When President Obama goes overseas, he bows to almost every leader he can find, so is it too much to ask that somebody return the favor over here? Obama seems to be trying to elicit one with this condescending doozy:
Obama and First Lady Michelle personally received Singh, the first State Guest of the 10-month-old Obama Administration, and his wife Gursharan Kaur at the White House.
“Yours is the first official state visit of my presidency, its fitting that you and India be so recognised,” 48-year-old Obama told the 77-year-old Indian leader.
Translation: “For the love of God, pal, bow to me to show everybody I’m not the only leader who does that!”
In the verbal sense, Obama all but grabbed Singh at the waist and head and forced him to prostrate before him. Singh didn’t bite. Nice try though, Mr. President.
Kevin Williamson at NRO notes:
The general reaction in India has been: Who the heck does this guy think he is?
This arrogant, patronizing greeting has obviously made many people in India Sikh to their stomachs.