Barack Obama - Bowing to the King

Last Updated : Apr 20, 2010


In the final days of the G20 summit of April 2009, the leaders of the nations attending the event were gathering for a photo opportunity.  As each leader arrived they were informally introduced into the room and greeted by the other dignitaries.  When President Obama entered the room, he proceeded to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia and bowed while holding his hand.  The bow was not a simple nod of formality or recognition.  The President's upper torso was at a 90 degree angle with his lower torso, and he holds that position for almost a full second as seen in the video below.


White House Response

At a press conference on April 9, 2009, Dan Lothian asked White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs to clarify the event.  The following exchange took place:



[1] Website: Huffington Post Article: Obama "Bow" To Saudis: CNN Reporter Asks White House To Clarify Author: NA Accessed on: 04/20/2010

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