Now, either almost everyone who saw it was delusional, or we truly have an arrogant lot in The White House that believes they can change reality just because they say so.
The White House is denying that the president bowed to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia at a G-20 meeting in London, a scene that drew criticism on the right and praise from some Arab outlets. “It wasn’t a bow. He grasped his hand with two hands, and he’s taller than King Abdullah,” said an Obama aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
As Chris Rock cited a wife who caught her husband cheating, “You know you did it. Just admit it.!”
The Washington Times called the alleged bow a “shocking display of fealty to a foreign potentate” and said it violated centuries of American tradition of not deferring to royalty. The Weekly Standard, meanwhile, noted that American protocol apparently rules out bowing, or at least it reportedly did on the occasion of a Clinton “near-bow” to the emperor of Japan.
Interestingly, a columnist in the Saudi-backed Arabic paper Asharq Alawsat also took the gesture as a bow and appreciated the move.
So I guess the Pittsburgh Steelers will not have won the Super Bowl (despite the fact we all saw it on television) if The White House said it didn’t happen. Is that how it works now?