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Bow? What Bow?

The White House is now denying Obama bowed before the Saudi King. He is much taller, we are told, so when he grasped the King’s hand  . . .  at that point the spin loses me. Watch for yourself. The man bowed. He may have made a mistake. He might now feel self-conscious. But he bowed.

It really is maddening enough that the president asks us to deny the laws of economics, the tenets of sound national security, and to accept the untruths perpetually tumbling from his lips (e.g. he doesn’t like big government, he is not naive). Now he says everyone else’s eyes deceive them.

Sometime it is best to admit error and move on rather than suggest you are seeking to deceive others. They might get the idea you have lost touch with reality — or are asking them to.