News photos of President Barack Obama bowing to Japan's emperor have incensed critics here, who said the US leader should stand tall when representing America overseas.
Yes, like when John Wayne was our president. It's a shameful act to use the customary cultural greeting when meeting the Emperor of one of our allies. Real men shake hands and shake hands only.
"I don't know why President Obama thought that was appropriate. Maybe he thought it would play well in Japan. But it's not appropriate for an American president to bow to a foreign one," said conservative pundit William Kristol.
He almost blew him, for God's sake!
Another conservative voice, Bill Bennett, said on CNN's "State of the Union" program: "It's ugly. I don't want to see it."
I'll cut my eyes out before I witness such horror! What kind of leader would lower himself to customary greetings practiced by other nations?
What? No skipping?