Has Obama Snubbed the British Prime Minister?
The Brits Say Yes.
During Barack Obama's run for the White House; one of his perceived weaknesses was in international affairs. The new President's interactions with one of America's closest allies - the United Kingdom - may be proving the critics right. According to reports in various British media outlets, the U.S. President snubbed British Prime Minister Gordon Brown during his visit to the White House last week.
On Friday The Daily Telegraph miffed:
"President Obama has been rudeness personified towards Britain. His handling of the visit of the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, to Washington was appalling.
The list of offenses is quite long. First, Obama is said to have cancelled a planned, podium-to-podium news conference with Brown, and also recently removed a bust of former Prime Minister Winston Churchill from the Oval Office. Adding further insult to the PM's visit were the cheap and thoughtless gifts that the President gave Mr. Brown and his family.
Brown clearly took care in choosing his gift for President Obama, presenting him with a pen holder crafted from the timbers of the 19th century British warship HMS President. The HMS President's sister ship, the HMS Resolute had previously provided the wood for the Oval Office's desk. Therefore the PM's gift was clearly not a last minute thought.
Obama, however, did not take the same amount of care in choosing the British leader's gift - 25 DVDs of American classic movies. In fact, some believe he put absolutely no thought in to it at all for several reasons: Brown could get these movies anywhere himself, and US DVDs are typically incompatible with UK DVD players. Oh, and Brown is blind in one eye.
The First Lady's gifts to Brown's children - Fraser and John - have also been labeled equally as offensive as the gifts the President gave to the Prime Minister. Michelle Obama gave the two boys toy models of Marine One, one of the President's helicopters, that the Times of London says were likely pulled from the White House gift shop at the last minute.
In contrast, Brown's wife Sarah came with much more thoughtful gifts. She picked out dresses and matching necklaces from the trendy UK store Top Shop for Obama's girls, Sasha and Malia, as well as a selection of books by British authors.
Other British papers have been quick to point out that this simply shows that the once "special" relationship that the UK and US shared is no longer all that special.
THE POINT IS:
Great Britain is our greatest ally. Their troops have been fighting & dying side by side our troops.
Without them who would we have??? Canada? If you would like to write to the British Embassy to apologize for our fumbling president & his wife who are rapidly taking our country down the road to ruin, please write to:
3100 Massachusetts Ave, NW