Skip to comments.Good news: Obama botches toast to the Queen (No wonder he didn't get invited to the Royal Wedding)
Posted on 05/25/2011 6:56:48 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Ah, now his “2008″ gaffe from earlier today is starting to make more sense. Turns out … he really is brain-damaged.
No, I kid. I think he, like Frank Drebin, simply doesn’t believe in silly ideas like having queens:
The president paused, the guests stood, and the orchestra prepared to play.
But the president wasnt done speaking.
The vitality the president said before the orchestra began…
To the Queen, the president finally said.
He lifted his glass to her, she smiled a bit uncomfortably.
But because the song was playing, no one drank from his or her glass, including the president, who put his glass down on the table.
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.
This is why he doesn’t get invited to weddings, guys.
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Did he weaar his mike into the mens room, too?
The whole thing is a huge charade, who cares?
Could have been worse.
Looks like Jack Dawson going into the Lion’s Den.
The British intentionally set Tingle Barry up to be humiliated.
They didn’t provide him with a teleprompter for the toast, and they knew this would be the inevitable result.
Look for them to have him marching around lead by John Cleese next time he goes over there.
"It could have been raining."
I hope this is being played on British & Irish media 24/7.
Ok, I’m going to defend Obamer just a bit here but not all that much.
Because the United States has a State Department filled with diplomats and that sort. Their job is to research customs and traditions in other countries that American visitors, especially our President, know such things and abide by them.
Americans have an ugly enough reputation so this is a good thing.
I must suppose that the White House has some kind of liason type that works with the StateDepartment to gather this kind of data before trips to other countries.
So come on, WHO DIDN’T DO THEIR JOB HERE? Right in this article it describes the tradition of the toast to the queen so SOMEBODY did some research, maybe even on Wikipedia for God’s sake.
Now to slightly defend Obamer....who cares about all that queen stuff? The guy was merely trying to make a toast to the queen, a nice enough gesture. So he got it wrong and how embarrassing. But the more gracious, and queens, go with me here, SHOULD be gracious, would have spared him the humiliation. For make no mistake, this was a most humilating moment.
I’ll end with what I know might be a comment response to my thoughts above....yeah, Obamer hasn’t treated the British very nice, this country’s best ally, beginning with returning that bust of Churchill for no godly reason. Not to mention those godawful “gifts” he sent to the British with no forethought.
Could be the British are sick of this creep.
I would so prefer a President Drebin.
I guess he felt like a fool, but that should be normal for him.
Churchill...Obama. I wonder if the queen was thinking of the differences between the two during Obama's visit.
Sorry, if you’re going to fly to London to try and look like a statesman and ostentatiously toast the Queen, then do it right and don’t embarrass our country.
Cue thunder. Cue rain.
He's obviously a direct descendant of Inspector Clouseau.
i think he wrote 2008 because it was his election year.
today he said “leaders like us” when talking about the PM.
Obama has shown he is a bigger bumpkin than clinton.
“They didnt provide him with a teleprompter for the toast, and they knew this would be the inevitable result.”
Lol! It occurred to me that the entire visit was rather humorous.....if one considers the strong, anti-colonialist facet of Obama’s ideology.
It will take more than a GOOD leader to help repair the damage this man has wrought on the image of this great nation.
As the chief executive, Obama has the responsibility to put in place the staff to advise him.
I contend that HE is the one who has not done his job.
Is there anything this village idiot can’t do wrong or incorrectly?
Has any of this made it into the national news? If Bush had done this, the lib rags would be headlining the latest Bush gaffe. But since this is The Anointed One, scarcely a peep.
What makes you think Obama didn’t get a briefing on how to do a toast to the Queen?
Maybe he does this crap on purpose, because he has spent most of his presidency apologizing and downgrading America.
Let’s not forget how the Wookie touched the Queen the last trip - that’s a no, no as well. Then, the ipod with all of zero’s wonderful speeches on it.
What a clown we have as a president.
It is mostly no big deal...except it highlights the incredible hypocrisy of the American media. When a Dem does it, it’s miminalized and nothing much is said about it. If a Pubbie does it (Bush etal), well then just look at that stupid oaf. Standup comedians never make fun of Obama. Maybe Leno, and that’s about it.
But really, this one is on the Queen. It was her duty as host to these rubes to have a flock of people ready to intercept each and every gaffe and make it all better. Someone should have been queued to tackle the orchestra leader who had the temerity to "strike up the band" at the appropriate moment.
