That I would long for the days when President Bush was giving inappropriate back rubs to the Chancellor of Germany…until I heard (and not from the media, mind you) about President Obama giving the Prime Minister of England a bunch of DVDs.
The Prime Minister gave him an ornamental desk pen-holder hewn from the timbers of one of the Royal Navy’s anti-slaving ships of the 19th century, HMS Gannet. Even more appropriate, in 1909 the Gannet was renamed HMS President. The president’s guest also presented him with the framed commission for HMS Resolute, the lost British ship retrieved from the Arctic and returned by America to London, and whose timbers were used for a thank-you gift Queen Victoria sent to Rutherford Hayes: the handsome desk that now sits in the Oval Office. And, just to round things out, as a little stocking stuffer, Brown gave President Obama a first edition of Sir Martin Gilbert’s seven-volume biography of Winston Churchill. In return, America’s head of state gave the Prime Minister 25 DVDs of classic American movies. Evidently, the White House gift shop was all out of “my government delegation went to Washington and all I got was this lousy T-shirt” T-shirts. Still, the classic American movies set is a pretty good substitute, and it can set you back as much as $38.99 at Wal-Mart.
Remember all those people who said that President Bush was an international embarrassment because he was so uncultured and boorish? At least President Bush said to our greatest ally “hey, that bust you gave us of Winston Churchill as a sign of solidarity after 9/11? You can have it back”. That’s right – after his inauguration, President Obama returned the bust of Churchill, which according to some Brits was part of the impetus in PM Brown giving Obama the complete Churchill biography.
Ultimately though, the funny part about all of this is that this is the kind of stuff that all the lefties told me would NEVER happen with Obama. “He’s so cultured, so worldly, he’ll never make gaffes like that monkey-redneck Bush”. Well, I guess in their defense that they were right – he made all new gaffes, and insulted our greatest international ally in the process.
You’re off to a rocking good start, Barack! What’s next, invade Canada?