The reason Obama's alleged, denied bow to King Abdullah -- it was, however one describes it, a warm gesture -- has been the source of controversy is the general American enmity to Saudi Arabia, one that has survived friendly relations between a generation of presidents of both parties and the Saudi rulers.
That hostility is a sentiment, in fact, that Obama tapped into at times during the campaign.
"Change is an energy policy that doesn't rely on buddying up to the Saudi Royal Family and then begging them for oil," he said in Des Moines last May.
(Robert Gibbs today echoed the background denial I reported yesterday that he bowed, and chided a CNN reporter for asking.)
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