President Obama’s bow to the Japanese Emperor — which made him come across like a guy who learned everything he knows about Japanese culture by once reading the back of a Benihana menu and watching ninja movies during the plane ride to Tokyo — made him look rather foolish and weak.

But we’re told now that it’s not unprecedented, because Bill Clinton bowed down a bit when he met the Japanese Emperor in 1994 — but I personally think Bubba was only checking to make sure his fly was zipped (it was a long flight).

No other world leaders bowed to the Japanese Emperor, and Bill Kristol surmises that Sarah Palin wouldn’t have either — she wouldn’t even have curtsied:

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