Apr 4, 2009

What protocol?

A Newsweek article at the first link below is titled, No, really, you shouldn’t have.

From the article:

One of the most important tests of a globe-trotting president: picking out just the right gift for your foreign counterpart. Barack Obama is learning this the hard way.

Only a few weeks on the job, Obama created a minor diplo-mess when British Prime Minister Gordon Brown came to the U.S. for a visit.

Obama's historic Oval Office desk, a gift from Queen Victoria to Rutherford Hayes, is made from the timbers of the HMS Resolute. Brown proudly presented Obama with a pencil holder carved from its antislavery sister ship, the HMS Gannet. Classy!

So how did our president reciprocate? Obama gave Gordon Brown a DVD set of Hollywood movies, including "Psycho." When Brown got back home, he discovered they didn't work in his European player. Classless!

Mr. Obama didn’t do much better with the gift he presented Queen Elizabeth II on his UK visit last week. The gift was an iPod loaded with photos from Obama's Inauguration, audio of Obama's speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention followed by audio of Obama’s 2009 Inauguration Address.

I’m sure the Queen listens to Obama’s teleprompter speeches every night when she goes to bed.

Americans knew he had lots of ego and no class. Now the entire world knows it.

At a time when we needed a Winston Churchill we voted in a Charlie Chaplain instead.

Link here and here.