He likes to remind people that he supports abortion rights and does not kowtow to the fire-breathers in the Republican ranks.
And, of course, all these people had to kowtow and sell to Saatchi.
If President Obama wants to kowtow more to "the markets" (Wall Street), he might appoint someone like Summers or Rubin.
also kow-tow, 1804, from Chinese k'o-t'ou custom of touching the ground with the forehead to show respect or submission, literally "knock the head," from k'o "knock, bump" + t'ou "head." The verb in the figurative sense of "act in an obsequious manner" is from 1826. Related: Kowtowed; kowtowing.