"It wasn't a bow. It was a clown tie." said an Obama aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. White House spokespeople refused to comment when asked if the "bow" converted into a hajib suitable for meeting Turkish dignitaries.
The Washington Times called the alleged bow a "shocking display of unsuitable fashion decision" and said it violated centuries of American tradition of trying to avoid making yourself look like a 6 foot tall asshat.