You know I keep waiting for Obama to yank off his rubber mask and here it was little Georgie Bush under there all along. I'm seeing less and less differences between them all the time, only the rhetoric is different. The pogroms against the poor still stand, only better concealed under Obama. If Obama was actually announcing what he was allowing or having his congress do there ought to be riots - I'm always ready to riot - I was even arrested for "inciting a riot" once!
Left wing/Right wing under the rhetoric it's all the same. I had HOPE that this time it would be different since I had never before believed in the possibility of America CHANGEing into a decent government when I voted for Obama. I've been trying to wash the guilt of taking part in this democracy charade ever since as the reality of it all surfaces under the rhetoric.
As far as the bowing to the saudi prince that's a custom as is handshaking here I think it's silly to even mention such a thing. But they do have 24 hours of news time to fill... As a politician/diplomat you have to do all that stuff to avoid making too much of an **** out of yourself in the country you're pandering to. Can you imagine if he gave the saudi prince an unwelcome massage like Bush did the German chancellor? Now THAT would be an international incident!
Anyway, Obama is not the first US diplomat/pres to be in the middle east. Don't forget all those photos of a slap happy Donald Rumsfeld, Richard Cheney and others hanging out with Saddam Hussein. And they can't seem to keep Jimmy Carter outta the middle east for more than a few months at a time.