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Good news: Obama botches toast to the Queen (No wonder he didn't get invited to the Royal Wedding)
Hotair ^ | 05/25/2011 | Allahpundit

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 wasn’t 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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1 posted on 05/25/2011 6:56:52 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Did he weaar his mike into the mens room, too?


2 posted on 05/25/2011 6:58:08 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: SeekAndFind

The whole thing is a huge charade, who cares?


3 posted on 05/25/2011 6:58:21 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: SeekAndFind

4 posted on 05/25/2011 6:58:48 AM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: SeekAndFind

Could have been worse.

5 posted on 05/25/2011 6:59:58 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind
What else was the American revolution about, if not the right of the president to half-ass some formulaic niceties about the British monarch?

Amen, bro.


6 posted on 05/25/2011 7:00:11 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: billorites

GMTA!


7 posted on 05/25/2011 7:00:35 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

Looks like Jack Dawson going into the Lion’s Den.


8 posted on 05/25/2011 7:02:16 AM PDT by C210N (0bama, Making the US safe for Global Marxism)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


9 posted on 05/25/2011 7:02:23 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: dfwgator
Could have been worse.

How?


"It could have been raining."

10 posted on 05/25/2011 7:04:25 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: SeekAndFind

I hope this is being played on British & Irish media 24/7.


11 posted on 05/25/2011 7:05:36 AM PDT by Siena Dreaming
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


12 posted on 05/25/2011 7:05:49 AM PDT by Fishtalk (http://patfish.blogspot.com/2011/02/freerepublic-ping-list-compilation.html-Freep Ping Blog post)
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To: dfwgator

I would so prefer a President Drebin.


13 posted on 05/25/2011 7:05:56 AM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: Fishtalk
Could be the British are sick of this creep.

The only ones who aren't are members of the 57 Islamic states.
14 posted on 05/25/2011 7:09:30 AM PDT by crosshairs (Say what you want about the South, but you never hear of anyone retiring and moving north.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I guess he felt like a fool, but that should be normal for him.


15 posted on 05/25/2011 7:09:50 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: SeekAndFind
Elizabeth's first prime minister was Winston Churchill.

Churchill...Obama. I wonder if the queen was thinking of the differences between the two during Obama's visit.

16 posted on 05/25/2011 7:10:33 AM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I carrying this lantern, you ask. I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


17 posted on 05/25/2011 7:12:35 AM PDT by americanophile
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To: Texas Eagle

Cue thunder. Cue rain.


18 posted on 05/25/2011 7:13:24 AM PDT by savedbygrace (But God.)
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To: SeekAndFind
They showed up anyway.... With attitude! NEI
19 posted on 05/25/2011 7:13:47 AM PDT by baddog 219
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To: savedbygrace

Heh, heh.


20 posted on 05/25/2011 7:14:16 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: SeekAndFind
This guy doesn't have Irish roots. He has French roots.

He's obviously a direct descendant of Inspector Clouseau.

21 posted on 05/25/2011 7:15:53 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


22 posted on 05/25/2011 7:16:05 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: MrEdd

“They didn’t 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.


23 posted on 05/25/2011 7:16:07 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: SeekAndFind

24 posted on 05/25/2011 7:17:57 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Fishtalk

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.


25 posted on 05/25/2011 7:19:11 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: SeekAndFind

Is there anything this village idiot can’t do wrong or incorrectly?


26 posted on 05/25/2011 7:20:19 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


27 posted on 05/25/2011 7:21:34 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: Fishtalk

What makes you think Obama didn’t get a briefing on how to do a toast to the Queen?


28 posted on 05/25/2011 7:22:17 AM PDT by carton253
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To: americanophile

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.


29 posted on 05/25/2011 7:23:12 AM PDT by Catsrus
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To: Fishtalk

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.


30 posted on 05/25/2011 7:25:00 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: Fishtalk
I'm thinking affirmative-action protocol office, a function of the White Hut not Foggy Bottom. A black Sunny Davis.

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.

31 posted on 05/25/2011 7:26:22 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (I asked the bartender for a bin Ladin, she said 'what's that? I said 'two shots then a splash.')
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To: SeekAndFind
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.

The Queen had to TELL HIM to put down his glass. He looked like a scolded little boy!

32 posted on 05/25/2011 7:27:32 AM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: SeekAndFind

I’d say the band screwed this one up.


33 posted on 05/25/2011 7:31:06 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Fishtalk
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.

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.

34 posted on 05/25/2011 7:33:45 AM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: Fishtalk

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.


35 posted on 05/25/2011 7:34:30 AM PDT by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
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To: Fishtalk

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.


36 posted on 05/25/2011 7:35:45 AM PDT by rokkitapps
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To: SeekAndFind

So he’s the out of place dork wherever he goes? No wonder he’s so insecure.


37 posted on 05/25/2011 7:35:49 AM PDT by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: Grizzled Bear
The Queen had to TELL HIM to put down his glass. He looked like a scolded little boy!

It would be interesting to see if he tried to give the Queen the finger after this.

38 posted on 05/25/2011 7:39:48 AM PDT by kosciusko51
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


39 posted on 05/25/2011 7:42:12 AM PDT by Our man in washington
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To: Fishtalk

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.


40 posted on 05/25/2011 7:45:15 AM PDT by 556x45
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To: SeekAndFind

Well 1st he slaps her on the back

this time he slaps her in the face


41 posted on 05/25/2011 7:45:34 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


42 posted on 05/25/2011 7:49:54 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten (Welcome to the USA - where every day is Backwards Day!)
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To: SumProVita

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.


43 posted on 05/25/2011 7:51:28 AM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: Fishtalk

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.


44 posted on 05/25/2011 7:54:31 AM PDT by esquirette ("Our hearts are restless until they find rest in Thee." ~ Augustine)
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To: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten

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


45 posted on 05/25/2011 7:54:34 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten (Welcome to the USA - where every day is Backwards Day!)
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To: 556x45

AH HA HA HA HA!!!

I can just see the teleprompter now.

RAISE GLASS.

DON’T SPEAK YET.

NOT NOW.

(music playing. look interested.)

WAIT FOR IT...

WAIT FOR IT...

GO.


46 posted on 05/25/2011 7:55:32 AM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: Texas Eagle

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!


47 posted on 05/25/2011 7:57:09 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: DManA
I’d say the band screwed this one up.

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.

48 posted on 05/25/2011 8:00:30 AM PDT by Right_in_Virginia
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To: Catsrus

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


49 posted on 05/25/2011 8:02:13 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: SeekAndFind

Alynski said use ridicule to minimize your opponent, this trip is 10 great political commercials against this maroon!


50 posted on 05/25/2011 8:05:00 AM PDT by big bad easter bunny
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