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U.S. President Barack Obama bows to Asimo the robot while visiting the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) in Tokyo on Thursday afternoon.

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I hope we don't now have to read about some people in the US complaining that Obama bowed to a robot.

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Can't wait for Fox News to lose their sh*t that President Obama bowed to a robot. ;)

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Just imagine what the comments would be like if Obama had an (R) behind his name.

RR

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President bowing to Robot is probably a smart move.

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Kawaii!!!!!!!! God bless America!

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Looks good! To bow is a big thing to everybody outside Japan... :-)

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Pretty cool museum. I went last year. That robot was awesome.... when it was built 14 years ago!!!! That massive globe they have that is a video screen is 1000 times cooler.

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What version of the Asimo did they have as it gets updated with new functions and abilities all the time? You can't buy only for rent.

Obama took a soccer pass from it.

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Seriously? Of all the things they need to chat about Abe is taking him to look at robots??

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This robot is cuter than a bi-linguistic robot receptionist I met in a Vegas Electronic Convention several years ago. Watch out. You have to find out who is a real life person or who is a robot.

Pres. Obama met a robot in Japan ! Who coached him how to bow as a head of USA? Maybe he knows about Japan just like Ambassador Kennedy,

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAfrJc-E0WA

Asimo you're the man!!!!! I mean you're the robot! Playing soccer with Mr.Obama kawaiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!

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How about the robot going into the Fukushima nuclear power plant? That is the real "R2-D"2 type of hero. This one is just a protocol droid.

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@bruinfanAPR. 24, 2014 - 11:58PM JST How about the robot going into the Fukushima nuclear power plant? That is the real "R2-D"2 type of hero. This one is just a protocol droid.

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Not the human lookalike robot but various large robotic gadgets are already in use.

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Bowing to a robot?! What the?!

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Yes, good. Start showing submissiveness now and maybe when Robots take over the world they'll be nicer to us.

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Obama should have kowtowed to the superior robot.

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@tmarie: Why so serious all the time?! Relax.... It's not like they're gonna be in meetings 24/7!

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At least someone appears to have coached him on the proper mode of bowing a superior uses. Slight bow, head and eyes up.

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Japanese robots are great at bowing. They're not so good at locating missing airliners or clearing debris from radiation-spewing nuclear plants.

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