Thursday, March 5, 2009

Anyone Else Embarrassed?

As a nation, we should be saying, "I'm REALLY, REALLY sorry about this!" to the United Kingdom (our staunchest ally and truly great partner in the world). I am sure that you are asking what has put this burr into Russ's saddle, so I will tell you.

Last week, as PM Gordon Brown made his trip over here to meet the President, he brought a gift with him: Ornamental pen holder made from the timbers of the Victorian anti-slave ship HMS Gannet - once called HMS President.

By the way, these sorts of gifts are traditionally exchanged when new US/UK leaders meet for the first time. Bear in mind that these gifts belong to the American and British people, and the President and Prime Minister are just stewards while in office. What did Mr. Obama give the British people? I am sure you are thinking that it has some real historical significance and meaning, and you would be WRONG.

Here is the gift that we gave them. Can I have a drumroll, please? ... ... ... We gave them 25 classic American films on DVD.

I will admit that, when I heard this on the Rush Limbaugh Show, I thought that Rush was having a little fun as he often does. I. Then, I realized that this is the sort of thing that Rush CANNOT spoof or parody, AND I felt really sick to my stomach. SOOO, I did a search and found this article in the UK Mail Online.

It appears that PM Brown tried to hide the gift from the British people and their press, and I don't blame him. I wish we hadn't given this gift either. What an embarassment!

1 comment:

Cable said...

I am glad this administration is seeking to restore the United State’s image in the world community. You must not forget Secretary of State Clinton’s gift to the Russian Foreign Minister. Intending the gift to be a symbol of “pushing the reset button,” on relations with Russia, the script on the button spelled “Overcharge.” Now, if the former President had did this I would have loved it because he probably would have meant it as a symbol of Russia’s manipulation of oil markets. However, with the amateurs running the show now, I realize that we are doomed to a number of geopolitical setbacks.

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