I'm sensing a National Lampoon movie here. Tackled band leaders, staff frantically changing all of the wall calendars back to 2008, trucks dispatched to replace stacks of newspapers with "corrected" ones, a "beast" that can levitate over obstacles like a chevrolet fresh from the bario, Moochelle having a Marilyn Monroe moment (children, avert your eyes!), a volcano that stops spewing ash upon a Presidential command, the whole Black Irish thingie finally explained ... I'm thinking Oscar here.
The Queen had to TELL HIM to put down his glass. He looked like a scolded little boy!
I’d say the band screwed this one up.
I'm sure there are liaison officers and I'm sure our narcissistic pResident ignores them.
He also gave the British Priminister a set of NTSC Sys DVDs (the Brits use PAL). He gave the Queen an iPod with his speeches. On a previous meeting with the Irish President, he read the Irish President's speech from the teleprompter, including a portion giving thanks to "the American President."
He's only beginning to realize that he's in over his head.
I think she was gracious as she didn’t correct him during his toast but after he was finished talking she alerted him to put down his glass and wait. I noticed however that neither the Queen or Obama actually drank from their glasses after the toast.
I think that is what goes wrong a lot in the admin. A republican will hire a top notch expert on british protocol.
A democrat will hire a political hack that wormed his way up through the system. I think it happens a lot with this admin. Where bush would have an expert level person the dems hire hacks.
Remember the “reset” button russian mistranslation ? And the funnier part of that was, it wasn’t even written in russian anyway, it was the english transliteration. hacks, the lot of them. hacks i say.
So he’s the out of place dork wherever he goes? No wonder he’s so insecure.
It would be interesting to see if he tried to give the Queen the finger after this.
How to have fun with a liberal:
1. Pick something Obama did.
2. Attribute it George W. Bush. (e.g., “Remember that time Bush screwed up the toast to the Queen?”)
3. Finish by saying “but it wasn’t really a big deal.”
4. Sit back and watch the liberal explain how it’s a HUGE deal and it shows just how STUPID and EVIL Bush is.
Before you go crapping on the staff, who likely did do their job, pls remember President Ohamster needs a prompter to address grade school kids. I would attribute blame where it fits best. He consistently screws up, its a hallmark of his administration.
Well 1st he slaps her on the back
this time he slaps her in the face
I was just thinking today of one of my favorite movies, Glen Garry, Glen Ross. After one of the most memorable movie speeches of all time during which Al Pacino destroys Kevin Spacey, there is a slight pause and then a cut to Jack Lemmon who is in the corner getting coffee. Lemmon, sighs, pauses and says to Spacey (who Pacino just destroyed) “You are a shithead Williamson”. Somehow, this makes me think of that, for some reason.
Amen to that. Just imagine the holy hell President Bush would have caught from the press if this had been him. If anyone feels like cutting him some slack, just think of the idiotic ipod and BO’s speeches that were given to the Queen and the dvds that didn’t work that were given to the PM.
BO and BM do NOT deserve to represent our country. They are a complete embarrassment and should be running a shoe store, not the greatest country in the world.
That is sound reasoning. They should have known. These kinds of things happen all the time with him and it would appear that either they are incredibly inept (and I include Michelle), do not listen, or are despised personally by other heads of state.
Witness Michelle’s experience with the wind on one day, then wearing no hat and a fluffy skirt the next. Could she not understand hat + straight skirt for the next day?
My only hope is that these gaffes are not a reflection upon the American people as a whole.
Personally, I write to the embassies of these countries and apologize - a lot.
And what makes Lemmon’s line so great is the pacing - he draws out the word “arrrreeee” and then picks up the pace after that - priceless http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HURJNd0J4U
AH HA HA HA HA!!!
I can just see the teleprompter now.
DON’T SPEAK YET.
(music playing. look interested.)
WAIT FOR IT...
WAIT FOR IT...
This guy doesn’t have Irish roots. He has French roots.
He’s obviously a direct descendant of Inspector Clouseau.
As one who has Irish and French roots, I find that extremely funny!
Nope. "To the Queen" IS the toast....and signals the end of speaking and the beginning of the anthem.
It's protocol. Something this WH knows nothing about.
Touched the queen? She put her arm around her back! Everybody knows you don’t do that. You don’t need an etiquette advisor.
I think they do much of this on purpose. Perhaps not the toast and the wrong date but wearing a sweater to meet the queen, no hat, shiny night club type clothes during the day, no hosiery. It is purposeful. IMO
Alynski said use ridicule to minimize your opponent, this trip is 10 great political commercials against this maroon!