Politics 16 December 2009 Sarkozy, Obama . . . and Lady Gaga What do they all have in common? Print HTML The answer? They're pretty good at the old-fashioned bow, as seen in the Daily Beast's fine gallery of the Year in Bows. Obama figures twice (ah, the grandeur of humility), as does Nicolas Sarkozy, who likes to grin while plummeting. But the prize goes to the Dalai Lama, who somehow manages to plunge even further than his bowing partner Nancy Pelosi. It's like a war of deference, with the Dalai Lama just managing to duck beneath Pelosi. I hope he made it back up again. My favourite, though, is the one above of King Juan Carlos of Spain and Sarkozy doing the honours to Carla and Queen Sofia. If you look quickly, Sarko and the King become a sort of two-headed bowing beast. But Carla's clearly impressed, so that's something. › Peter Tatchell steps down as Green candidate due to brain damage Sophie Elmhirst is features editor of the New Statesman Subscribe More Related articles Metro mayors can help Labour return to government How the Brexit referendum has infantilised British politics Vote Leave have won two referendums. Can they win a third?