Skip to comments.Queen Declines to Bail Out Bam
Posted on 05/25/2011 3:24:59 PM PDT by Kaslin
RUSH: Folks, I'm telling you look how unsure Obama is. He doesn't even dare to speak to audiences in the United States now!
He has to go to Europe to find an audience with grownups, and look! He loves hanging around with monarchs. He really envies the Queen. He hopes to be that someday. (He's gotta learn how to do a toast.) You see that? That's hilarious. Now, if that had been Bush? (snorts) Well, you know what they'd be doing. The media today for Obama says, "Couldn't the Queen have bailed him out? Couldn't the Queen have picked up her glass and clinked his at the time...? Couldn't she at least have done that?" Let me ask you, you people in the media: If you're the Queen, and you have been disrespected by this man and his wife since the day they took office, what the hell would you do?
s everybody supposed to grow up and be bigger just to make sure it goes okay for Obama? The Queen has been known to do this. I don't remember the exact story, and it may even be legend, but there's a story out there that Queen or somebody was having dinner in her presence and the guy was just botching every protocol, and it got so bad the Queen started following his lead just to be classy and not have him be embarrassed and so forth. So the media, "Couldn't she have done that? Look at Obama! He's just foundering out there. Somebody didn't brief him properly. Somebody didn't brief him properly" or what? Or maybe didn't understand the playbook, or he said, "To hell with it." I don't know, but regardless, "Couldn't she have bailed him out? We feel was so, so, so bad. He was so poorly briefed." You really have to see this, and you have to look at it two or three times. Libs blame botched toast on everyone but Obama.The first thing you look at is the Queen, and you note the Queen fully aware of the gaffe that's taking place here. I mean you do not offer the Queen your glass until the music's over. You don't pick up your glass and offer your Queen your glass to toast until the music's over. He had no teleprompter 'cause you can't put one in there so he's got no cards and they're on the table, and they're way back so he has to lean over to read every other word of the toast. He blows the word "vitality" at the beginning; he pauses because he's unsure of himself and the band (for whatever reason) starts playing. My take, when I look at it, I said, "This is like the Academy Awards where some recipient's gone on and on too long and they give him the hook." So he continues to give the toast while the band is playing "God Save the Queen." He finally figures out he should stop that. It's totally botched.
Here is the audio of that: Buckingham Palace yesterday in London.
OBAMA: Ladies and gentlemen, please stand with me and raise your glasses as I propose a toast: To Her Majesty the Queen. The vit...al...ity of --
(band strikes up "God Save the Queen")
OBAMA: -- the special relationship between our peoples and in the words of Shakespeare, "To this blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England. To the Queen...
RUSH: At that point he gave up. The Queen's looking dumbfounded, not looking at him. He's offering her the glass. She doesn't clink it. He finally goes on a little longer and he says again "to the Queen," and they clink glasses and so forth. Now, here's the media montage. Of course, now, if Bush had done this it would have been portrayed as a horrible breach of protocol, and an international incident, but with Obama it's everybody else's fault but his.
JAKE TAPPER: The orchestra mistakenly played the British National Anthem, "God Save the Queen," before the president was done. He forged on undeterred.
JAKE TAPPER: The orchestra mistakenly played the British National Anthem, "God Save the Queen," before the president was done. He forged on undeterred.
SUNLEN MILLER: Interrupting the President's toast! Music over his words to the Queen.
CARL QUINTANILLA: The band started up.... Band started up before he was finished with his toast.
ROBERT MOORE: The band struck up the National Anthem too early.
CHIP REID: The special moment turned awkward when the orchestra started playing "God Save the Queen" while the president was still toasting.
ARTHUR AIDALA: Poor Obama! I don't think he knew what to do.
F. CHUCK TODD: Somebody in the President's, uh, protocol staff, uh, clearly didn't brief him well enough.
SAVANNAH GUTHRIE: She kind of left him hanging. Would it have killed her...?
F. CHUCK TODD: She really did! (chuckles)
SAVANNAH GUTHRIE: She could have just said, "To heck with the protocol; I'll clink your glass."
RUSH: See? The Queen botched it. The Queen should have understood what was going on. Obama was poorly briefed. (sigh) I'm tired of people making excuses for these people. It's everybody else's fault but the Obamas -- the worldly, sophisticated Obamas. He seems to be... I mean, "God Save the Queen!" I mean, it's a national anthem. You shut up. He seems to be unaware that it is standard practice to pipe down and stand at attention when a national anthem is being played. He was the last guy to put his glass down. He was the only guy with his glass up, put his glass down when he finally figured it out and stood at the quasi-attention. Toasts to the Queen by tradition are brief and to the point. Nobody gives speeches. You say, "To Her Majesty the Queen," and you sit down and you shut up. In fact, I don't even think it was the fault of the orchestra, because traditionally toasts to the Queen are very short and they're not much more involved than "To the Queen." That's it. I think the band probably figured, "Okay, that's toast. Let's get it in gear, here, Lester." It was kinda funny to watch.
