Two Sides to a Bow
American leaders don’t bow before foreign dignitaries. This is to emphasize the fact that although these leaders may be revered and adored as superior to a common citizen in their own country, in America, we recognize no such distinctions.
The President of the United States personifies and represents the entire country of 300 million people, our Constitution, our Republic and it’s Democratic ideals.
When he makes a state visit, he carries the weight of over 200 years of history, dedication to equality and liberty and the rule of law, not men, with his person. America, in his person, bows to no one.