A slap on the back would be more American, yes?

While the usual cable and radio blowhards have apparently been shamed by the etiquette shown by their President  in Japan, David Sanger at The New York Times reminds us of another time, same place.

” . . . reminiscent of another argument over the exact same issue – 20 years ago.

“It was a different president, of course: George H.W. Bush, who came to the issue with some pretty solid credentials: as a young man who was shot out of the sky by the Japanese. And it was a different moment: The funeral of Emperor Hirohito, Japan’s wartime leader, and father of the current Japanese emperor.

“Mr. Bush was even newer to the presidency at that moment than Mr. Obama is today. Barely a month in office, he traveled to Tokyo for Hirohito’s funeral, declaring it was the right way to honor a former enemy turned ally. It was the first imperial funeral in many decades, a huge state event. And naturally it poured rain on the guests; ladies in their finest kimonos and Sumo wrestlers alike sank into the mud.

“Then came the moment: When Mr. Bush approached the emperor’s casket, he bowed deeply.”

So, to my fellow Americans for whom this is too much to bear, I ask with the greatest respect that you stick a sock in it.

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