"Mr. Limbaugh, do you really take pride in the embarrassment of the US chief executive?"
Oh, yes. Damn straight I do. BREAK TRANSCRIPT
RUSH: I did some research the top of the hour. It is very true, the traditional toast to her majesty is essentially, "To Her Majesty the Queen," that's it, and it happens to be when the band kicked in. Now, toasts to Her Royal Majesty are, by tradition, brief, and to the point. They usually amount to little more than "To Her Majesty the Queen." So it wasn't the fault of the orchestra that they assumed Obama was finished. And you have to ask yourself, at least I asked myself, "Who is writing Obama's toasts these days?" Is there anything more shop worn than to praise Britain by quoting this sceptred isle speech by Shakespeare? And I'm not sure he was even that familiar with it as he was reading it. They were Getting all over Newt Gingrich here about his, what, $500,000 bill at Tiffany. Any similar questions about Michelle (My Belle) and her wardrobe and her jewelry and who happens to maybe be paying for it? The last I checked Newt was buying his own stuff.
The Kenyan Pretender is an idiot.
He should send her an ipod with the toast.
Entirely predictable MSM response. Blame is laid on everyone and everything, except for their Messiah. Obama could have whipped out a cigarette and the MSM would have blamed the Queen for not offering to light it.
This morning MSDNC called it the Bands fault.
Man — who needs comedy channel, we have McWookie and husband.
Sadly, that is certainly how the rest of the world sees US: any people stupid enough to elect this classless popinjay are stupid indeed.
I think you got that right
He is an embarrasment
Are you sure President Narcissus, didn’t begin his toast with “To Karl Marx and The Unions!”
He has made the entire country into a joke.
I watched her look at him when he tried to toast her. Believe me it wasn’t a friendly look
The Queen knows Obama is a waste of air!
I was astounded to see Obama continuing to blather over “God Save the Queen”. That song isn't only the British national anthem — it's also the Royal Anthem of Canada, Australia, and several other nations. When I was (much) younger, I sang it every morning in school. Seeing Obama talk over it was as offensive to my ears, as having a foreign leader talk over “The Star Spangled Banner” would be to most Americans (perhaps not Democrats).
Forget whether the band started up too early or Bambi blew protocol. What I noticed was that by the time he got done with the botched toasting, and everyone raised their glass, he didn’t complete the toast and drink to Her Majesty. He just set the glass back down without drinking. Now, to give a toast, then not drink is just flat rude, and in some circles, is taken that you don’t mean the words you toasted.
The look on Obamas face was hysterical after she told him to put it down. The man has no humor at all.
God Save the Queen!
(however, the truth is that for whatever reason, Billy thinks he has a shot at working at the WH as an Obama adviser. I don't know why. I think Obama or someone at the WH baited him. this incessant Obama praise got really, really, bad after his last Obama interview, and he started saying things like, “let's say I'm an adviser to Obama, here's what i’d say” and so on.)
Just imagine if President Bush would have done this the LSM would have been all over it and you would still hear about it today.
Protocol is for squares.
Maybe they should have had George and Laura Bush tutor him on the proper way to behave in the various venues of our best allies.
Here is the YouTube: 1 min
I am curious what is protocol when an error starts to occur. When the band is listening for the words “To the Queen!” and they hear it, they are not exactly wrong, are they? So they start in to play.
At THAT point what is the correct protocol? I do not know queenly etiquette but of course National Anthem etiquette is the same in both our countries — YOU DO NOT SPEAK. So Obama in my belief should have, even as he was continuing with his toast, lowered his glass, mumbled “Sorry,” and stood at attention.
I do not think the band would have been able to STOP the national anthem, so that takes precedence to me.
Can anyone correct my impression? What should a head of state have done? Everyone else put down their glasses. Why did he insist on speaking through the national anthem?
Also, there was a famous example of the queen doing something at a royal dinner with one of our leaders, years ago, where in order to make the guest feel comfortable, she copied his faux pas. She was highly praised for this. I do not remember what it was but it was a dining error.
But how could the Queen, if she had wanted to, help out Obama in this incident last night? She can’t exactly disrupt her own country’s national hymn.
Well, she could have helped us.
Since he is a British subject, she could have had him thrown in the dungeons for insulting the crown.
“Just imagine if President Bush would have done this the LSM would have been all over it”
Yes, we all know there would be endless jokes with alcohol, ignorance and cowboy themes. The left wing TV hosts would have a field day with it.
It was a priceless moment...just another in the line of dumb and dumber, and totally disrespectful.
The man simply has no idea about nationality, national pride, patriotism, tradition, or protocol. Because he has no nationality, he thinks patriotism and national anthems are bellicose and fake. He was raised with loyalty to nothing but himself. Remember he’s the citizen of the world. The communist who believes only in the collective citizenery of which HE shoul be king, because he’s the briliant omnipotent genius and smarter than everybody else.
