As Western Journalism reported, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia died on Friday after nearly two decades in power.
This is the same man Obama was photographed and videotaped bowing to in 2009 at a G-20 meeting in London. The scene caused instant controversy, or praise, depending on which side of the aisle viewers saw it.
“It wasn’t a bow. He grasped his hand with two hands, and he’s taller than King Abdullah,” an Obama aide said.
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According to Politico, columnist Muhammad Diyab, who writes for Saudi-backed Arabic paper Asharq Alawsat, viewed the gesture as a bow and one of respect and appreciation.
The Washington Times also saw the gesture as a bow, indicating that by bowing, Obama showed “greater respect to Islam,” thereby “belittling the power and independence of the United States.”