Oddly enough, now it all makes sense:
The White House today again denied that President Barack Obama had submissively bowed last week to Saudi King Abdullah, updating the official version of events to portray it as a “torso flexing move designed to administer a friendly head butt to the Muslim monarch — an amped-up version of the fist-bump he often shares with the First Lady.”
“President Obama, as everyone knows, is a man’s man, and he just wanted to establish who’s the alpha male in the pack,” said White House press secretary Robert Gibbs. “He naturally expected the King to return the head butt, and was surprised to receive just a mild handshake.”
The White House would be wise to put Scott Ott on its payroll to offer “explanations of last resort”, rather than attempting “who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes” obfuscations.