizen, does when you might meet a head of state. What matters is when the leader of the country (and those who work for him) do when they meet them.

I don't see how it is 'classy' to ignore protocol and just do whatever you want.

LaRae
He's not ignoring it. He's allowed to greet some of these leaders with their countries traditions. He also don't do it all the time. He just met up with The Queen this year and he didn't do a gentleman bow.
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Old 08-24-2016, 12:41 PM
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Very nicely done.

I have a little neice who is really into Princesses, Royal Weddings and everything princessy, pretty and girly. When she visits she checks to forums to see what they wear and she asked me how they managed to curtsey without landing on their tush. I came across a delightfully quaint, but right on the money, You Tube lesson on how to curtsey properly. I tried it with her for fun and surprise, surprise, surprise, neither of us fell on our tush!

Nice video.

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Old 09-02-2016, 05:39 PM
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A nice bow for the Infanta Alicia of Spain,Dowager Duchess of Calabria.

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Flavia Hohenlohe y Medina (sister of the late Duke of Medinaceli) curtseys to the King of Spain today.

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Old 09-11-2016, 03:55 PM
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HSH Rainier III bows to Queen Sofia following the enthronement ceremony of King Juan Carlos in 1975.

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CP Masako's curtsey to King Philippe:

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HSH Rainier III bows to Queen Sofia following the enthronement ceremony of King Juan Carlos in 1975.

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I do not understand why he has to bow. He is head of state. She is Queen Consort
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Old 10-11-2016, 02:03 PM
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I do not understand why he has to bow. He is head of state. She is Queen Consort
A personal mark of respect? In ye olde days it was pretty normal to bow or to make a little révérence for "the high lords and ladies". It was normal in the countryside that when the lady from the local castle passed by, gentlemen lifted their hat or cap as a greeting.
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Old 10-11-2016, 02:22 PM
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I do not understand why he has to bow. He is head of state. She is Queen Consort
Well, this hasn´t changed since 1975 at all. Men keep on bowing to Queens, no matter consort or regnant, because they´re "Majesties".

But Pr Rainier would have to bow anyway. Also as a reigning Prince, he´s only a " Serene Highness", which is even more way below ranking than a "Royal Highness" (Princes/ sses, Dukes/ Duchesses). The title of "Majesty" is only held by monarchs, like Kings, Queens and Emperors.
To put it strictly, the british Queen´s granddaughters Princesses Beatrice or Eugenie (Royal Highnesses, Princesses of York) are, by standards of royal etiquette, even higher ranking than the Prince of Monaco!

Being a head of state is not what matters here; no Royal would normally ever bow or curtsey to a republican head of state!
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Thanks @wartenberg7.
So Grand Duc Henri of Luxembourg bows to Queen Maxima despite she is younger. Interesting
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So Grand Duc Henri of Luxembourg bows to Queen Maxima despite she is younger. Interesting
Usually the Grand-Duke simply gives a handkiss: picture. Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume does the same.
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Old 10-12-2016, 09:18 AM
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So Grand Duc Henri of Luxembourg bows to Queen Maxima despite she is younger. Interesting
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But Pr Rainier would have to bow anyway. Also as a reigning Prince, he´s only a " Serene Highness", which is even more way below ranking than a "Royal Highness" (Princes/ sses, Dukes/ Duchesses). The title of "Majesty" is only held by monarchs, like Kings, Queens and Emperors.
To put it strictly, the british Queen´s granddaughters Princesses Beatrice or Eugenie (Royal Highnesses, Princesses of York) are, by standards of royal etiquette, even higher ranking than the Prince of Monaco!
i don't think this is right.

the grand duke is the head of state and does not bow/curtsy to other royal head of state or his consort - whatever his title may be. it is true that things are a bit altered at the british court, but for the other courts i would never expect a head of state with a title other than king/emperror to have to curtsy to one of the latter.

proof is that there are no pictures of in the grand duke (or prince albert) in his many royal encounters bowing to other reigning monarchs. grand duchess maria teresa has never seen curtsying to other monarchs either, and there were recent visits by for example the netherlands or belgium to luxembourg.

see here for example:

grand duchess maria teresa greets queen sofia with a kiss

there have been odd instances, for example when charlene curtsied to the queen. i think that was just a sign of respect on charlene's part to someone who is older and much more experienced in the role than she was when that took place. she didn't have to, but won brownie points in my head for doing so.

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Usually the Grand-Duke simply gives a handkiss: picture. Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume does the same.
i think that is just the grand duke's way of being chivalrous. other royals do so too, both to royals and non-royals.

felipe greeting a non-royal with a handkiss
juan carlos doing the same
felipe greeting mrs. obama, wife of a head of state, with a handkiss
juan carlos hand kissing sheikha mozah
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I have to find the video but when the Duchess of Cambridge arrived at the private villa of the King, she made a révérence to him.
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