Skip to comments.President Obama Awkwardly Flubs Toast To The Queen
Posted on 05/25/2011 6:07:49 AM PDT by markomalley
President Obamas lack of experience with royalty was on full display today in England as he mistakenly began a toast to the Queen of England at the wrong time, resulting in God Save the Queen blaring over his words and no one getting to drink what was in their cups. Awkward.
And now I propose a toast to the Queen, President Obama began in London today, but only got as far as To the vitality of the special relationship before God Save the Queen cut him off. He kept reading the toast, however, and finally raised his glass to her. No one drank out of their glasses afterwards, however. The Queen herself looked over at him with a hint of contempt (confusion?) in her face, while the other members of the royal family stood stoically around them.
Many may see not knowing the tedious etiquette of proposing a toast to an ornamental political figure a gaffe, but isnt the entire point of America not bothering to care about royal etiquette? Allahpundit at Hot Air has some (rare) praise for the President:
Protocol, apparently, requires the toastmaster to wait until after God Save the Queen plays and then begin the toast. But the almighty O waits for no sovereign, so he launched straight into his shpiel. To which I say, good for him. What else was the American revolution about, if not the right of the president to half-ass some formulaic niceties about the British monarch? He should have punctuated it with a weary whatever and downed the glass in one gulp.
Video via ABC News below: (video at link)
he’s an idiot!
I dunno. First the “beast” gets stuck in Ireland (I thought to myself that this does not portend well for the rest of his visit), then he writes the wrong date in the guestbook, and now this.
I think he should come home before he really makes himself look stupid.
I actually thought the worst part was the very very large frown on his face. If he had smiled at his mistake, put his glass down and acted with polite respect (yes, respect—its what politicians and diplomats do when they are at the HOMES OF ALLIES!) no one would have thought much about it. Instead he looks enraged. Does he not have a chief of protocol who tells him how these things go? Where was his teleprompter?
TOTUS did not acccompany the brilliant first buffoon
Who had to take note cards to read a toast
The problem with notecards is the assumption the person holding them can read
Not to worry, the liberal establishment is still over-awed by a black person who is clean and mostly, articulate, with appropriate support
His arrogance fuels his ignorance
He looked like a sullen 14 year old who has been personally dissed, when the Queen remained in silence during her national anthem.
You can’t buy class—it’s as simple as that. This person has no class—and worse yet, he doesn’t know it.
Payback! The Queen has provided a stage on which she was sure Obama would again show himself to be what he is, an A$$!
Nah, he loves sovereigns, particularly tyrannical ones, but he's just not into Great Britain.
The White House or State Department Protocol offices dropped the ball on that one.
Bad staff work.
Did he present the bust of Churchill (Winston, not Ward) to her?
Jesse sure has her work cut out for her.
How many staff will we have to pay for, for her to be able to shut us up over Hussein’s stupidity bonanza?
I am certain that “O” was secretly congratulating himself on having a staff SO cool that they provided a neat ‘God Save the Queen’ background effect for HIS toast to the Queen.
He was probably hoping that the rest of the room noticed how cool it was, too!!!
...video mark at :40 seconds - TO THE QUEEN - then she says something to him - and he realizes what a DUMB A$$ he is -— What an IDIOT!!! How embarrassing...I guess all those socialist professors never taught him what protocol is - that is means to stand and pay respect when a country’s NATIONAL ANTHEM is playing....WOULD SOMEONE PLEASE IMPEACH OBAMA!!!
Mark - Thanks for posting this - this needs to stay at the TOP all day!!!!
I thought it was a Gerorge Jefferson-like grin..he almost looked liek Jack Nicholson as The Riddler in the Batman films..
Too late for that. He really looks stupid already.
What happened to the people who were supposed to coach him. Do they dislike him so badly they let him screw up and then laugh about it?
watch th Video and the idiot cannot even make toast without having it written down for him. he spends the whole time looking down and reading it.
At least he has the same reverence for the English National anthem as he has for ours——none.
TOO LATE - he’s way pass “stupid”...
Obama really has some problems. He doesn’t know what year it is. Given he can read a teleprompter fairly well, but beyond that SCARY!!!!!
Yes, you described it perfectly. Sullen, angry. A charming smile and a little joke afterwards and no one would be talking about it (and the press would be saying how wonderful he was).
Who is Jesse?
Maybe but I don’t think so, I think he looks honestly and truly angry, barely suppressed.
What do expect from someone who doesn't even know what year it is !!!
What an embarrassing day to be Irish.
Schadenfreude!!! Obama reaps the benefits of an affirmative action protocol office. Fans of irony ecstatic!!!
Speaking of charming smile, did you happen to catch a glimpse of Moochelle? Slumped and sullen would about cover it.
To be fair to BO, this is an irrelevance.
Nobody was insulted. Just more embarrassed for him than anything else.
Camilla was enjoying being the prettiest girl at table!
We have a fu^%ing ill-bred moron for a “President”. Period!!
He’ll blame his error as a mistake of the Protocol Officer not explaining it correctly, for it is never Ubama’s fault.
That's all I need to know about her.
BS. He was representing our nation and, as always, did a bad job of it. The man is a disaster.
When you politicize the Office of Protocol with Chicago thugs, you get thug protocol. These are most likely people who were socially promoted through school, supported the community organizer, and were rewarded with their sinecures. Now we all look like this unfortunate group of Americans.
We are being dumbed down, in fact and in appearance.
We are being “leveled.”
Obama is such a shameful face of America.
Remember, his actions are a continuing show of disrespect for our allies, and in particular Israel and Great Britain. It is purposeful, planned, and lauded in private.
It didn’t go down bad in the UK. No big deal there.
Is that according to the socialist press?
Her boobs looked lop-sided.
Yes, it was very uncomfortable to watch. Camilla was sitting there stone-faced. I like Camilla and felt sorry for her that she had to sit next to him. Who else could have handled it as well as she did.
I trade her for Michelle any day!
Why doesn’t it surprise me that you are willing to make excuses for O’Bozo?
What a damned moron.
His general incompetence has me wondering about the value of a Hahvard education. No wonder his grades aren’t accessible. They’re embarassed too.
You would think with all his TSARs he could find ONE that knows protocol.
You would think with all his TSARs he could find ONE that knows protocol.
Be careful, Donn is a card-carrying Brit who is a constitutional expert and will make you look silly if you challenge him on ANYTHING British!
Yeah the one in the picture on the right is really gross.