The strip below [at right] contrasting Barack Obama with Vladimir Putin takes a look back in an entertaining and (somewhat) instructive way. Why is that man bowing? Those bows are a killer. As we enter year 6 of the Age of Obama, Obama has yet to field a question on the subject. (Jay Carney, of course, denied that he was bowing.) We are left to our own devices, and we have a pretty good idea, but it would be nice to hear what might pass in public for an explanation from the man. As they say, it only hurts when I laugh.