If you’re a leader, especially of a country, it’s imperative that you show strength and resolve, that you command respect with your presence.
This is something former President Obama failed miserably to do. Remember the apology tour?
How about bowing in front of the Japanese Emperor? Embarrassing, right?
Well it seems President Trump is trying to undo all of that.
Via Daily Caller:
President Donald Trump met the Japanese emperor Monday morning, but opted for a strong handshake over a bow.
Trump arrived in Japan Sunday for discussions with senior leadership on issues ranging from trade to North Korea. His stop in Japan is part of a two-week tour of Asia that will take him to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines. When he met Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, he delivered a firm handshake.
Although the president’s actions differed from those of his predecessor, the greeting passed without incident. When former President Barack Obama greeted the emperor, he bowed fully before the beloved Japanese figurehead.
Now it’s important to understand that in Japanese culture, it’s a sign of respect to bow in greeting, a move that the State Department often encourages diplomats and other employees to participate in when abroad.
However, they have never encouraged presidents to bow before other leaders. When Obama did this, it was viewed as weakness by critics.
Thankfully, Trump seems to grasp how important appearances can be and has decided to show strength rather than weakness for the sake of appearing “cultured.”