Friday, March 20, 2009

"Oceana Was Always At War With Eurasia" of the Day

Remember how having a President who understood Europe was supposed to improve our foreign relations? Yet, Obama flubbed his first opportunity, by snubbing British Prime Minister Gordon Brown a few weeks ago? Indeed, recall that--in addition to omitting the traditional joint press conference and state dinner--the President "cheaped out on the traditional gift exchange," as the Daily Mail reported earlier this month:
As he headed back home from Washington, Gordon Brown must have rummaged through his party bag with disappointment.

Because all he got was a set of DVDs. Barack Obama, the leader of the world's richest country, gave the Prime Minister a box set of 25 classic American films - a gift about as exciting as a pair of socks.

Mr Brown is not thought to be a film buff, and his reaction to the box set is unknown. But it didn't really compare to the thoughtful presents he had brought along with him.

The Prime Minister gave Mr Obama an ornamental pen holder made from the timbers of the Victorian anti-slave ship HMS Gannet.

The unique present delighted Mr Obama because oak from the Gannet's sister ship, HMS Resolute, was carved to make a desk that has sat in the Oval Office in the White House since 1880.

Mr Brown also handed over a framed commission for HMS Resolute and a first edition of the seven-volume biography of Churchill by Sir Martin Gilbert.
Well, the upshot is still worse, because it turns out that our sophisticated, worldly President didn't know that DVD and TV standards are different in the U.K.:
While not exactly a film buff, Gordon Brown was touched when Barack Obama gave him a set of 25 classic American movies -- including Psycho, starring Anthony Perkins on his recent visit to Washington.

Alas, when the PM settled down to begin watching them the other night, he found there was a problem.

The films only worked in DVD players made in North America and the words "wrong region" came up on his screen. Although he mournfully had to put the popcorn away, he is unlikely to jeopardise the special relationship -- or "special partnership", as we are now supposed to call it -- by registering a complaint.

A Downing Street spokesman said he was "confident" that any gift Obama gave Brown would have been "well thought through," but referred me to the White House for assistance on the "technical aspects".
Were the press less partisan, "wrong region" would be this Administration's "mission accomplished." (So far, Obama's striking out in Europe too.) Though, to be fair, the President promised only to "restore science to its rightful place"--not engineering.

(via The Corner)

4 comments:

bobn said...

Were the press less partisan, "wrong region" would be this Administration's "mission accomplished."

Oh please. A (stupid, admittedly) diplomatic blunder compared to the stupidest military/foreign policy move of at least a generation? No comparison at all. Just for starters, how many pople died because of "wrong region"? How many trillions have we spent because of "wrong region"?

OBloodyHell said...

> A Downing Street spokesman said he was "confident" that any gift Obama gave Brown would have been "well thought through," but referred me to the White House for assistance on the "technical aspects".

"Well thought through" my ASS.

Man, this is just SO absurd. Apparently, Obama delegated this not insignificant task to some junior asshole who'd never even been out of the states, probably never even out of chicago, considering the downright spectacularly lame nature of these gifts. Anyone with any experience at all in such activities would have had an idea what was expected. Who selected these, Obama's 14yo niece?

"Thanks, Unca Obama!!"

:-S

These "gifts" show all the advance thought and consideration of Dad's "Christmas tie" and Mom's "power saw".

> Oh please. A (stupid, admittedly) diplomatic blunder compared to the stupidest military/foreign policy move of at least a generation? No comparison at all. Just for starters, how many pople died because of "wrong region"? How many trillions have we spent because of "wrong region"?

Uh, bobn, can ya be more specific about the nature of your whines? I grant, it makes it difficult for me to smack you down for specific cause when you're remarkably vague as to the exact nature of your complaint, but it does still mean I get to call you an idiot for failing to adequately identify what it is you're complaining about.

I can't even tell for certain which **PotUS** you're attacking...

bobn said...

OBH: Agree with you on the utter lameness Obama's presents to Brown. Hard to imagine this level of stupidity.

As to which POTUS, it would be the POS who stood in front of the "Mission Accomplished" banner 5+ years ago.

Carl said...

bobn:

The Iraq invasion was and is America at its best. However many trillions were spent were worth it; the unfortunate casualties were too. Btw, the sign was put up at the request of the Navy, not Bush.