Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Gifts & Protocol Gaffes

By now, the entire world knows that pres__ent Obama has flubbed protocol in dealing with our good friends, the British. He showed a total lack of class by giving the British PM 25 DVD’s that won’t even play in England!

Now, he further embarrasses America with his latest trip to Great Britain and his exchange of gifts with their Queen Elizabeth. One is left to wonder just who he has in the Office of Protocol as I’m sure his adolescent daughters could conceive of more fitting gifts to give foreign dignitaries.

Obama’s latest ‘cock-up’ consists of presenting the Queen of England with a video iPod uploaded with,

· Photos from the Queen's 2007 White House State Visit
· Photos from the Queen's 2007 Jamestown, Va., Visit
· Photos from the Queen's 2007 Richmond, Va., Visit
· Video from the Queen's 1957 Jamestown Visit
· Video from the Queen's 2007 Jamestown Visit
· Video from the Queen's 2007 Richmond Visit
· Photos from President Obama's Inauguration
· Audio of then-state senator Obama's speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, and
· Audio of President Obama 2009 Inauguration Address

Additionally, the Queen was presented with a signed songbook, supposedly “rare” by Richard Rogers. It should also be noted that the Queen has had her own iPod for the last 4 years.

In return, the Obama’s received from Her Majesty “a silver-framed, signed photograph of themselves,” apparently a standard present for visiting dignitaries. Was the Queen prepared for a substandard gift? Or, perhaps was she returning the sub-par gift giving that he gave PM Brown? We may never know.

Contrast this with the president mast hated in modern history and who for 8 years endured false accusations of low I.Q., unable to speak properly and who character and style was almost daily assaulted.

In May 2007, towards the end of his administration, President and Mrs. Bush presented the Queen of England with a bronze statuette “High Desert Princess” with a personal inscription on the bottom of the base, a replica of the original statue located at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Ft. Worth, Texas.

They gave Prince Philip an “exclusive sterling silver eagle box by Tiffany & Co. with personal inscription on the inside lid.” They also presented the Royal Couple with a “leather presentation box filled with a collection of documents from the National Archives, including a copy of an original letter from President Roosevelt to her father, King George, written in 1938 and photos from previous royal visits along with a DVD of the footage from the Queen’s visit to the United States when she was Princess Elizabeth in 1951.”

In exchange, the Royal Couple presented President Bush with a sterling silver oversized plate by William & Son with gold seals including the Presidential seal, the Royal seal and a center seal with the star of Texas surrounded by roses and a personal inscription on the back of the plate. They presented Mrs. Bush a gold and crystal clock with the Royal seal by William & Son.

To our British friends I can only say, “Please forgive us. We all make mistakes and this one will surely be corrected in 2012.”

UPDATE: As the video below shows, the Obama's committed yet another gaffe in protocol by she forgetting to curtsey, as is European tradition.

In another protocol gaffe, Obama did bow before the King of Saudi Arabia, a sign of the Monarch's power over their subjects.

If the photo of Obama bowing isn't clear enough or if liberals feel it wasn't actually a bow, video of the bowing can be seen here


Ms Calabaza said...

Someone told me that he also gave the Queen a bottle of Thunderbird...

LewWaters said...

LOL, funny, but it would be their style too.

It is said that the Obama's have lots of class. Unfotunately, it is all 'Low Class.'

You might even say it borders on "ghetto."

Angie Lee said...

Standard gift.... I see that, after seeing what she gave President and Mrs. Bush.

Michelle Obama probably walked away muttering "stingy old white bitch" under her breath....

LewWaters said...

Angie, I'd like to think the Queen gave them such a "standard" gift in retaliation for their slight of Gordon Brown and Britain earlier.

But, as for Michelle's under breath muttering, if she did such a thing, I'd bet she would refer to the Queen as a "Cracker."

Freddy fetus said...
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LewWaters said...

No freddie, YOU would say that, I didn't!

Freddy fetus said...

You might even say it borders on "ghetto."

So, whaddya mean by, "ghetto?"

Pogue Mahogue said...

Queen Elizabeth shouldn't have given him anything. It wasn't too long ago that Obama insulted the Brits by sending back the bust of Sir Winston Churchill they had taken from the Government Art Collection and graciously presented to President Bush as a sign of solidarity following the 9/11 attacks. The Brits had even offered to extend the loan of the bust - worth "hundreds of thousands of pounds" through his administration, but Obama said "thanks, but no thanks".

According to an account reported in The Telegraph...

"Churchill has less happy connotations for Mr Obama than those American politicians who celebrate his wartime leadership. It was during Churchill's second premiership that Britain suppressed Kenya's Mau Mau rebellion. Among Kenyans allegedly tortured by the colonial regime included one Hussein Onyango Obama, the President's grandfather."

LewWaters said...

Thanks for posting that, Pogue, I didn't know about Churchill's connection to the Bama's Kenyan grandfather.

It makes more sense now why he would slight the British as he has and even why an Obama State Department official said after the Gordon Brown DVD debacle, "There's nothing special about Britain. You're just the same as the other 190 countries in the world. You shouldn't expect special treatment."

Barack Obama too tired to give proper welcome to Gordon Brown

And, in spite of gaffe after gaffe, we have snake imitator and Clinton/Obama apologist, James Carville claiming, Obama has best day as president

LewWaters said...

Freddie/snarkle, you will just have to figure it all out for yourself.

But to me, ghetto would be like liberal idiots as you who have no class, regardless of ethnicity.

Freddy fetus said...
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LewWaters said...

And you are an Army of none, snarkie.

Kevin said...

Ghetto: (adj.) jury-rigged, improvised, or home-made (usually with extremely cheap or sub-standard components)...

Angie Lee said...

I like it, Kevin. ;)

Good way to sum up Snarkie's way of "thinking," too.

I see that fool just can't stop, huh? Like anyone with 2 brain cells to rub together (requirement of which Snarkie obviously lacks at least one) would not figure it out?

'Sup, Lew? Sorry I've been MIA but "under the weather" has become a new way of life for me without my Provigil. Being disinclined to run around the 'net trying to elicit sympathy, I prefer to stay over here out of the way, out of sight. I'll be back, with a vengeance. :)