Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Ever have a relative that continually embarassed you . . .
if not, you now have a President who can do the same thing.
First, he showers Gordon Brown, the partially blind Prime Minister of Great Britain, a set of DVDs that will not even work on European DVD players (setting aside the fact that, given his vision impairment, Mr. Brown does not watch movies).
Now, apparently, he has decided to really, really try to make a good impression. So, what gift did Obama present to Queen Elizabeth II? A book signed by one of the founders? A side table created from the wood of an early American whaling ship? Perhaps a uniquely styled paperweight crafted from metal salvaged from the U.S.S. Tuscaloosa, a heavy cruiser that participated in many of the key engagements in the Atlantic Ocean, was an escort for the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944, and escorted Prime Minister Winston Churchill's ship on its way to North Africa for the Casablanca conference. You know, a gift that anyone with some sense of history, proportion, respect, and three minutes spare time could have thought up.
Instead, Obama gave Her Majesty a gift one can purchase at any Wal-Mart for a couple of hundred dollars an iPod.
Most American children received a more thoughtful and valuable gift from their aunts or uncles last Christmas.
Special relationship? Not for the Obamatron.
What a putz.