You are all wrong.It wasn't splitting hairs, just stating the facts. As to apologies, after some of the crap Bush pulled some were in order, there is nothing wrong with an apology when you were wrong. As to bowing, in some cultures it take the place of a hand shake, and there is nothing wrong with it when done in the proper context. Obama isn't the first to do some of those things and he probably won't be the last. Like I stated before Three more years and we will be rid of him.
Bowing was started by fågs. It is a symbolic way of telling one's superior, "I am here ready to blow you if your lordship so desires."