President Obama probably won’t recognize the sound, but what he is hearing is the resonance of the United States of America turning rosy red in embarrassment. (And you didn’t think such a thing could make a distinctive sound, did you?) It isn’t an explosive noise, or anything that will scare anyone. Rather, it is the sound of a mortified assemblage of heads shaking in shame – a sensatory humiliation that may not be picked up by the normal human ear, but is certainly distinguishable to dogs and Messiahs alike.
It has a certain “you’ve got to be kidding me” timbre to it that most non-Saviors cannot realize.
For the nation who has everything, including a 25 Classic Film DVD set that cannot be played there, what else could an American President offer as a gift – outside of beef jerky and JC Penny gift certificate packs – that could leave a lasting impression?
What gift could the most powerful man in the world offer the Queen of England?
How about an Ipod?
From the UK Telegraph:
Barack Obama met the Queen at Buckingham Palace today and gave her a gift of an iPod loaded with video footage and photographs of her 2007 United States visit to Richmond, Jamestown and Williamsburg in Virginia. In return, the Queen gave the President a silver framed signed photograph of herself and the Duke of Edinburgh – apparently a standard present for visiting dignitaries.
It is believed the Queen already has an iPod, a 6GB silver Mini version she is said to have bought in 2005 at the suggestion of Prince Andrew.
See, this is why I am not President. It would not occur to me to present an MP3/video player to British royalty.
A PlayStation 3, sure. But an Ipod, no.
To be fair, according to USA Today reporter Richard Wolf, an aide to the President later told him that Obama also gave the Queen a “rare songbook signed by Richard Rodgers.”
Earlier, Mr Obama had spoken of his admiration for Her Majesty but indicated that his wife was handling the details of their royal meeting. “There’s one last thing that I should mention that I love about Great Britain, and that is the Queen,” he said at the end of his joint press conference with Gordon Brown.
“And so I’m very much looking forward to meeting her for the first time later this evening. And as you might imagine, Michelle has been really thinking that through — because I think in the imagination of people throughout America, I think what the Queen stands for and her decency and her civility, what she represents, that’s very important.”
I am willing to take hits for what will surely be interpreted by some as callous, partisan, lock-step nitpicking on my part – just another unknown right-wing blogger looking for anything to chide the President on.
Not that he hasn’t given even the mildest of critics opportunity after opportunity to do so.
In the grand scheme, it is, admitettedly, a “non-story” – but it wouldn’t be if the GOP were at the helm.
Some choice comments on this story from the UK Telegraph website:
Dear People of the United Kingdom, please accept my sincerest apologies, this is so embarrassing. We usually are more classy in the USA. Perhaps we should subject ourselves to the crown again. Perhaps we can’t handle it after 200 years after all!
To our British cousins – Please forgive our once-great country for sending an idiot to represent us. Unfortunately, Obama will continue to embarrass us with his bumbling, inept foreign policy. We did not learn a lesson with Jimmy Carter.
George Bush, though mistaken on some issues, was genuine, resolute and enamored of his country and the principles on which it was founded – characteristics completely lacking in this Kenyan impostor who achieved power through deceit, thuggery and slick self-promotion. I believe it will not be long before the vast majority of Americans and Brits alike rue the day he ever came on the scene.
Note to Michelle: Don’t give ANY more presents. Ask someone who has experience giving – not taking – to do this important diplomatic task for you, and make sure it’s not another Leftist. Leave the job up to a Conservative grownup.
Ha! Obama probably likes watching footage of himself all the time but I sincerely doubt that Her Majesty is in any way narcissistic. And doesn’t she take he favorite cameraman everywhere with her to do the official shoot? What a poorly thought out gift. “In return, the Queen gave the President a silver framed photograph of herself – apparently a standard present for visiting dignitaries.” Nothing extra? Not so special, then, is he?
-Expat in the USA
Reportedly, along with video and stills of the Queen’s 2007 visit to America, the Ipod contains a collection of show tunes, including selections from West Side Story and Hair.
I probably do not need to add anything at this point.