If you loved the return of the Churchill bust and the Gordon Brown parting gift of 25 DVDs found at your local Wal-Mart, you’ll be tickled pink to hear of the latest adventures of the Man Who Will Make the World Love Us™.
The Wall Street Journal has the details of President Obama referring to our special relationship with England, momentarily breaking a rule of protocol by neglecting to refer to the United Kingdom instead, leaving Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland out of the equation. Sure, just one mixed-up reference, not that big of a deal, right? And Bush was such an idiot, right? It’s still going to raise a few eyebrows across the pond, as it equates to a British leader speaking of their special relationship with Texas.
Although it’s not really a foreign policy gaffe, the media team also blundered by scheduling the President’s only open event at 5 in the morning when no one is watching, as well as denying media access to important events like first-time bilateral chats with foreign leaders, offering instead brief canned remarks. Sure, not that big of a deal, right, except when this is the President’s first major overseas conference, you might want to be a little more savvy with how it plays back home.
But that’s not even the icing on the cake. Besides the meetings with the heads of Australia and Canada, both members of the British Commonwealth. President Obama is only other leader granted an audience with the Queen. Protocol is to be strictly observed, and the Queen has found it important to find the time to meet with most of our recent Commanders in Chief. So what gift did our world-wise President deem wise to give to this regal ceremonial head of state?
And apparently she already has one. I couldn’t make this up if I tried. As MM says, Dohbama strikes again. Yeah, I know the Queen also got some songbook as well. That doesn’t take away from the sheer tackiness of the gift, and compounds the previous DVD and bust blunders. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.