This whole thing, once again, was a disgusting embarrassment to Americans. Especially in light of the fact that this is the Queen, who put on her boots and drove an ambulance in WWII, always gracious and respectful of the step-child country that came to her country’s rescue and fought off her cousins from the north who came to confiscate and murder her citizenery.
I don’t believe in monarchism or totalitarianism, and disagree with many things about Europe’s governance. But THIS woman of strength and dignity, and great good humor, who could crack jokes with President Bush and treated him with great respect, has earned the dignity accorded her.
As each day goes by, Obama is becoming more frustrated and angry at the failure of the world to realize what a gift to mankind he is. I predicted, and still predict, he will not complete his run for a second term. He’s there because a lot of Chicago thugs and socialists wanted to put him there - but he himself hates the job - you can tell by his uncaring, his frequent golf trips, his overseas trips, his lack of leadership on the budget. The man is an acute failure.
Holy cow!! I just looked up the video,
Why would a person who pays no respect to our national anthem, pay any to that of another nation?
That fat little Lefty, Leno, and the elderly Lefty cadaver, Letterman, would be doing Bush toast jokes for two or three weeks, and their terminally dense audiences would have laughed uproariously, as though they were funny.
I don't watch either one of them, but I think it would be great to have some funny looking guy do a youtube stand-up routine of marginally humorous Letterman bashing jokes, making fun of his family and abusive personality, and have it go viral.
Doesn’t anyone give him advise?
Hillary maybe. ;)
All the fawning media makes excuses for this idiot meanwhile in the video I didn’t see another guest bobble about anything, Obama was OBVIOUSLY screwing up, everyone else knew what to do, how to act during this moment. Not only that but he reads like a gradeschooler.
This guy is such a fraud, a hoax perpetrated on us by communists, Marxists, the nation is toast if it tolerates such things and I see no opposition doing its duty. Lawlessness abounds, we are going to pay for this big time, it’s only begun.
Everywhere I look I see gutless, clueless RINOs stabbing each other in the back prancing around like the girly-men they are, nothing more than faggots looking for air time.
No no the band didn’t start to early. Like Rush said the traditional toast to her majesty is essentially, “To Her Majesty the Queen.” That’s it
I was astounded to see Obama continuing to blather over God Save the Queen.
The dope Obama probably thought it was the song “America” played in his honor~a back-up to a stupid toast, so to speak~
After all, isn’t it all about Obama~~~(sarcasm)
I think the point is that these kinds of protocols are supposed to be worked out well in advance to at least try and keep the embarrassing moments to a minimum. Clearly there are no adults in charge and it shows, grossly...
It's a safe wager that both State Department and White House protocol officers told Obama exactly how to handle the toast.
Problem was, neither was authorized to program the Teleprompter. Which would have, upon the first few notes of "God Save The Queen" defaulted to "SHUT UP".
FWIW the queen didn’t drink either. Not sure what the protocol on the drinking is (maybe heads of states skip the toast?) but talking over the anthem is a major gaffe.
And if it were not bad enough that he’s a sad-sack dirt merchant who is embarrassing his country, the poor dumb sonofabitch still has to wake up next to Moose-shelle every morning...
Hussein is "The Gaffer".
Has it crossed the minds of the Lamestreamers that maybe he was briefed, and then did whatever he felt like instead?
Okie01, I expect that you are exactly right. I also expect that these protocol officers are among the most frustrated people in the country, because it's my belief that the Obamas either don't listen to the briefings or else blow them off, because they don't think all that stuff applies to them.
They are so very different and special, you know.
After all, isn't that how they have made their way through life to this point: the usual rules for most people don't apply to them???
So, you're saying he finally did something real, something from the heart, and dissed the Queen to her face?
Obama the Mau-Mau bastard and legacy punk. Who needs to be sitting in a rent-controlled one-bedroom co-op somewhere, joint in hand and glass of plonk at the ready, expounding the glories of Cloward-Piven to the brothers.
And this guy's got the codes, got the football, got the jet, got the Marine Corps Band. Our poor country -- dragged through the street by the hair like a Bowery whore by a Communist lawyer and his billionaire patrons.
She should put him in the Tower, on the rack and have his genitals soaked in lye.
Yeah, smartest guy in the world is a dimwitted national embarrassment
Resident Popinjay indeed. Wake me up when he retires back to his home country, wherever that is, it sure as he’ll ain’t here.
I wonder what William F. Buckley would have made of this? Thank God he went to his reward and never had to see this.
My parents, too -- decent people, fought the Big Show (he in Hap Arnold's Eighth Air Force, she in the British nursing cadre of a big London hospital), raised four kids to be honest, decent, and straight. She a British royalist, bled British royal blue to the last day of her life. They'd have been beyond humiliated by this spectacle.