Obama Really Hates the Brits

Posted: April 1, 2009 by lamayor in Obama, The Presidency

"Mr. President, I would've preferred a Zune."

First, the President sends back  the bust of Winston Churchill.  Then he fumbled Gordon Brown’s visit to the White House.  The PM didn’t get a state dinner, a fawning press conference, and wasn’t even allowed to play on the killer new White House swing set.  To add insult to injury, Obama acted like a harried shopper on Christmas Eve and gave Brown a DVD box set.  Snakes on a Plane wasn’t even included, but hopefully the PM has Netflix.

So much for our vaunted “special relationship”.

Fast forward to today — April Fool’s Day no less.  President Obama meets with Queen Elizabeth II and he gives her . . . . an iPod!  I’m sure the Queen is not easy to shop for — I mean, you can’t just give her a Target gift card and tell her to buy herself something nice.  You have to put some thought into it.  Something that honors not just her but the British people.

Now, let’s not be too quick to judge.  An iPod may not be all that bad.  It is, after all, a premier innovation from one of this country’s hippest and exciting entrpreneurial companies.  It’s not the traditional monarchical gift but functional, and I’m sure she likes to get her groove on like anybody else.  That is, until she checks the playlist.

President and First Lady Obama gave Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II a video iPod with inscription, songs uploaded and accessories, plus a rare musical songbook signed by Richard Rodgers.

Uploaded onto the iPod:

  • 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

Britain’s Press Association reports that the Royal couple gave the Obamas “a silver-framed, signed photograph of themselves.”

I can see it now: The Queen in her perfectly clipped English shouting, “Yes, we can!”  Like I said, he really hates the Brits.

The President was gracious, I’m sure, when presented with the framed photograph of the Queen and Prince Philip.  However, something tells me he was wondering when she would finally give him the gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

While we’re on the subject — the lovely SI swimsuit model, Marisa Miller, wins the award for Best Use of an iPod.  Nicely done.


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